Immigrant Justice Group accepting applications for 2015 class

Immigrant Justice Corps

Immigrant Justice Corps recruits talented lawyers and college graduates from around the country and partners them with New York City’s leading non-profit legal services providers and community-based organizations to offer a broad range of immigration assistance including naturalization, deportation defense, and affirmative applications for asylum seekers, juveniles, and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.

The Community Fellowship is a 2-year program designed for recent college graduates who are interested in immigration law, social justice, and public service. We are trained in immigration law and have paralegal-type responsibilities. IJC is now accepting applications for the 2015 class.

Applications close on March 2, 2015.  More details about the fellowship and application process can be found at

IJC will be doing on-campus visits throughout the months of January and February. Visit their Facebook page for the dates and locations. We will also have two Q & A conference calls. The first will be on February 2nd at 3 p.m. EST and the second on February 18th at 5 p.m. EST. Please email to RSVP.

Erin Conners awarded grant to study migration and Chagas disease

 Erin Conners, doctoral student in Public Health-Global Health, has been awarded a dissertation research grant by UC MEXUS to study the prevalence and correlates of Chagas disease among a group of migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border and explore whether they have a heightened vulnerability to contracting the disease. Chagas disease is a potentially life-threatening chronic illness that affects an estimated 8 million individuals in Latin America.

Alina Mendez awarded grant for Bracero-era migration study

Alina Mendez has been awarded a UC MEXUS research grant for her dissertation study entitled “Cheap for Whom? Family Migration and Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1964.” The study examines the dynamics of social reproduction of transborder workers in the eastern California-Baja California borderlands during the Bracero Program era.

Alina is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego.

Feb 9: The Latinos of Asia with Anthony Ocampo – CCIS Seminar

Anthony C. Ocampo. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

Monday, February 9, 12:00pm

Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building

Conference Room 115, First Floor


The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race

Mass migration from Latin America and Asia is dramatically changing the racial landscape of our nation. In California, Latinos and Asians already collectively constitute the majority in large metropolitan areas, a demographic shift that is reshaping the way children of immigrants are racially incorporated into American society. To date, race scholars treat Latinos and Asians as two distinct panethnic categories. In this presentation, Professor Ocampo examines how Filipino Americans, the largest Asian group in the state, disrupt this conventional divide and negotiate their racial identity within an emerging Latino-Asian racial spectrum.

Drawing on interviews and survey data of Filipino Americans in Southern California, Professor Ocampo demonstrates how multiethnic contexts interact with historical factors to influence Filipino racial formation. I argue that the cultural residuals of Spanish and U.S. colonialism affect how Filipinos racially position themselves vis-à-vis Latinos and Asians, the two fastest growing panethnic groups in the country. These findings have implications for better understanding how the racialization process is evolving as the United States moves beyond a black-white racial paradigm.

Anthony OcampoDr. Anthony Ocampo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. His award-winning research and teaching focuses on the experiences of minority groups in the United States. He has published research on the cultural and educational experiences of Latinos, Asian Americans, and LGBT people in the U.S. in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latino Studies, and Journal of Asian American Studies. He is currently working on two books on immigration, which are under contract with Stanford University Press and NYU Press.

Jan 22: What Makes a Political Refugee ‘Political’? with James Hathaway – IICAS Seminar

James C . Hathaway, Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, University of Michigan

Thursday, January 22, 4:00pm

Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building

Conference Room 115, First Floor


What Makes a Political Refugee ‘Political’?

James HathawayJames C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Hathaway’s publications include The Law of Refugee Status (2014), with Michelle Foster; Transnational Law: Cases and Materials (2013), with Mathias Reimann, Timothy Dickinson, and Joel Samuels; Human Rights and Refugee Law (2013); The Rights of Refugees Under International Law (2005); Reconceiving International Refugee Law (1997); and more than 80 journal articles. He is founding patron and senior adviser to Asylum Access, a nonprofit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South, and counsel on international protection to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

This presentation is a part of the Seeking Asylum in North America speaker series, co-sponsored by the California Western School of Law, the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies and the Scholars Strategy Network.


Oct 8-11: ASA Annual Meeting in Toronto

PANEL: “North of Misery: Migration, Affect, and Action” 
American Studies Association Annual Meeting
Oct. 8-11, 2015. Toronto, Canada

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The large number of Central American refugees who crossed the Rio Grande in 2014 arrived with harrowing stories about current conditions in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, as well as the dangerous journey through Mexico. Their arrival in the U.S. also generated a range of emotional responses and demands for action, from anti-immigrant protests to calls for humanitarian aid and economic development to the swift militarization of the border. Building from this moment, this panel will explore the relation between affect and action within the longer history of immigration in North America. How have those in the Global North imagined suffering in the Americas and their relation to it? What do their responses to migrants (and to migrant narratives) reveal about the political efficacy of emotion?

Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. Potential papers might consider: affect in the debate over immigration; representations of migrants in literature, visual art, performance and film; activism and theatricality; expressions of empathy, sentimentality, and/or moral outrage; structures of feeling in the “North”; the evolving symbolic role of the North/El Norte; the historic and contemporary role of Canada as refuge.

Please send abstracts (200-300 words) and brief CV by Jan. 5 to Stephen Park ( Inquiries before that are welcome.


Feb 20: Sixth Annual UC International Migration Conference

The Sixth Annual UC International Migration Conference
“Immigration Policy at Varying Scales”

to be held at the University of California Riverside School of Public Policy
Friday, February 20, 2015

RSVP Information can be found here:

Despite the lack of Congressional legislation on immigration policy, there have been significant policy developments on immigrant integration and immigration enforcement at the national, state, and local levels. Immigration policy has also been an important area of activity in other countries, and in the work of international organizations.
How are we to make sense of all this?
The Sixth Annual UC conference on international migration is pleased to welcome scholarship on immigration policy, at any level of analysis, on any topic, and from any social science discipline. The focus on policy is especially timely, as UC Riverside launches its new School of Public Policy. In addition to paper presentations, we plan to have a keynote speaker on immigration policy in California (to be announced).
Those interested in presenting should email with a title and abstract of 150-200 words. We will provide free accommodations and travel subsidies (up to 100%) for all presenters at the conference.Please note the following criteria and deadlines, and please share widely.
ELIGIBILITY: Ph.D. candidates and faculty members in the University of California who are paper authors or coauthors


New Study by UCSD’s Tom K. Wong: Significant Percentage of Unauthorized Immigrants May Be Eligible for Permanent Status

Tom K. Wong, UCSD Assistant Professor of Political Science and CCIS Research Associate, has published a study in the Journal on Migration and Human Security: “Paths to Lawful Immigration Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey” (with Donald Kerwin, Jeanne M. Atkinson, and Mary Meg McCarthy).

Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants are potentially eligible for some sort of immigration relief, but they either do not know it or are not able to pursue lawful immigration status for other reasons. However, no published study the authors are aware of has systematically analyzed this question. The study attempts to answer the question of the number of unauthorized immigrants who, without knowing it, may already be potentially eligible for lawful immigration status.

Click here for the official press release from the Center for Migration Studies with link to the full article.

Dec 9: Challenges for Recent and Historic Refugees in the Middle East Documentary Night

Tuesday, December 9 at 5:30PM

Great Hall, International House, UCSD (Find Directions Here)

Free Public Event

International House Faculty Fellow for Fall 2014, Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, will present 2 documentary films on refugees in the Middle East followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Al-Delaimy, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Global Health at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD.

The films are:

ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP (2013) When it opened, Za’atari had just 100 families. Today, it has about 120,000 residents. Located 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it’s the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world.

SOMEONE LIKE ME (2011) Funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the 24-minute film sheds light on the challenges and aspirations of young Palestine refugees growing up in Lebanon.