Safe Horizon, Harry S. Truman High School and the John A. Reisenbach Foundation Present
Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Safe Horizon’s youth program at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, with the generous support of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, presents “De Novo: Part 1 Lil’ Silent,” a play chronicling the true stories of undocumented youth in U.S. immigration custody, particularly those of Latino descent. The play, performed by the Houses on the Moon Theater Company, is fraught with the danger, violence and abuse that define so many immigrant stories—and are all too familiar to many Bronx residents.
According to the 2000 Census, the Bronx has the highest immigrant population of all New York City’s boroughs. The Bronx is also plagued by the highest rates of violent crime, and gang violence is a growing concern, with gangs recruiting members in the borough’s schools. Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, has been working to address these issues in the Bronx for 30 years—preventing violence and promoting justice in the courts, in the schools and throughout the community.
“De Novo, Part 1: Lil’ Silent” is being presented as part of Safe Horizon’s Safe Harbor program at Truman High School, a comprehensive, year-long program that helps students address the underlying causes of violence and the impact of victimization. This new documentary play explores themes of violence and abuse central to the Safe Harbor program’s curriculum. Weaving together trial transcripts, one-on-one interviews, and other documentary material, the play reconstructs compelling true stories of unaccompanied “alien” minors in U.S. custody, several who struggle to escape the pull of violent gangs that prey on displaced youth. A discussion with the creative team and immigration and trauma experts will follow the play, which will be performed in English with some Spanish. In addition to the support of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, this program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Date: April 7, 2009
Times: 10:37 AM – 12:16 PM (for students); 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM (for the general public)
Location: 750 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475
Houses on the Moon Theater Company (www.housesonthemoon.org) was founded in the fall of 2001 with a mission to dispel ignorance and end isolation through the theatrical amplification of unheard voices. Houses on the Moon has performed at universities, high schools, conferences and community venues across the country.
The John A. Reisenbach Foundation (www.reisenbachfoundation.org) is the premier charitable organization of New York’s media and advertising communities. Since its founding in 1991, the Foundation’s mission has been to support programs dedicated to making New York City a safer and better place in which to live and work.
Safe Horizon (www.safehorizon.org) is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization and touches the lives of more than 350,000 victims of crime and abuse each year. Whether responding to child abuse, domestic violence, or other violence crimes, Safe Horizon helps victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives. Safe Horizon’s school programs offer students concrete alternatives to violence by focusing on leadership, empowerment, and the development of social, emotional and interpersonal skills.
Harry S. Truman High School (www.bxtrumanhighschool.com) is dedicated to educating students to become independent thinkers who will have intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. Committed to a dynamic program of academics, the arts and athletics, Truman High School supports an engaged faculty that challenges students to discover and explore their talents to the fullest.