Beyond National Security: Immigrant Communities and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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Two significant trends in the treatment of noncitizens in the United States are the focus of this two-day institute. Beginning in the mid-1990s and gaining momentum after September 11th, 2001, the federal government has imposed increasingly harsh deportation policies, dramatically expanded the enforcement of immigration laws, and delegated more and more immigration enforcement power to state and local police--all in the name of national security.
At the same time, a wave of state and local laws has been taking aim at the rights of noncitizens in areas such as employment, housing, health, family life, and education. On both fronts, immigrant communities and their supporters throughout the U.S. are increasingly turning to human rights approaches in response.
On October 14-15, 2010, Northeastern University School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), with support from the Ford Foundation, will bring together a core group of leading immigration and human rights advocates, scholars, jurists and activists for a two-day intensive institute to address these developments within a human rights framework.
What effects have harsh deportation policies and increased immigration enforcement had on the economic, social, and cultural rights of immigrants? How are encroachments on such rights increasingly being used at the sub-national level as a tool of immigration enforcement? How can human rights strategies best be used to counter those effects?
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This institute is co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the NUSL Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, and the Human Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.