Feb. 13: Panel Discussion on Immigrant Detention and Incarceration
Community Responses to Immigrant Detention and Incarceration
Weds., February 13, 12:30–2:00 p.m.Benson 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sid Richardson Hall Unit 1
Moderator: Shannon Speed, Dept. of Anthropology
Panelists will discuss the following responses to the crisis of immigrant detention and incarceration in the United States:
“Expose and Close: Confronting the Immigrant Detention Crisis” – Sam Vong, a member of the Texans United for Families coalition and a PhD candidate in History at Yale, was author of a recent report highlighting human rights violations at two immigrant detention centers in Texas.
“The Hutto Visitation Program: Solidarity with Women Detained” – More than 34,000 immigrants are detained on any given day in the United States. Rocío Villalobos, a coordinator of the Hutto Visitation Program and Program Coordinator at UT’s Multicultural Engagement Center, will discuss the program’s attempt to break the isolation of detention to this women-only detention center just outside of Austin.
“Operation Streamline: Confronting Migrant Criminalization” – Grassroots Leadership Executive Director Bob Libal will speak on the impact of Operation Streamline, a program that shifts immigration from the civil immigration system into the federal criminal justice system by criminally prosecuting immigrants for entering or reentering the country without authorization.
For more info: Natalie Arsenault, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-232-2404