LLILAS Public Engagement Panel: Community Responses to Immigrant Detention and Incarceration

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm
University of Texas, Benson 2nd Floor Conference Room, SRH Unit 1

Moderator: Dr. Shannon Speed, Dept. of Anthropology

Panelists will discuss the following responses to the crisis of immigrant detention and incarceration in the United States:

“Expose and Close: Confronting the Immigrant Detention Crisis” – Sam Vong, a member of the Texans United for Families coalition and a PhD candidate in History at Yale, was author of a recent report highlighting human rights violations at two immigrant detention centers in Texas.

“The Hutto Visitation Program: Solidarity with Women Detained” – More than 34,000 immigrants are detained on any given day in the United States. Rocío Villalobos, a coordinator of the Hutto Visitation Program and Program Coordinator at UT's Multicultural Engagement Center, will discuss the program’s attempt to break the isolation of detention to this women-only detention center just outside of Austin. 

“Operation Streamline: Confronting Migrant Criminalization” – Grassroots Leadership Executive Director Bob Libal will speak on the impact of Operation Streamline, a program that shifts immigration from the civil immigration system into the federal criminal justice system by criminally prosecuting immigrants for entering or reentering the country without authorization.

For more information, contact Natalie Arsenault, n.arsenault@austin.utexas.edu, (512) 232-2404


Wish I were close to Texas. This sounds like a great program.

Maureen O'Meara,
Dayton, OH

Keep this going please, great job!