Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience to Populism Series Continues Oct 16! Fred Tsao, Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Discusses Public Charge Rule

Please join us for “Immigration and ‘Public Charge’ Rules:
Federal Threats, Local Responses” a conversation with Fred Tsao, which will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 16, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 ih the Auditorium Bldg, 430 S Michigan Ave). In the wake of the Trump Administration’s threats to crack down on immigrant access to public services, in violation of domestic and international law, legal organizations like the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights have tirelessly defended the rights of immigrant communities. Mr. Tsao will discuss the public charge rule that goes into effect Oct. 15, excluding immigrants from access to public services in the US, and the way that ICIRR and other key legal organizations continue to fight for immigrant communitiies’ human rights to safety and dignity.As ICIRR’s Senior Policy Counsel, Mr. Tsao provides technical support, trainings, & presentations on immigration-related topics to service providers, immigrant community organizations, &others who work with immigrants. He also provides updates & analysis of changes in immigration policies &procedures, & assists with the coalition’s legislative advocacy efforts. A self-described “recovering attorney,” Fred practiced law at Prairie State Legal Services after receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan. He has also worked with ACLU-Illinois, Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation, & Missouri Public Interest Research Group. A Chicago native, Fred is the son of immigrants from China, & has had a lifelong concern with immigration issues.

This event is part of The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project’s 2019 Community Conversations Series, “Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience To Populism.”

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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