In 2009, Lauren Burke was working as a Skadden Fellow at The Door, a youth services center in New York City. As a member of the legal department, and a fluent Mandarin speaker, she worked with a large number of Chinese adolescents on their immigration cases. It wasn't long before she started seeing a pattern in her clients' lives. They were being sent from China to the U.S. by their parents, with no choice but to work underage to pay off massive smuggling debts and to send money home to their families.

Lauren soon became an authority on this particular brand of trafficking, connecting with attorneys, social workers and organizations around the country in order to help these young persons in need.

In 2011, she formed Atlas: DIY, a cooperative empowerment center for immigrant youth and their allies. Later that year, she took a position as the first staff attorney at the New York Asian Women's Center.

Most recently, through Atlas: DIY, she has been leveraging the power of the web and social media to disseminate essential information to young persons who may be eligible to apply for Deferred Action. Atlas: DIY's videos on Deferred Action have accumulated over 43,100 views.

We're privileged to have had the opportunity to interview Lauren for this film, and look forward to her contributions to the panel discussion following the screening on October 23.

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