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The Rights of Immigrants Committee is the recipient of the 2020 Sheila Y. Thomas Committee Excellence Award for advancing civil rights, human rights, and social justice. Last year, in response to an immigration crisis of extraordinary proportions, the committee launched a national webinar series exploring the subject at the intersection of national security law, public international law, and US constitutional law. The series garnered national attention and thousands of registrants. Subsequently, we collaborated with The Harbinger, the online companion of The NYU Review of Law and Social Change, to publish a symposium last Spring. Essentially, the symposium featured transcripts of our six-part national lecture series. As such, each panelist's remarks were memorialized in print where others can cite to them in support of their research, writings, teaching, and other projects. Lastly, the Human Rights Magazine, the ABA's award-winning publication, dedicated its Spring issue exclusively to exploring immigrant rights pursuant to the committee's request. It featured notable voices, from academics at NYU School of Law and Harvard Law School to practitioners who have litigated related issues before the U.S.Supreme Court.

2020 US Elections Aftermath: A Social Justice Policy Summit

In the wake of the 2020 US presidential elections, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Immigrants Committee - in strategic partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States - is hosting a policy summit designed to advance racial equity and social justice principles. Over the course of two days, the interdisciplinary conference will explore myriad manifestations of interpersonal, structural, and institutionalized discrimination to create enhanced awareness around these issues. The convening will also culminate in concrete community-driven policy recommendations to achieve positive social, political, and legal reform to ensure a better tomorrow for all.

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Human Rights Magazine's Latest Immigration Issue

"Our country is full.” Those four searing words encapsulate immigration policy under the Trump administration. President Donald Trump initially uttered, and subsequently retweeted, his message while touring a piece of the barrier wall in a California border community last year. Significantly, it succinctly conveys the exclusionary, nativist agenda that has influenced its legal approach over the last three years.

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Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice & NYU Review of Law & Social Change Joint Online Symposium is Available Now!

This collection of articles and event panel transcripts arose from the six-part Immigration Webinar Series hosted by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice's Rights of Immigrants Committee from November 2019 to April 2020. The webinar series explored immigration at the intersection of national security law, public international law and U.S. constitutional law, among other areas.

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Immigration Webinar Series

This six-part national lecture series explores immigration at the intersection of national security law, public international law and US constitutional law, among other legal areas. During these free webinars, legal scholars, practitioners and political commentators will address this deepening crises in our collective pursuit advancing law and justice.

Q & A with the Chair of the Committee

Engy Abdelkader

Recent immigration crises have sparked action, and Committee Chair Engy Abdelkader wants to work with impassioned attorneys and activists to identify and develop programming and explore legal, legislative, and policy initiatives.

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Message from the Chair

Recently, the immigration crises has assumed extraordinary proportions. From the Muslim ban to barred foreign scholars and students, from caged children and separated families to public emergencies and border walls, from ending birthright citizenship to testing the citizenship question on some 2020 census questionnaires, from volatile political rhetoric and manufactured national security narratives to ideologically motivated violence against real or perceived immigrants, there is much to address.

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