10:15 AM10:15

Roundtable Discussion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Activism and Advocating for Vulnerable Immigrants

When examining movements that have a significant impact on the distribution of legal rights, it can be argued that the affected group's perspective must be at the center of the discourse surrounding reform. In evaluating the interaction between law and "vulnerable" immigrant populations, law reforms are at a critical juncture where efficacy is challenged by models from other disciplines that may be more successful in implementing and impacting the distribution of legal rights through centralizing reforms around the client's voice.

This discussion permits social scientists and lawyers to enter into a dialogue exploring diverse interdisciplinary models for reforming the immigration system with the client's centering on the client's voice. The focus will be on how interdisciplinary frameworks may support new ways to conceptualize transforming the existing problems surrounding immigration advocacy and the equal distribution of rights within the immigration system.

Karla McKanders, University of Tennessee, College of Law 
Angela Banks, William and Mary 
Tricia Hepner, University of Tennessee   
Michele Statz, Carthage College 
Yacob T. Tekie, University of Tennessee, Knoxville  

Law and Society Association  Annual Meeting

Westin Seattle 
Room: Elliott Bay Anteroom 

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The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders
10:00 AM10:00

The Child Migrant: Children Crossing Borders

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10am-12pm McCormick Lounge at Coffey Hall

The purpose of this panel is to discuss the conditions contributing to the migration of unaccompanied minors and families, and the experiences they are facing when apprehended at the border. 

Lauren Heidbrink, MA/MS, Ph.D.Assistant Professor at National Louis University

Sonia Nazario, MA Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Enrique's Journey

Rev. Peter Neeley, S.J.Director of Educational Programs, Kino Border Initiative 

Peter Sanchez, Ph.D.Professor & Graduate Program Director at Loyola University Chicago 


2:30pm-4:30pm McCormick Lounge at Coffey Hall

The purpose of this panel is to discuss the current and proposed policies and practices responding to the surge of undocumented children, as well as the risks and challenges these children face by the US government’s current response.  The question, “What can, and what should we do?” will be addressed.

Lisa Koop JD.Associate Director of Legal Services as the National Immigrant Justice Center

 Sonia Nazario, MA Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Enrique's Journey

Maria Woltjen, J.D.Director, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago

Bradley C. Stolbach, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago

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6:30 PM18:30

From Alienation to Protection: Unaccompanied Migrant Youth


Lauren Heidbrink, an anthropologist and Assistant Professor at National Louis University, will discuss her recently published ethnography on unaccompanied child migration and detention entitled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture. Please come! 

Marjorie Kovler Center

1331 W. Albion

Chicago, Illinois 60626

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