Loundy Human Rights Project’s Just Communities Conversations Series Kicks Off Oct 2 with “Access to Asylum: Threats, Constructive Responses”

Please join us for “Access to Asylum: Threats, Constructive Responses” a conversation with Keren Zwick, which will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 2, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 in the Auditorium Bldg, 430 S Michigan Ave). In the wake of the Trump Administration’s threats to crack down on asylum-seekers, in violation of domestic and international law, legal organizations like the National Immigrant Justice Center at the Heartland Alliance have tirelessly defended the rights of asylum seekers. Ms. Zwick will discuss the way that NIJC and other key legal organizations continue to fight for asylum seekers’ human rights to safety and dignity.

Keren Zwick is Keren Zwick is NIJC’s associate director of litigation and oversees the LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. She co-chairs the committee of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) that acts as the liaison between government enforcement officials and private attorneys. She is also a key contributor to the Chicago LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition. Keren has led or participated in federal litigation in seven different Circuit Courts and before the United States Supreme Court. Keren joined NIJC following two years of clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. While Keren was a law student at Columbia Law School, she successfully represented clients in the Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic in both immigration and civil rights matters.

This event is part of The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project’s 2019 Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience Conversations Series, “Just Communities”. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu.

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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