The Fourth Symposium on Latino Affairs

The Latino Child and the Law    November 7, 2014  | 9am - 4pm

This national symposium brings together experienced practitioners, renowned academics, organizers, advocates, and law students from across the country to discuss the various areas in which the rights of the Latino community are being advanced or defended. There is no cost to attend the symposium, however, seating is limited and advance registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Click here to RSVP.

Scheduled panels will include:

The Latino Child Speaks Up: “No Conversation About Us Without Us”

NYU Alumna and Founder and Executive Director of Atlas: DIY Lauren Burke hosts a conversations with Latino teens about their experiences with the immigration system, juvenile justice proceedings, and educational accomplishments and obstacles.

The Latino Child and Access to Quality Pre-K through 12 Education

A discussion about litigation efforts to undo school board election systems that exclude Latino representation, recent lawsuits challenging public school funding systems that shortchange predominantly minority communities, and the push to adopt publicly-funded universal pre-k education.

The Latino Child and Juvenile Justice Reform

Panelists will explore topics such as the pending reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; the status of federal mandates to states to reduce “disproportionate minority contact” in their justice systems; and bringing community-based prevention programs and alternative adjudication to legal fruition.

The Latino Child, Immigration Reform, and the Humanitarian Crisis

This panel will discuss federal and local response to the 2014 events leading to Central American migration to the United States, how the executive and legislative branches could resolve their impasse on immigration reform as it pertains to unaccompanied children, and efforts by the legal profession to expand and improve legal services available to this category of immigrants.

Conference Speakers

Nisha Agarwal, NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs
Lenni Benson, New York Law School and The Safe Passage Project
Ana Bermúdez, NYC Department of Probation
Marisa Bono, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Greg Brassfield, Bickel & Brewer Storefront
Andrew Crespo, Harvard Law School
Lisandra Fernandez-Silber, Advocates for Children of New York
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Correctional Association of New York
Carmen Iguina, ACLU of Southern California
Roy Germano, Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker
Johanna Miller, New York Civil Liberties Union
Gladis Molina, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Project
Marlon Peterson, The Fortune Society
Motoko Rich, The New York Times

Continuing legal education credit will be available pending approval.

PAST EVENTS

Lifting the Bar: Undocumented Law Graduates & Access to Law Licenses

The Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights' latest report can be accessed here.

50 Million and Counting: The Latino Voice in a New Political Era 

Friday, October 19, 2012. 108 West 3rd Street, NY, NY.

Legislating the Lives of Immigrants: The Entanglement of State and Local Governments in Immigration Policy

Held on November 10, 2011, our inaugural national conference brought together experienced practitioners, academics, journalists, and activists to lead a provocative conserviation on immigration policy and the recent involvement of state and local governments in the formation of that policy. Download conference materials.

Latino Institute Luncheon Series

On April 2, 2013, Cesar Vargas, an undocumented graduate of CUNY School of Law and applicant for admission to the New York Bar and a member of the recently formed DREAM Bar Association, discussed legal and other barriers facing undocumented students seeking to complete law school and enter into the practice of law.

Latinos and the Law Annual Lecture  

On February 27, 2012, MALDEF's Southwest Regional Counsel David Hinojosa presented this year's Latinos and the Law lecture entitled "Litigating Civil Rights Impact Cases in the 21st Century." For more information and a full video of the lecture, please click here.