April 4th and April 5th, 2019

Join us for a student-led teach-in examining current immigration issues.

Events and advocacy work looking at issues of human trafficking, social determinants of health, domestic violence, the current political climate

and much more!

April 4th 5pm to 6:30pm, Broad Musuem

April 5th, All Day, 8am to 5pm, Erikson Kiva

all events are free and open to the public,

but registration is required.


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Calendar Of Events


details below

Thursday, April 4, 2019


Location: MSU Broad Museum

Opening Panel

International Migration

Friday, April 5, 2019

8am until 5pm,

Location: MSU Erikson Kiva

All Day Student-Lead Teach-In

All Events are FREE and lunch provided

but you must register:


About the teach-in:

Students from Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities along with students in the Master's of Social Work program have joined together to bring an exciting 2 day event of issues looking at the current state of immigration in a global context.


Thursday, April 4

Bianka Huber

Bianka Huber founded “Der Laden,” a drop in center for refugees in Frankfurt, Germany with the support of the metal worker’s union, IG Metall. The drop-in center near the main train station includes computers, German tutoring, and partners with the Frankfurt non-profit berami to provide structured job counseling. Part of their approach is to hire refugees who have moved up through the ranks, to assist in document translation, learning German and overall acculturation of new immigrants.


Shirin Kambin, IRRC Coordinator and Associate Professor at Jackson College

Refugee Development Center

Judi Harris, St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities

Friday, April 5th

Teach-In Calendar

8:30AM-9:00AM Welcome

9:00AM-10:00AM Immigrant Children in Foster Care

10:00AM-10:30AM BREAK: Visit Interactive Immigration Advocacy Booths

10:30AM-11:45AM Social Determinants of Immigrant Health

11:45AM-12:00PM BREAK: Visit Interactive Immigration Advocacy Booths

12:00PM-1:30PM Betsy Fisher Keynote

Lunch: Free, but registration is required

1:30PM-2:00PM BREAK: Visit Interactive Immigration Advocacy Booths

2:00PM-3:00PM Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

3:00PM-3:30PM BREAK: Visit Interactive Immigration Advocacy Booths

3:30PM-4:15PM Immigration and Religion

4:15PM-4:30PM Closing

MORNING Sessions, April 5

Immigrant Children

in Foster Care

9am to 10am

The United States foster care system is home to not only American citizens, but also documented and undocumented immigrant children and teenagers. These individuals face unique challenges and obstacles that will be discussed during a one hour presentation involving


Scholars and current practitioners in the field will discuss current strengths and challenges.

Social Determinants of Immigrant Health

10:45am to 11:45am

The panel will discuss the social determinants that influence the overall health and well-being of immigrants and refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied alien children.


Representative Abdullah Hammoud MI-D15

Ben Cabanaw, LARA Refugee Services Program

Judi Harris, St. Vincent's Catholic Charities

Tania Morris Diaz, Michigan Immigration Rights Center.



12pm Erikson Kiva

Betsy Fisher is the International Refugee Assistance Project's (IRAP) Policy Director. She coordinates IRAP’s efforts to improve and expand global refugee resettlement and other pathways to safety for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. She previously served as IRAP’s Jordan attorney and intake coordinator based in Amman, Jordan. She also represents vulnerable refugees and U.S. wartime allies in the Special Immigrant Visa Program.

As a student at Michigan Law, Betsy founded and directed the IRAP chapter. During law school, she worked at the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, D.C., and Amman, Jordan, and with IRAP in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Betsy received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Arabic from Denison University. She also researches statelessness and nationality law.


Stuck in Traffick(ing)

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Stuck in Traffick(ing) is a panel presentation focused on educating the community on the detrimental impacts of immigrant human trafficking. Stuck in Traffick(ing) will provide valuable insight into immigrant human trafficking, signs of trafficked individuals, and what steps you can take to prevent and report immigrant human trafficking in the future.


Dave Manville, Eastern Michigan University professor

Jane White, director and founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force

Sona Movsisyan, President of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocacy Society

Iraqi Immigrants in an

American Context

3:30pm to 4:15pm

How does religion affect Iraqi migrants’ resettlement to the United States? While the majority of Iraqi migrants are Muslim, there is also a prominent Christian minority. Based on these religious differences, we find that Iraqi Christian migrants have a much smoother transition than their Muslim peers. Through an analysis of political context, history, and media representation, we will show how religious identity affects resettlement.

VISIT our interactive advocacy booths on immigration

All Day Friday April 5th 8am until 5pm

America First: Reframing Latinx Immigration in the US

Interactive Booth

A new nationalist ideology has gained mass support in the United States. This movement, threatened by the perceived decreasing influence of native-centric culture and policy in the US, has developed a stigmatizing rhetoric regarding Latinx immigrants in order to justify their proposed policies trying to keep ‘them’ out. Visit our interactive booths outlining the comprehensive history of Latinx immigrants since 1942 and displaying the positive impact this population has had in terms of economy, policy and culture. Four interactive booths detailing this narrative provide an opportunity for guests to experience first-hand accounts, test their knowledge of immigration policy, and challenge their perceptions of the Latin American community while celebrating their inclusion in the American experience.

Lamp Post: The Podcast

Interactive Booth

Shining a light on the diverse experiences of sexual violence survivors.

Lamp Post: The Podcast is meant to facilitate the storytelling of diverse experiences of sexual violence by engaging in conversation with sexual assault advocates across the state of Michigan to raise awareness, create a platform to tell important and otherwise unrecognized stories, share insight to brainstorm better practices, and to humanize real issues: to balance hatred and misunderstanding with compassion and humanity. In this three part series, we hear from Rachel Swedburg, Sexual Assault Advocacy Coordinator for EVE, Inc. (Lansing), Sharron Fincher, Access Coordinator for Wayne County SAFE (Detroit), and Hillary Scholten, Staff Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (Grand Rapids).

Link to Podcast Website

Striving for Citizenship

Interactive Booth

Join us for an immersive simulation in which we explore the processes of obtaining U.S. citizenship. Participants will follow the story of a refugee who experiences the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy.

Not My Dream: Social Media Advocacy

Interactive Booth

The comparison of views about the “American Dream” from different perspectives across age, American citizens, and American immigrants in interviews posted on Instagram. These perspectives will illustrate American and immigrant views of the American Dream across generations and backgrounds, but also illustrate what the American Dream is in reality versus what it is perceived to be. It will show how it can shape each person’s reality and experience. Check out #notmydream on Instagram!

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