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Community Forum: Understanding Immigration, Family Separation and Zero Tolerance

  • Georgia Sate University College of Law 85 Park Place Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States (map)

Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched immigration dominate the headlines, but questions remain. As newspapers, social media and dinner table conversations examine family separation, border control and immigration detention, we may feel bombarded by constantly changing news on complex and emotional topics.

Community Forum on Immigration

 When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
 Where: Ceremonial Courtroom, Lower Level

We have seen images of children being separated from their families. We have heard the attorney general’s decision to narrow the path to asylum for women seeking protection from severe domestic violence. And most recently, we have witnessed the president signing an executive order in response to public outcry about the administration’s practice of separating children from their parents, stating that it is “the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together.”

These topics are steeped in complexity and leave many of us wanting to know more.

Join the Tahirih Justice Center and the Center for Access to Justice for a late-breaking community forum where we will:

 Hear from experts, advocates, and strategists who can provide insight into family separation, border control, and refugees and asylum seekers
 Crowdsource questions from the audience – no question is too basic!
 Address what community members can do to get involved

Stephen Bright, former president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, will serve as moderator. The panelists include:

 Dr. Barbara Lopes Cardozo, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
 Rev. Tom Hagood, Columbia Presbyterian Church
 Shana Tabak, Tahirih Justice Center
 Amilcar Valencia, El Refugio

We hope to see you there!

Directions & Parking: Georgia State University College of Law is located at 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Parking is available for $7 in the T Deck, located at 43 Auburn Ave., just two blocks from the College of Law. If traveling by MARTA, get off at the Peachtree Center Station on the North/South line. Look for the Ellis Street exit in the station. The College of Law is less than a block from the station at the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place, next door to the Georgia-Pacific Center.

Questions? Contact Tahirih Justice Center at 470-481-4701.

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