Immigrant Rights in the Time of COVID-19 Virtual Series
U.S. Government Policies at the Border:
COVID-19 and Border Expulsions of Asylum Seekers
Friday, May 29, 2020
1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Expulsions at the Border: What Is Known
Reconciling International Human Rights and Public Health Imperatives
Advocacy Efforts Underway
What You Can Do to Help
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Shaw Drake, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Shaw Drake joined the ACLU Border Rights Center in 2018 as Policy Counsel. In this role he defends border communities against unconstitutional and inhumane policies, and develops border-related advocacy strategies, working closely with other ACLU border affiliates and ACLU national. Prior to joining the ACLU, Shaw served as a law clerk for the Honorable James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Human Rights First, where he authored the report “Crossing the Line – U.S. Border Agents Illegally Reject Asylum Seekers.” Shaw’s work during law school included travel, research, and writing on statelessness in the Dominican Republic, disappearances in Mexico, protests in Venezuela, surveillance and racial discrimination in Colombia, and military justice in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Before law school, Shaw worked for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in New York City and No More Deaths in Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico. Shaw graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received a Juris Doctor, a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, the Bettina Pruckmayr Award in Human Rights, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He holds a B.A. with highest honors in Latin American Studies and Romance Language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaw serves on the Steering Committee of the International Migration Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative. He speaks fluent Spanish.
Tania M. Guerrero, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC)
Tania Guerrero leads CLINIC’s Estamos Unidos Asylum Project since August 2019. She joined CLINIC in November 2018 as an Advocacy Attorney working on policy and outreach. Prior to joining CLINIC, she was in private practice. Her work focused on deportation defense litigation, affirmative and defensive asylum, family-based petitions, and humanitarian relief, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status matters. Previously, Tania provided legal assistance to adults, unaccompanied minors and families fleeing violence from their home countries. She engaged in advocacy for immigrants’ rights in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She also served as a criminal defense attorney to detained first-time offenders in Monterrey, Mexico. Tania earned her law degree from the University of Monterrey and master’s degree in international law and human rights from the U.N.-mandated University for Peace. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Mexican bars. She is a fluent Spanish.
Gretchen Kuhner, Institute for Women in Migration
Gretchen Kuhner is the Director of the Institute for Women in Migration (IMUMI) in Mexico City. She has lived and worked in Mexico City with NGOs, academia, and international foundations on issues related to women in migration, human rights and gender. She studied International Relations and Gender Studies at Occidental College and has a J.D. from Seattle University.
Casey Miller, Human Rights Advocate
Casey Miller is an organizer and immigrant rights advocate based in San Antonio, Texas. She works transnationally in México and the United States, fighting for the legal rights of asylum seekers. The majority of her work is along the border where she gathers information and shares her findings with attorneys and other advocates who can assist in fighting for the people whose right to seek asylum is in jeopardy. Most recently she has organized the Pack the Courts action on the anniversary of the implementation of the “Remain in México”/Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy and a car rally at the Karnes Family Detention Center fighting against Family Separation 2.0, also known as binary choice. She has also organized pro se workshops and court observation programs for people who have been returned to México under MPP, in Tijuana and San Antonio, respectively. She also worked as a legal assistant for RAICES in the Karnes Family Detention Center while "zero tolerance" was in effect in 2018.
Karuna Patel, Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice
Karuna Patel is the Deputy Director of the Feerick Center where she works on immigration, education, and economic justice issues. Karuna began her legal career at Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services, Inc.), a legal services organization where she started the Consumer Rights Project. She has worked at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs leading a division focused on enforcing the City’s consumer protection laws and on educating consumers, and at the Center for Responsible Lending, where she represented consumers in all aspects of predatory lending impact litigation. Before joining the Law School, Karuna spent over five years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) working on a range of issues including mandatory arbitration in consumer contracts and consumer protections for remittances. Karuna is a Queens native and received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University and her law degree from New York University School of Law. Karuna clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Theodore McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Co-Sponsored by Fordham Law School's Immigration Advocacy Project
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Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice
The Feerick Center for Social Justice promotes the rights and addresses the problems facing marginalized and low-income New Yorkers through the creation of strategies to reform policies, educate, and provide assistance to right wrongs.
Highly regarded for its efficacy and dedication to combating inequities, the Center works with wide-ranging networks to rally partners in the legal community and beyond to respond to the challenges of those in need.
Fordham Law faculty and students involved at the Center collaborate with the city's nonprofit, legal services, and public sectors to create long-term innovative solutions critical to real change.
Fordham Law School Immigration Advocacy Project (IAP)
IAP works towards the goal of ending family detention, and has partnered with the Feerick Center for Social Justice to coordinate and provide legal support to the Dilley (formerly CARA) Pro Bono Project, a mass-representation effort aiding refugee women and children detained at the southern U.S. border. IAP seeks to raise awareness of immigrant issues and to train law students to advocate for immigrant rights through remote appellate work. IAP also organizes panel discussions related to ongoing litigation, as well as career paths in immigration law.