10-13-2011 Matthew Lamberti and Isabel Ranner

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Academic Year 2011-2012


Meeting Date: Thurs, October 13th, 2011, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University.

Kick-off event for our year-long theme of Migrancy

Immigration:  Law and Protest in the U.S. and Germany

Presenter: Matthew J. Lamberti, Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

Bio:  Mr. Lamberti is a 2009 graduate of CUNY School of Law. As a clinic student he represented LGBT asylum applicants and victims of domestic violence. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Lamberti has focused on the immigration detention system, providing education and representation in Spanish and English for non-citizens detained in Louisiana and Pennsylvania. He has interned with the Legal Resources Center of Grahamstown, South Africa, Families for Freedom in Manhattan, and the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in English and Irish literature from Boston College.

Title:  "Immigration 101: law, policy, and advocacy affecting the rights of non-citizens"

Abstract: Immigration 101: law, policy, and advocacy affecting the rights of non-citizensThis 30-minutes conversation will use two or three case studies to discuss current U.S. policy toward non-citizens. Presenters will use historical, legal, and advocacy frameworks to address how individuals and migrant groups are affected within U.S. borders. The presentation will sketch a brief history of immigration and naturalization law in the U.S., focusing chiefly on the harsh regime enacted in 1996. We will discuss current options for legal immigration as well as trends in  entry without inspection.0 Special attention will be given to the extensive use of detention that is an important part of today s deportation system. Finally, presenters will describe major advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as recent developments in policy and proposed legislation.

Presenter:  Ms. Isabel Ranner, CIQR Fellow and International Graduate Student, Duquesne University, Department of Philosophy

Title:  Asylum Seekers and Immigrants without Papers in Germany

Bio: Ms. Ranner worked as a progressive activist in Germany within the "Antifaschistische Aktion" and  "Deutschland Lagerland" networks, regarding asylum, deportation and immigrants without papers.

Abstract: The aim of this presentation is to give a short expose of the status of asylum seekers and immigrants without papers in Germany, from a personal point of view, as well as to pinpoint some worrying aspects of the current situation.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.