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
Room: Elliott Bay Anteroom
An anthropologist of law and youth, Michele Statz will present her research on the legal rights and representation of young Chinese migrants at the University of Washington's Anthropology Department. All are invited!
Denny Hall, room 401
November 17th, 2015 3:30-5:30 pm
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.
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.
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
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