Immigration and Refugee Policy In Crisis: Reflections for a New President
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE POLICY IN CRISIS: REFLECTIONS FOR A NEW PRESIDENT
February 18th @ 10:00 AM- 4: 00 PM – FedEx Global Education Center
The Curriculum in Global Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Space is limited to the first 200 registrants. Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
9:30am Registration and Coffee
10:15-12:30 Panel 1, Immigration Policy in Crisis
12:30-1:30 Lunch (Atrium)
1:30-3:45 Panel 2, Refugee Policy in Crisis
3:45-4:00 Concluding Remarks
Immigration and refugee policy has reached a global crisis. More people are compelled to cross borders than ever in our planet’s history, and many are entering communities hostile to their presence. Moreover, the role of nations and states in providing for economic and political refugees is an increasingly contentious topic the world over. At the dawn of a new presidential administration in the United States, we invite reflection and recommendations on these concerns. What might the newly elected administration consider when revisiting our country’s immigrant and refugee policies? How might we encourage greater reflection of the role of U.S. foreign policy in shaping refugee flows at the national and international levels? And what are the implications of the new presidential administration for migrant and refugee communities in the United States and abroad? Join us for a day of roundtable dialogue with researchers, community practitioners, and policymakers working on key topics of immigration policy reform and refugee resettlement and services. With opportunities for discussion among leading experts and breakout policy discussions that engage all audience participants, the event will explore what’s at stake in this time of transition as well as opportunities for setting new research and policymaking agendas.
We are Grateful to the following Co-Sponsors:
the College of Arts and Sciences, the Latino Migration Project, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Migration Studies Group, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Anthropology and its Race, Difference and Power Concentration, the UNC Latina/o Studies Program, the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the UNC School of Law, and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Roundtable 1: Immigration Policy in Crisis
Tanya Golash-Boza is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She has published five sole-authored books and 35 articles and book chapters. Her research focuses on issues of race and immigration. Her latest book, Deported, explains mass deportation in the context of the global economic crisis. Her previous book, Due Process Denied, describes how and why non-citizens in the United States have been detained and deported for minor crimes, without regard for constitutional limits on disproportionate punishment. Immigration Nation provides a critical analysis of the impact that U.S. immigration policy has on human rights.
Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. Her ethnographic research with undocumented people and their family members explores how immigration status works to reproduce categorical inequalities in a “postracial” United States. Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz is the author of more than a dozen journal articles, as well as two books: Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network and Becoming Legal: Immigration Law and Mixed Status Families. She is also active in Chicago’s immigrant rights community.
Raul Pinto joined the North Carolina Justice Center as a Staff Attorney in the Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project in 2014. He previously worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where his work focused on investigating violations of civil rights with an emphasis on immigrants’ rights, racial justice and community interaction with law enforcement. Mr. Pinto also conducted extensive public education about constitutional rights to Spanish speaking audiences, as well as developing written materials in Spanish about protecting civil liberties.
Laura López-Sanders is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining UNC, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Post-doctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley, where she researched access to and utilization of health services for unauthorized immigrant populations. Dr. López-Sanders’ research has been published in the Latino Studies and the American Behavioral Scientist journals. She is currently working on a book that examines the influence of race relations on the integration of unauthorized Latina/o immigrants in new immigrant gateways.
Angela Stuesse, Facilitator
Angela Stuesse is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her award-winning book, Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South, based on six years of activist research engagement with poultry workers, explores how new Latino migration into the rural U.S. South has impacted the region’s racial hierarchies and working communities’ abilities to organize for better wages and working conditions. Her more recent work sheds light on state and local immigrant policing and the experiences of undocumented young people in higher education.
Roundtable 2: Refugee Policy in Crisis
Evelyn Smallwood is an associate at Hatch Rockers Immigration in Durham, North Carolina, where she practices immigration law. Ms. Smallwood currently serves as the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Carolinas’ Chapter Asylum Response Coordinator and has been working with the UNC Law School on an initiative to increase the capacity and quality of legal representation for Central American women and children seeking asylum in the Charlotte Immigration Court. Among her proudest accomplishments, Ms. Smallwood has represented women and children who are being detained while seeking asylum in the U.S., for which she received the AILA 2015 Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award.
Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP, is an academic general pediatrician with a career devoted to community pediatrics, medical education, and advocacy. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Linton works in the primary care setting and serves as the Advocacy Director for the Wake Forest Pediatric Residency Program. She is Co-Chair of the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group and is a co-author of both the AAP Immigrant Health Toolkit and the AAP Policy Statement, Promoting Food Security for All Children. In the community, she co-founded the Forsyth County Refugee Health Collaborative and is an active member of the Forsyth Adolescent Health Coalition.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Cynthia Mejia immigrated to Central Florida with her family in 1981. In interpreting for her parents and their friends she developed a passion for social services. For nearly a decade Ms. Mejia worked with the Florida Department of Children and Families, first with developmentally and physically disabled individuals and then as a Child Protective Investigator. After moving to North Carolina she worked as a Foster Care and Adoptions social worker before joining the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project, which she now serves as Training Coordinator/Assistant Director at the Center for New North Carolinians, UNCG.
Hannah Gill, Facilitator
An anthropologist with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean migration studies, Hannah Gill directs the Latino Migration Project at UNC-Chapel Hill, a public educational program on Latin American immigration and integration in North Carolina. She is the author and co-author of two books: North Carolina and the Latino Migration Experience: New Roots in the Old North State and Going to Carolina de Norte, Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences. Dr. Gill holds a joint position at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, where she teaches a global service learning class that travels to Guanajuato, Mexico each year.