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Green Card Stories Official Launch in NYC was a Success

The official launch of the Green Card Stories book was a success, with radio and TV interviews as well as panel discussions at universities, a bookstore and a law firm.

Two individuals featured in the book, Angela Andrade and Randolph Sealey, were interviewed with collaborator Stephen Yale-Loehr on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show on Monday, January 30, 2012. Stephen explained the current immigration debate and intricacies of immigration law. Angela and Randolph’s stories were woven into the discussion as examples of how they were able to obtain their green cards through legislation that no longer exists.

Two events were held simultaneously that same evening.  One at New York University was held by the Office of International Students and School.  Stephen Yale-Loehr and Randolph Sealey were joined by author Saundra Amrhein.  Another was at Bluestockings Bookstore where collaborator Laura Danielson and photographer Ariana Lindquist presented the book and answered many questions regarding the current immigration law.

On Tuesday, January 31, the entire Green Card Stories team including photographer Ariana Lindquist, author Saundra Amrhein and immigration lawyers and scholars Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Leohr met in the publisher’s office for a television interview with the Iranian version of Voice of America.

That evening, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hosted a panel discussion with all four collaborators, which was moderated by associate professor Howard French. The conversation focused on the process of producing the book and the timeliness of the topic in the media.

Saundra Amrhein was interviewed on NY1’s Spanish television channel on Wednesday, February 1.

The final event of the launch was hosted by Cleary Gottlieb and co-sponsored by Fragomen. The panel discussion featured Stephen Yale-Loehr; Saundra Amrhein; Lisa Koenig, Fragomen partner and pro bono director of the New York office; and special guest Farah Bala, actress, green card holder, and individual featured in the book. The panel was moderated by Alida Lasker, Cleary Gottlieb associate and co-coordinator of their pro bono immigration practice.

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