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Migrations, A Conference on Refugees, Immigration and Global Movement

November 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conference, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. followed by a reception, 4-5 p.m.
McConnell Founders Room

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on global and domestic issues as they impact refugee communities, immigration patterns, indigenous peoples, and the movement of groups around the globe as a result of geopolitical crises and decisions. Topics range from research and activism on sex trafficking, trauma interventions with refugee communities, Latinx immigration and activism in Southern California, Honduran refugee communities, and asylum/detention of immigrants/ refugees in the US. We hope to use these multiple lenses to better illuminate the complexity and interconnectedness of these issues, the underlying structural inequalities, the very real and profound human costs of immigration policies, and the road forward as advocates for human rights and dignity.


Pardis Mahdavi, University of Arizona

Kenneth E. Miller, War Child Holland

José Calderón, Pitzer College

Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College

Salley Simmel and Colleagues, Justice for Immigrants Seeking Asylum (JISA)

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November 8, 2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Founders Room, McConnell Center
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA, CA 91711 United States



The Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) prepares Pitzer students to become “engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world” by infusing global/local issues in a robust, sequential curriculum that cultivates intercultural literacy and engaged learning throughout students’ academic careers.