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Dreams Turned to Nightmares: the U.S. Immigration System, Youth, and Families

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Law School
Reading Room William F. Starr Hall

Last summer, Connecticut Legal Services (“CLS”) and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (“WIRAC”) at Yale Law School successfully won release and re-unification for two immigrant children, JSR and VFB, who were detained in Connecticut and forcibly separated from their parents after they came to the United States seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden was the first in the country to hold that the government’s conduct inflicted deep trauma and violated the children's due process rights. While this was a victory, thousands of children continue to be separated from their families, and detained today. Lunch will be served.

Co-hosted by the International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”), this panel will feature attorneys from CLS who worked on this historic case, as well as attorneys and advocates who will discuss the trends in litigation, advocacy, and policy regarding family separation, unaccompanied minors, child detention, and undocumented youth.

Speakers will include:

[Moderator] Jon Bauer, Clinical Professor of Law in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights. Valeria Gomez, William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. Joanne Lewis, Managing Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services. Lucas Codognolla, Executive Director, CT Students for a Dream

UConn Law is pleased to host this event as part of the 8th Annual UConn Law Diversity Week. Information on UConn Law Diversity Week and the entire schedule of events can be accessed on the UConn Law Diversity Week page.


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