De Novo

On the streets of Guatemala City,
Gang members were Edgar’s only family…
But he dreamed of a different future.
To leave the gang was a death sentence.
Coming to the USA was his last hope.

This documentary play, crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters tells the gripping true story of fourteen year old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle to be allowed to stay in the United States.

“Riveting…superb acting and directing.”

Show Business Weekly

“Urgent timely, docudrama.”


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Immigration Resources

The Door Legal Services

121 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-9090
Direct legal inquiries to ext. 3280

Lawyers for Children

110 Lafayette Street 8th Floor
New York, NY 10013

(800) 244-2540
(212) 966-6420

Legal Aid Society of Rockland County

Juvenile Rights Division 2 Congers Road
New City, NY 10956
(845) 634-3627

Legal Aid Immigration Law Unit

199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 577-3300

NYSDA Immigrant Defense Project

3 W. 29th Street, Suite 803
New York, NY 10001
(212) 725-6422
(800) 391-5713

Safe Passage Immigration Project

Justice Action Center
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
NY, NY 10013

(212) 431-2100

They make referrals to immigration attorneys in Long Island, NYC, and some upstate counties.

National Organizations that Provide Assistance/Referrals:

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

1331 G Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 824-8680


(pro-bono partnership pairing youth with law firm volunteers)

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)

415 Michigan Ave NE
Suite 200
Washington DC 20017

(202) 635-5819

(pro-bono program only for youth in removal proceedings)

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