This fall’s Loundy Human Rights Project Distinguished Speaker Series is entitled Just Communities: Migration, Populism and Human Rights. Join us Wednesday afternoons in October and December for conversations about community, citizenship, and the kind of city, state, and country we want to live in.
Our first event will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Spertus Lounge, Room 244 in the Auditorium Building. Mark Fleming, associate director of litigation at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), will join us for a conversation on Sanctuary’s Legal & Political Context: The IL Trust Act & Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance.
Fleming focuses on litigation and public policy related to immigration enforcement and detention. He is currently litigating multiple detainer and immigration detention class actions that challenge the lawfulness of the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s use of detainers and initial detention without complying with Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections. He was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Cook County, Illinois and Chicago detainer ordinances, as well as the recently signed Illinois Trust Act. Fleming has been quoted in various national media outlets and appeared in a PBS Frontline documentary on immigration enforcement and detention. Prior to joining NIJC, he was a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, where he monitored migrants’ rights in the western hemisphere. In that capacity, he coordinated and drafted the Inter-American Commission’s comprehensive investigation and report into human rights concerns with U.S. immigration enforcement, detention and due process.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Barratt, director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Barratt, professor of political science and director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project
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