11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference





Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Georgetown University Law Center
Bernard P. McDonough Hall, Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20001


Online registration is $75
Onsite registration is $85
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Lunch is included in General Admission registration.  Please contact cms@cmsny.org if you have any dietary restrictions.
  • Georgetown Law Center students and faculty are provided complimentary registration, but must present a valid Georgetown Law Center ID upon entrance to the conference.  Lunch is not included in Georgetown Law Student/ Faculty registration.


While legislative reform of the U.S. immigration system seems to be at a standstill, issues of immigration policy are very much at the forefront of political debates and the challenges facing the Obama administration, state and local governments, and the country. The 11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference will offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on key immigration topics featuring panels with government officials, researchers, advocates, and other immigration experts.

Panel: Immigration Reform on a State and Local Level: How States and Cities Are Pursuing Immigrant Inclusion and Integration Policies

As federal immigration legislation continues to languish, state and municipal governments across the country are forging ahead and taking decisive actions to integrate immigrants into their communities. This panel will examine different approaches to advancing pro-immigrant laws and policies at the state and local level. Panelists will discuss recent measures adopted by city and state governments to expand immigrants’ access to education and healthcare; limit local involvement in immigration enforcement; and enhance immigrants’ ability to participate in civic life and revitalize local economies.

Panel: Executive Action: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

This panel will examine the use of executive action in implementing immigration policy, the numbers of those who may potentially be affected by such action, underlying legal issues, any challenges in implementation, and a discussion on the possible political ramifications for future immigration reform policy.

Panel: The Treatment of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have been coming to the United States without a parent or guardian for many years. In 2008, Congress enacted the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Protection Act to provide special protections for this vulnerable population. In recent years, the number of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from these countries has increased significantly, culminating in much larger numbers arriving at U.S. borders in 2014. This panel will consider several key issues that have arisen with respect to U.S. and regional responses to the cross-border movements of these children, in particular with respect to due process, enforcement actions in the U.S. and Mexico, and Central American government plans to address the violence affecting these children in their home communities.

Panel: Immigrant Legal Services Innovations and Challenges in Adjudication: Government-funded Legal Counsel, Accelerated Court Cases, and Non-Court Removals

The last several years have witnessed extraordinary developments related to the adjudication and representation of persons facing possible removal from the United States. This panel will highlight innovative new legal service-delivery programs, including government-funded counsel in New York City, the Immigrant Justice Corps fellowship program, the justice Americorps program, NGO initiatives to represent the growing numbers of unaccompanied child migrants and others. It will also discuss challenges related to the accelerated adjudication of proceedings for minors, the expansion in non-court removals, legal representation of persons apprehended near the US-Mexico border, and an economic analysis of government-funded legal counsel in immigration proceedings.


Rachel Reyes
Center for Migration Studies
Communications Coordinator


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