2018 Symposium

Immigration Law Forum: Civil Rights Behind Bars

The James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice are pleased to invite you to a two-day conference titled Immigration Law Forum: Civil Rights Behind Bars. The forum will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School on November 2-3, 2018. Topics include troubling trends in immigration enforcement and detention, the use of federal court litigation to protect immigrants and lessons from the civil rights era. Conference sessions will provide attendees with legal context and background of current immigration practices and will also provide practical guidance and strategies for litigation and advocacy in this challenging climate. Attendees will hear from leading litigators and educators from across the country who are involved in high-profile cases at all levels of the immigration adjudication system including the United States Supreme Court.

Schedule: Friday, November 2nd, 2018

4:30 pm

Impact Immigration Litigation in the Federal Courts
Lee Gelernt, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project


Schedule: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

9:10 am

Sanctuary Cities and Protecting Immigrants and Refugees
Christopher Lasch, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Michelle Rivero, City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
ThaoMee Xiong, City of St. Paul Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

10:40 am

Innovative Organizing to Stop Deportations
Pablo Tapia, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles
Estefania Navarro, NAVIGATE-MN
Ched Nin, Release MN 8
Jenny Srey, Release MN 8
Tammi Thompson, ISAIAH

1:00 pm

Critical Relief: Nuts and Bolts on How to Get People Out of Detention
Kathy Moccio, University of Minnesota Law School
Rebecca Scholtz, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)
Claudia Valenzuela, National Immigrant Justice Center

2:50 pm

Resilience and Endurance: Advocating in a Time of Injustice
Steve Kraemer, Conversations with Friends
Claudia Valenzuela, National Immigrant Justice Center
Tim Warden-Hertz, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project