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Spring 2015

FGSS & Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic of the Cornell Law School
April 6, Monday 12:00, 391 Uris Hall
The Plight of Central American Unaccompanied Children:  the US Response to an Emerging Refugee Crisis
Wendy Young, President of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and the Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic of the Cornell Law School invite you to a lunchtime talk with Wendy Young, President of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). KIND was founded by Angelina Jolie and Microsoft to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.
Wendy Young has served as Chief Counsel on Immigration Policy in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She held prior immigration policy positions with organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Women's Refugee Commission, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Council of La Raza. She has also written numerous articles, reports and cutting-edge op-eds on the plight of unaccompanied children. She earned a joint law degree and master's degree in international relations from American University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor's degree from Williams College in Massachusetts. She will share the status of current legal issues surrounding the plight of immigrant children and provide information on ways to get involved. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to

April 7, Tues 5:00, Africana Center
C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University
Black Authors/New Books Series

April 7, Tues 7:00, Textor 103, Ithaca College
IC Film screening:    Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China

April 10, Friday 12:00, M101 McGraw Hall
American Studies and FGSS present:
Minnie Chiu, Cornell University
“From Woman Warrior to Tiger Mom: The Model Minority Subject as Neoliberal Prototype”           

April 14, Tues  7:00, Willard Straight Theatre 
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April 15, Wed 4:30, G22 Goldwin Smith
Lisa Cacho, English, Latina/o Studies/Asian American Studies/Gender & Women's Studies, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Violence of Value

FGSS & Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic of the Cornell Law School Special Event:
April 16, Thursday, 4:30, Lewis Auditorium - Goldwin Smith Hall
Precarious Lives: Central American families and the limits of U.S. immigration policy 
In 2014, 60,000 children and mothers fled Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, seeking refuge in the U.S. because of gang threats, domestic violence, and child abuse in their countries. The Obama administration has responded by detaining these families in prison-like conditions for months, many times denying them release on bond and inhibiting their ability to apply for political asylum. A nationwide network of lawyers and activists is organizing to end this practice of family detention and to argue through legal representation that the women and children should be allowed to exercise their internationally recognized rights to live free from violence and persecution.  Come and hear about this work through a transnational feminist lens. This event is open to everyone, we hope you can join us.

Panelists include: Sital Kalantry, clinical professor of Law at Cornell Law School, founder of the International Human Rights Clinic and co-founder of the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice; Virginia Raymond, immigration lawyer and participant inthe Karnes Pro-Bono Project, Austin, TX. Jane Juffer, professor of FGSS, Cornell; Yujin Chun, law student, Cornell; Carolyn Wald, law student, Cornell

April 17, Friday, 12:00, 391 Uris Hall
Follow Up Workshop -    Precarious Lives: Central American families and the limits of U.S. immigration policy 
Join Professor Jane Juffer and members from the panel to discuss specific actions and organizing strategies to help the women and children being held in U.S. immigration detention centers. Lunch will be provided, RSVP's encouraged but not necessary:

April 24-27, Cornell Charter Weekend

May 1-2, Fri-Sat,      Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Messenger Lecture: Cecilla Vicuna, Chilean poet and artist
Poetic Performance from the Fringe

May 5, Tues 4:30, 236 Goldwin Smith Hall
LaShonda Barnett, Award-winning author and scholar
“There is No Educator to Compare with the Press: Trailblazing Black Women Journalists Inspire Novel, Jam on the Vine

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