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From behind the barbed wire: Uncaged Art from the Tornillo Children’s Detention Center

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Director of the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso and an Associate Professor in History as she explores the ethical and historical issues associated with curating an art exhibit created by anonymous migrant youth held in detention. Tornillo opened in June 2018 and closed in January 2019. At the time, it was the largest detention center for young unaccompanied asylum-seekers. In December 2018 and January 2019, students engaged in an art project intended to help them remember their towns, cities, and countries as well as the culture and history of where they came from. While psychologists and attorneys witnessed depressed and anxious youth, held in prison like settings, they were able to create beautiful art that spoke to their desire to be free.

*Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

**Special Alumni access guided tour of Human Rights Exhibit at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline Houston, TX 77004

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Center for Latino Studies, Alumni Relations
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