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Deportation, Migration, and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice Conference

March 18
Deportation, Migration, and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice

The Center’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Deportation, Migration and Human Rights. The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, advocates, and community organizers to think creatively about dilemmas facing immigrants to and deportees from the United States.

The following events are free and open to the public.

12:30 PM

LuisabUSed: The Postville Raid
Heights Room, Corcoran Common

abUSed- The Postville Raid tells the story of one of the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the history of the United States. Director Luis Argueta’s presentation will begin with a talk about the on-going situation in Postville and in the Guatemalan mountain villages from which the workers migrated followed by a screening of a half hour rough-cut segment of the film. Visit http://www.abusedthepostvilleraid.com/for more information.

See flyer here.

7:00 PM
Conference Keynote Addresses
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

See flyer here

Mr. Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Since March 2008, Mr. Noorani has been the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, based in Washington D.C. The Forum is one of the nation’s premier pro-immigrant advocacy and policy organizations and has been at the center of every major legislative and policy debate related to immigration over the past 25 years. Prior to joining the Forum, Noorani was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), an organization he joined in November 2003. Born in California, Noorani is the son of Pakistani immigrants. Ali is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. Recently, he received the Alfred L. Frechette Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association for exceptional leadership in promoting social justice and received the 2007 Boston University Young Alumni Award. Ali has authored numerous articles and currently serves on the board of the Campaign for Community Change.


Dr. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, New York City Department of Correction

Dr. Dora B. Schriro is Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction. Dr. Schriro served as Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning for the Department of Homeland Security, where she led an overhaul of the nation’s immigration detention system. Previously, she served six years as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections; led the Missouri Department of Corrections as Director from 1993 to 2001, and served as the City of St. Louis Warden and then Commissioner of Corrections from 2001 to 2003. In both states, she was the first woman to lead the departments and is the only female in the country to head two State correctional systems. Dr. Schriro, who was born on Staten Island, served in the Koch Administration from 1984 to 1989, first as Assistant to the Deputy Director in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and then as Assistant Commissioner at the City Department of Correction.