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Statewide Teach-In: Immigrants' Rights

Teach-In: Immigrants' Rights | Penn State Law

Statewide Teach-In: Immigrants' Rights

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sutliff Auditorium
Faculty Reference: 

Welcome (Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia - 4:30 p.m.)


  • Immigration Law 101 (Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia)
  • Can the President Change the Law? (Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia)
  • Are Immigrants Covered by the U.S. Constitution? (Victor Romero)
  • Q & A


  • Immigration Enforcement and Rights (Caitlin Barry)
  • DACA 101 and Related Risks (Anil Kalhan)
  • “Muslim Registry” Back to the Future (Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia)  
  • Protecting Victims and Children (Yvette Wilson, Jennifer Nagda, and Sarah Paoletti)
  • Q & A

Facilitator: Melissa Wright

**Refreshment Break Outside Auditorium** (10-15 minutes)


  • Understanding “Sanctuary” from a Faith Perspective (Linda Rabben)
    • Response: Anil Kalhan
  • Policy Setting at the Municipality Level (Mayor Goreham with discussion by Borough Council Members)
    • Response: Caitlin Barry
  • Q & A

Facilitator: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

RIGHTS AND RESOURCES (6:55 p.m.) (Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Jennifer Lee)

  • Safety Planning and Finding Good Legal Representation  
  • How to Organize and Advocate
  • State Wide Resources (Pittsburgh, Central PA, Philadelphia - multiple speakers)
  • Q & A

Facilitator: Judy Kim

Closing Remarks

Speaker bios are available here.

Caitlin Barry
Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic
Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program

Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law

Jesse Barlow
Borough Council Member
Borough of State College Government

Elizabeth Goreham
Borough of State College Government

Anil Kalhan
Associate Professor of Law
Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Judy Kim
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Jennifer Lee
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Evan Myers
Borough Council Member
Borough of State College Government

Jennifer Nagda
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Penn Law, Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic

Sarah Paoletti
Practice Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Penn Law

Linda Rabben
Associate Research Professor of Anthropology
University of Maryland

Jaya Ramji-Nogales
I. Herman Stern Professor of Law
Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Victor Romero
Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar & Clinical Professor of Law
Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Yvette Willson
Director, Civil Legal Representation Project
Center County Women’s Resource Center

Melissa W. Wright
Department Head of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography

Immigration Basics

Immigration Law and Policy After the Election: Six Key Points, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, November 2016. 
(Este documento en español)

PowerPoint Presentation: Are Immigrants Covered by the U.S. Constitution?, Victor C. Romero.

Who Is at Risk? Vulnerable Populations

Deportation 101: A Community Resource on Anti-Deportation Education and Organizing, Families for Freedom in collaboration with members of the Detention Watch Network, Revised May 2010.

PowerPoint Presentation: No More Muslim Registry, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia.

On this Day: The End of Special Registration, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, December 22, 2016.

Understanding the Final Rule Ending NSEERS, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, December 22, 2016.

PowerPoint Presentation: Immigration Enforcement, Caitlin Barry, January 2017.

PowerPoint Presentation: Children in Immigration Proceedings, Jennifer Nagda, January 2017.

VAWA Self-Petition Handout, Yvette Willson, Centre County Women's Resource Center, January 2017.

Future of DACA, AILA, November 17, 2016.

How to apply to DACA, National Immigration Law Center, December 16, 2016.

How to renew DACA, National Immigration Law Center, December 16, 2016.

Community Response

State College Borough Immigration Resolution, on 1/9/2017 Borough Council meeting agenda

PowerPoint Presentation: The Sanctuary Tradition, Linda Rabben

Sanctuary, Basic Rights and Humanity’s Fault Lines, Jim Corbett, Spring/Summer 1988.

Searching for Sanctuary: An Analysis of America's Counties & Their Voluntary Assistance With Deportations, Lena Graber and Nikki Marquez, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, December 2016. 

Rights and Resources

10 Things Immigrant Families Need to Know Post-Election, Adapted from a draft fact sheet created by Friends of Farmworkers.

PowerPoint Presentation: Rights and Resources, Jaya Ramji-Nogales.

PA Immigrant Community Serving Organizations Directory, Judith Kim.

Paquete de Defensa de Deportación y Plan de Defensa de Deportación (Spanish) (Created by Juntos, Philadelphia, PA,     

Deportation Defense Plan (English)

Deportation Defense Packet (English)        

¡Conozca sus derechos! (Know Your Rights Storybook) (Spanish), National Immigration Project, Rev. February 2008. 

Recuperación y Resiliencia: Un Libro de Actividades para Niños Latinos Impactados por la Deportación, Lauren Utter, Psy.D., April 2014 (Spanish)

The KYR Raid Card (English to Spanish)

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