Sixteen year-old Edgar Chocoy pleaded with a U.S. court not to deport him to Guatemala. "If I go back, they'll kill me." This true story, crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters tells the story of the case that challenged the conscience of a nation.
In 2002, at the age of 14, Edgar fled Guatemala to escape the largest gang in Central America. He traveled over 3,000 miles, across the borders of three countries, in search of his mother, who come to the US to find work. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he pleaded with a
Colorado judge to grant him asylum and not deport him to Guatemala, where he was certain the gang he escaped would kill him. De Novo chronicles the gripping true story of Edgar and other undocumented youth.