Nov 1

Notes from Baby Jail: The Politics of Immigrant Family Detention

at James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
  • Add to Calendar 2016-11-01 22:00:00 2016-11-01 22:00:00 Notes from Baby Jail: The Politics of Immigrant Family Detention In 2014, a surge of refugees fleeing violence in Central America began arriving at the U.S. border, many of them mothers and children. In response, the Obama administration began detaining refugee families in special facilities, an initially ad hoc practice that quickly became institutionalized. Today, the facilities that critics call “baby jails” are beset by serious legal, financial, and political challenges. Yet the number of refugee mothers and children in detention continues to rise. This panel brings together lawyers and advocacy experts as well as a former detainee to explore the politics of family detention today. Participants: Camille Mackler Director of Legal Initiatives New York Immigration Coalition Elora Mukherjee Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director Immigrants' Rights Clinic Columbia Law School Suny Rodríguez Alvarado Former Detainee at South Texas Residential Center Oriana Sanchez Advocacy Coordinator CARA Pro Bono Project South Texas Family Residential Center   Organized by: Nara Milanich, Associate Professor Department of History, Barnard College James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall Barnard barnard-admin@digitalpulp.com UTC public

In 2014, a surge of refugees fleeing violence in Central America began arriving at the U.S. border, many of them mothers and children. In response, the Obama administration began detaining refugee families in special facilities, an initially ad hoc practice that quickly became institutionalized. Today, the facilities that critics call “baby jails” are beset by serious legal, financial, and political challenges. Yet the number of refugee mothers and children in detention continues to rise. This panel brings together lawyers and advocacy experts as well as a former detainee to explore the politics of family detention today.

Participants:

Camille Mackler

Director of Legal Initiatives

New York Immigration Coalition

Elora Mukherjee

Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director

Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Columbia Law School

Suny Rodríguez Alvarado

Former Detainee at South Texas Residential Center

Oriana Sanchez

Advocacy Coordinator

CARA Pro Bono Project

South Texas Family Residential Center

 
Organized by: Nara Milanich, Associate Professor

Department of History, Barnard College

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