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Ecologies of Migrant Care: Protecting Migrants, Defending Rights

Thursday, April 4, 2019 6:00 — 8:00 pm

To celebrate the launch of the Ecologies of Migrant Care website, the Hemispheric Institute invites you to a roundtable discussion with leading figures in the movement for migrant justice. Panelists will discuss the immediate challenges facing migrants and immigration activists in this political moment, as well as long-term strategies for building coalitions and strengthening the movement. Please join us as we hear from activists and scholars working to defend and demand the rights of migrants, and to learn more about the resources available on the EMC platform.

About Ecologies of Migrant Care:

Ecologies of Migrant Care (EMC) is an initiative of the Hemispheric Institute that aims to research, document, and make visible the ongoing humanitarian emergency of refugee migrants from Central America as they cross Mexico towards the United States, and the diverse and widespread responses to this situation by individuals, communities of faith, non-governmental organizations, and social movements across the region. The EMC website houses nearly 100 interviews with migrants, activists, faith leaders, journalists, academics, and artists working to defend and demand the rights of refugee migrants across the region, in addition to photo galleries, artistic interventions, news updates, and additional resources. This work is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. For more, please visit https://migration.hemi.press.

Live video broadcast will be available starting at 6 pm (EST) here.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Panel participants include:

Sara Gozalo is the Supervising Coordinator of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, where she has worked since 2016. She coordinates the NSC’s asylum clinic for immigrants without attorneys and the NSC’s accompaniment program, which provides people in danger of deportation with teams of community members to accompany them to hearings before federal immigration authorities. She also helps organize political actions and demonstrations led by the NSC. She has volunteered as an interpreter and in the Dilley Detention Center in Texas, assisting Central American families facing deportation. Sara is originally from Madrid, Spain. She is a queer immigrant and a lifelong advocate for social justice and immigrants’ rights who believes in a world without borders, where everyone has the right to live in dignity.

Aldo Ledón Pereyra is a member of Voces Mesoamericanas and the Transborder Board of Migrations & Gender. His work focuses on the search for missing migrants, the use of forensic procedures for identification, the psychological and social care of victims, and the implementation and monitoring of governmental mechanisms for the legal protection of human and labor rights.

Alexandra Délano Alonso is an Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, migration in the Central America-Mexico-US corridor, sanctuary, and the politics of memory in relation to borders, violence, and migration.

Jamila Hammami is a queer, non- binary first­ generation Tunisian­ Arab American mixed person of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC. As a long time organizer, they are a founder and Former Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP). In the summer of 2018, they left QDEP to pursue a doctorate of social work, focusing on community organizing, research, and to teach in the social work and community organizing departments at Hunter College.

Pastor Fabian Arias is the pastor of Iglesia de Sion, a Spanish-speaking congregation of Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. A native of Argentina, Pastor Arias moved to the United States in the 1990s. The people of Saint Peter’s Church accompanied Pastor Arias throughout the immigration process. He completed seminary training and was ordained in 2003. He has led Iglesia de Sion ever since.

Diana Taylor, Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Pablo Dominguez Galbraith, Amanda Sommer Lotspike,s and Alexei Taylorstrong> from the EMC team will be presenting the website.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.