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In the mid-1990s, four young, Latina lesbians from San Antonio, Texas, were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to years in prison. They were alleged to have sexually abused two young girls. Although there was no hard evidence against the women, an investigator had speculated they were involved in "satanic-related" rituals. Across the U.S. at the time, a prevalent notion (that unfortunately persists today) was that LGBTQ people were predisposed to sexually abusing children. Both beliefs played a significant role in convicting the women at trial.
Join us on Tuesday, March 28, for a screening of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four," a powerful documentary about how these four women fought against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration, which was finally achieved in November 2016.
Southwest of Salem: Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, March 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
The Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Anna Vasquez, one of the San Antonio Four, is coming to Phoenix for the screening and will discuss the film, her wrongful imprisonment, and her battle for justice, with the audience.
This screening and discussion are presented in conjunction with Arizona Justice Project and Trans Queer Pueblo.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.