The Crisis Facing Immigrant Children and Youth in the United States

The Prisons and Justice Initiative, in co-sponsorship with the Department of Anthropology, was proud to host its first main campus event of the academic year, “The Crisis Facing Immigrant Children and Youth in the United States.” In a context of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, enhanced enforcement initiatives and limited protections, this panel will bring together immigration experts—academics, advocates, practitioners, and youth—who all speak to the intensifying challenges of life for young immigrants in the current moment. This event was organized in conjunction with the 2019 publication of Illegal Encounters: The Effect of Detention and Deportation on Young People, co-edited by two of the panelists, which examines many of the issues surrounding undocumented youth—from their apprehension, detention, and release to struggles to gain legal status and find acceptance in local communities.

Moderated by Prisons and Justice Initiative Director Marc M. Howard, the timely discussion will include: