Please join Grassroots Leadership and Texans United for Families for a conversation with Lauren Martin about the global trend of family and immigrant detention.
While over 100,000 children and families fled Central America to the US in 2014, the EU saw 278,000 attempted crossings, primarily by asylum-seekers fleeing violence in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, and Irag in the same year. In response, the EU has developed a complex border enforcement infrastructure. This includes mass arrests, detention, and deportations, "push back" practices that prevent asylum claims, and a variety of de factoenforcement policies that pass below the radar of official, legal immigration policies. Lauren will give a general overview of this enforcement landscape; then focus on families, private sector, and humanitarian actors; and close with a discussion of opportunities for collaboration and mutual support between US and EU organizers.
Dr. Lauren Martin is currently researching the privatization of border enforcement in the US and EU, focused particularly on detention, with a Postdoctoral Research grant from the Academy of Finland. She holds a PhD and MA in Geography and a Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Kentucky. Her PhD thesis analyzed US noncitizen family detention policy from 2001 to 2010.
A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.