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Cosponsored by NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), Migration Policy Institute, Law Students for Human Rights at NYU Law, NYU Law Immigrant Rights Project, NYU Law International Law Society, and the NYU Anti Trafficking Advocacy Coalition.

This year’s symposium will examine the potency of international human rights law within the United States. In particular, it will focus on how international human rights perspectives could help the U.S. and other nations reframe national immigration debates to find more humane and functional societal solutions than those currently in place. Please Register at:
Up to 5 CLE Credits Available.


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Key Note Addresses
First, Dr. Jorge Bustamante, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and
Professor Susan Gzesh, University of Chicago Law School will frame the day.


Panel One: Towards a Rights Respecting Immigration Enforcement System
Next, Moderator Adam Cox, NYU School of Law, Jamil Dakwar, ACLU Human Rights Project, Denise Gilman, University of Texas School of Law, Sarah Paoletti, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Dan Kanstroom, Boston College Law School will discuss the state of human rights within the U.S. Immigration Enforcement System.

12:00-1:00 Lunch


Panel Two: Comparing Rights Access of Laborers and Trafficking Victims.
After lunch, Moderator Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU School of Law, Robert Rose, EEOC New York Regional Attorney, Jayne Huckerby, Duke University School of Law, Beth Lyon, Villanova School of Law, and Kathleen Kim, Loyola Law School will turn our attention to the human rights of migrants within U.S. workplaces.


Panel Three: Predicting Rights Impacts of the Proposed U.S. Immigration Reform
Finally, Moderator Nancy Morawetz, NYU School of Law, Muzaffar Chishti, Migration Policy Institute, Alison Parker, Human Rights Watch, Kerri Talbot, former Chief Counsel, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Jorge Bustamante, former UN Special Rapporteur will examine the latest attempt at Immigration Reform, Senate Bill S744, examining where this legislation alleviated human rights concerns discussed on previous panels, where it failed to do so, and what international human rights frameworks could add to our national debate.


Cake and Conversation
A chance to enjoy refreshments and mingle with the speakers.

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