February 05, 2011

IRR News Report

Winter 2006

Section to Host Panels on Immigration Reform

January, the Section began a four-part panel series entitled Fortress America: The State and Future of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy. Each moderated round-table discussion consists of speakers from various sectors, including academia, Congress, and the legal, business, civil rights, immigrant, and refugee communities. Panels are being held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14 th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. For more information on these programs, please contact the Section office at 202/662-1030.


Fortress America: Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Thursday, January 12
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This panel will address issues surrounding comprehensive immigration reform from the enforcement, political, and economic perspectives. The panel will address current proposals for immigration reform and their prospects.

Christina DeConcini , Policy Director, National Immigration Forum (moderator)
Angelo Amador , Director of Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Appleby , U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ana Avendano , Associate General Counsel and Director, Immigrant Worker Program, AFL-CIO
Eliseo Medina , International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union
Cecilia Munoz, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, National Council of La Raza
Grover Norquist , President, Americans for Tax Reform
Anthony Romero , Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union


Fortress America: Asylum/Refugees
Thursday, January 26
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This panel will address the status of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to create the Refugee Corps and the impact of post-9/11 immigration reforms such as the USA PATRIOT Act. It will examine the lack of resources for processing vulnerable cases and legislation aimed at remedying the situation, such as the Widows and Orphans Act of 2004. The panel will also examine the inconsistent treatment of vulnerable asylum-seekers such as unaccompanied children, victims of torture, women, members of the GLBT community, people with disabilities, and those with HIV/AIDS.

Panelists ( confirmed as of date of publication):
Eleanor Acer , Director of Asylum, Human Rights First (moderator)
Bo Cooper , of Counsel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP
Cheryl Little , Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Advocacy
Rachel B. Tiven , Executive Director, Immigration Equality
Wendy Young , Director of Government Relations, Commission on Refugee Women and Children
Stephen Yale-Loehr , Tru, Walsh & Miller, LLP


Fortress America: Detention and Removal
Thursday, February 2
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This panel will address post- 9/11 immigration reforms in regard to the detention and removal of immigrants, including special registration and secret immigration proceedings, and the impact of these reforms on individuals and the fight against terrorism. Panelists will address the increased “criminalization” of immigrants and the experiences in detention of vulnerable populations such as indefinite detainees, unaccompanied children, asylum-seekers, victims of torture, women, those with HIV/AIDS, and members of the GLBT community.

Panelists ( confirmed as of date of publication):
Andrea Black, Detention Watch Network (moderator)
Deanna Burdine , Whistleblower, Oklahoma City
Judy Greene , Justice Strategies
Joanne Kelsey , Director, Detention and Asylum Program, Women's Commission for Refugee Women
Alexander (Malik) Nduala , Keeping Hope Alive, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Judy Rabinovitz , Senior Staff Counsel, Immigrants’ Rights Project, ACLU
Aarti Shahani , Families for Freedom


Fortress America: Admission and Citizenship
Thursday, February 23
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This panel will examine issues surrounding admission and citizenship of immigrants, including the impact of the REAL ID Act and what critics call the overall “culture of no” that has appeared within the Department of Homeland Security.