Detention of Asylum Seekers in South Texas

Detention of Asylum Seekers in South Texas: Causes, Effects, and Responses on the Ground

A discussion on
Family Detention at the
South Texas Family Residential
Center in Dilley, Texas

Presented by students from the University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration (SSA)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

School of Social Service Administration Lobby
University of Chicago
969 E. 60th Street

Harsh U.S. immigration policies and tactics undermine due process and access to asylum for women and children fleeing violence around the world – resulting in the detention and deportation of thousands who qualify for protection.

PROGRAM:

  • Welcome – Alejandro Monroy-Velez, AM candidate ’17
  • Opening song inspired by Dilley* – Ben Coz, AM candidate ’17 and Sonya Rich, AM candidate ’17
  • Stories from Dilley – Jessica Salgado, AM candidate ’17
  • Panel discussion and Q&A – Angela García (Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration); Gracie Willis (staff attorney, CARA); Hena Mansori (supervising attorney, NIJC's Adult Detention Project); moderated by Nathan Roter, AM candidate ’17
  • Closing song inspired by Dilley* – Ben Coz, AM candidate ’17
  • Closing remarks – Josh Pilz AM candidate ’18 and Becky Smith, AM candidate ’18

*Songs Inspired by Dilley by Ending Family Detention music project
(www.soundcloud.com/ending-family-detention) by Ben Coz, AM candidate ’17

This year, eight students from UChicago’s School of Social Service Administration drove 1,300 miles to provide pro bono assistance at the nation’s largest family detention center in Dilley, Texas. Hear their firsthand reports and a panel discussion about helping women and children who are seeking asylum in the United States.

We face an opportunity to rethink our approach to immigration, detention, deportation, and due process. Learn more about the conditions, policies, and practices affecting the mass detention of immigrants. And hear how you take an active role in ending family detention.

About the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA)
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is one of the preeminent schools of social work and social welfare in the U.S. and the world. Our students and alumni are problem-solvers and innovators, taking on the most vexing societal issues to create a more equitable world. Today, SSA graduates provide millions of hours of compassionate service each year.