12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

October 21, 2015 —


12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference


Thursday, October 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Morning Keynote
Honorable Jeh Johnson
, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. 
Today's Politics and U.S. Immigration Policy

Matt A. Barreto
, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Latino Decisions
Fawn Johnson, Chief Policy Editor, Morning Consult
Rebecca Tallent, Assistant to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for Policy

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) (Moderator)

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Exploring the Future of Executive Action

Heather Fong
, Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Cristina Rodríguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI's office at New York University School of Law, MPI (Moderator)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote
H.E. António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


2:15 – 3:30 p.m. 
Unaccompanied Central American Children: One Year Later

Maureen Meyer
, Senior Associate for Mexico and Migrant Rights, WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Jennifer Podkul, Senior Program Officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice program, Women’s Refugee Commission
Reyna Torres Mendivil, Director General for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Relations

Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Director, Human Rights Institute; Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. 
Examining the Growth of Immigrant Detention and the Future of Detention Alternatives

Bob Libal, Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership
Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, Deputy Assistant Director, Custody Programs Division, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Jeanne M. Atkinson, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (Moderator)


While major reform of the U.S. immigration system seems to be at a standstill, issues of immigration policy are very much at the forefront of political debates. The 12th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference will offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on key immigration topics including executive action, detention policies, Central American migration, state and local initiatives, and a global perspective on refugees. Panels will feature government officials, researchers, advocates, and other immigration experts.

This event is sponsored by Georgetown LawCatholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Migration Policy Institute

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