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IMPRISONED, FORGOTTEN, AND DEPORTED: Immigration Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community

October 13th, 2011 - October 14th, 2011

Location
Loyola University, New Orleans

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida announces a conference, “Imprisoned, Forgotten, and Deported: Immigration Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community,” at Loyola University, New Orleans, on October 13-14, 2011. The conference is jointly co-sponsored by the UF Center for Latin American Studies, the Jesuit Social Research Institute, the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic, the Center for Social Justice, and the College of Law at Loyola University, and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. The Ford Foundation is providing major funding for the event.

The conference builds on work of the Center’s Initiative for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change in the US South with support from the Ford Foundation. The goals of the conference are: 1) to raise public awareness of the realities of (immigrant) detention in the South and understand its major elements; 2) to engage scholars and the university communities more deeply in the detention reality in the South; 3) to assess the impact of (immigrant) detention on faith communities and develop a more comprehensive faith/theological framework for looking at and responding to detention; 4) to expand advocacy strategies for dealing with detention and explore alternatives to detention; and 5) to re-frame public policy regarding the detention of unauthorized immigrants and native-born minorities.

In order to achieve these goals, the conference organizers are convening a diverse group of policy and opinion makers, graduate and undergraduate students, lawyers, members of faith communities, activists, leaders in the local African-American and Latino communities, as well as scholars of immigration and religion. Featured speakers and panelists include:
Laura Sullivan, National Public Radio

  • Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology
  • Frank Sharry, America’s Voice
  • Kevin Appleby, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Andrea Black, Detention Watch Network
  • Dr. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections

More information on registration and accommodations can be found at the University of Florida Event Page

For program information, please contact Dr. Manuel Vásquez at the University of Florida by phone (352) 273-2945 or email.

For logistical information, please contact Alisa Woofter at the University of Florida, email

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.