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Join us for a timely and thought-provoking Symposium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where we will delve into the past, present, and future of Elizabeth Detention Center. This symposium features both academic, policy, detainee, and activist perspectives on the challenges surrounding the struggle to end immigrant detention in New Jersey and the United States.

The symposium is coordinated by the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), First Friends of NJ and NY, and Detention Watch Network, and with the support from the following Rutgers units: School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Institute for the Study Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ), Global Latinx New Jersey, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies (LCS), Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice, the Department of Sociology, Rutgers Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies (RAICCS), and the Program in Criminal Justice.

Speakers include:
Abdulai Bah (Al Jazeera - Fault Lines), Ulla D. Berg (Rutgers-New Brunswick), Carolina Sánchez Boe (Aarhus University, Denmark), Pina Cirillo, Rutgers Law School, Will Coley (Aquifer Media), Deirdre Conlon (University of Leeds, UK), Jenny Garcia (Detention Watch Network), Amy Gottlieb (AFSC), Nancy Hiemstra (SUNY-Stony Brook), Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale (HPRC), Sebastián León (Rutgers-New Brunswick), Elizabeth Llorente (former Bergen Record), Lauren Major (AFSC), Selvin Martinez, Lori Nessel (Seton Hall University), Kathy O'Leary (Pax Christi NJ), Sally Pillay (First Friends of NJ and NY), Mary Rizzo (History, Rutgers Newark), Katy Sastre (First Friends of NJ and NY), Whitney Strub (History, Rutgers Newark), Amy Torres (NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice), Sarah Tosh (Rutgers-Camden), Penny Venetis (Rutgers Law School), Gabriela Viera (Detention Watch Network), and Bill Westerman (New Jersey City University).

For additional information, check out: Speaker Bios - EDC Event.docx.pdf

For the full program, check out: EDC Symposium Program

WHAT: Full-day teach-in with attendance by formerly detained community members, grassroots organizers, academics, and other policy experts to outline the Elizabeth Detention Center’s social history within New Jersey and the national immigration detention system
WHEN: Friday, October 27, from 9:00AM - 5:00PM
WHERE: 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue Livingston Student Center Collaborative Learning Center Piscataway, NJ, USA NJ 08854 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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For more information, please contact Prof. Ulla Berg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..