Notes from Baby Jail: The Politics of Immigrant Family Detention

A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

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.


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

Nov. 1, 2016 - 6:00 PM