Conference: Central American Refugees in Detention - Rethinking US Immigration

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015 -
9:15am to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
UCLA Faculty Center - Sequoia Room
In recent years, dominant US sentiment about immigration has settled into two contradictory positions:  1) support for DREAM Act children, and 2) retributive positions toward their parents and other undocumented adults. In 2014, the massive detention of Central American refugees—many of them mothers and their children fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries—raised larger issues about US foreign and immigration policies relative to human rights. This conference brings together scholars, attorneys, and activists who have been effective in seeking justice for twenty-first century Central American refugees. The goal is to broaden the public understanding of this crisis, reframe the debates about immigration, and share effective tactics for social justice.
 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Denise L. Gilman, Professor and Director of Immigration Clinic, University of Texas School of Law
  • Peter A. Schey, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law; Class Counsel on Behalf of Immigrant Minors, Flores v. Johnson
 
This event is FREE and open to the public. Program begins at 9:15 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Registration through Eventbrite ONLY; advance registration is required. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact csrcinfo@chicano.ucla.edu.
 
THIS EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE AT: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/LrLVZSC9SsF
 
This conference is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and made possible through the generous support of Tamar Diana Wilson. Additional support comes from the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, UCLA Latin American Institute, and UCLA International Institute.
 

ATTACHED BELOW:

  • Guía de Recursos para Familias Inmigrantes Centro Americanas en Los Angeles (UCLA Labor Center, 2015)
  • Conference flyer
  • Conference program
Image: Jess X Chen, "I Will Never Stop Reaching For You" / www.jessxchen.com @jessxchen. Used with permission from the artist and created as part of CultureStrike's "Visions From The Inside" art project, a collaborative effort between 15 visual artists and detained migrants at the Karnes Detention Center in Texas.
 
A recording of this conference can be found on the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center YouTube channel.
 

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