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I-GMAP Webinar: The US Southern Border as an Atrocity Prevention Site
American law and politics have combined with the plight of central and south American refugees to transform the US-Mexico border into a lethal zone. Thousands of refugees have died in attempts to cross into American territory; thousands more have been arrested, detained, separated from their children, and in many instances imprisoned in state and federal facilities under conditions that may constitute violations of international law. American immigration and criminal law have effectively combined to form a distinctly new and lethal form of "crimmigration law," one that sees refugees primarily as criminals deserving of imprisonment.

Has America's southern border become an atrocity prevention site? This webinar of distinguished legal specialists and border activists explores this and related questions: how do existing federal policies and agencies change when we see them through an "atrocity prevention lens?" What mechanisms and approaches for atrocity prevention familiar from other contexts are valuable transferred to the US southern border? How can protection of and advocacy for refugees draw on the tools of atrocity prevention in their work?


Yael Schacher, Senior U.S. Advocate, Refugees International
Maria Angelica Montesinos, Program Coordinator, Asylum Access
Shannon Fyfe, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University
Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez, Professor of Law, University of Denver

Oct 14, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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