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What makes a country a home? Three experts on immigration and human rights will come together to share from their work from different sides of the border crisis. A national immigration correspondent for The New York Times, Miriam Jordan is a grassroots reporter who has profiled the lives of immigrant workers and is currently writing about how policy is turning migrant moms and kids into prey for narcos. Lindsay Toczylowski is the executive director at Immigrant Defenders Law Center, which represents asylum seekers subjected to the Migrant Protections Protocol, the Trump policy forcing them to remain in Mexico until their case has been adjudicated in immigration court. Jordan and Toczylowski will be joined in conversation by Mark Rosenbaum, the director of Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law, who has argued landmark cases on immigration before the Supreme Court. He will also share from his work defending the rights of both DACA recipients and the rights of documented and undocumented families separated at the border. Following this timely look at the impact of immigration policy on people in the U.S., the evening will end with a powerful performance by poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, who will read from his award-winning work.

Lindsay Toczylowski

Lindsay Toczylowski is a founding member and the current Executive Director at the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, a next-generation social justice law firm based in Los Angeles. For the past decade, Lindsay has served as a legal advocate for a variety of California-based organizations dedicated to making immigrant rights on paper into rights in reality. Her team works to defend immigrant communities against systemic injustices in the legal system. Lindsay’s expertise encompasses human rights law, immigration, refugee law, international development, and the rule of law. Previously, she was Directing Attorney at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Projects, Overseas Operations Director for Asylum Access, and a Staff Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense.


Miriam Jordan

Miriam Jordan is a national immigration correspondent for The New York Times. She reports from a grassroots perspective on the impact of immigration policy on people in the country legally and illegally; on the labor market and on demographics. Before joining The Times, Ms. Jordan worked at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. She has been a reporter in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French and Hebrew.


Mark Rosenbaum

Mark Rosenbaum is director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law, which aims to eliminate economic injustice. He has argued four times before the United States Supreme Court, more than 25 before the Ninth and Sixth Circuit federal Courts of Appeal, three before the California Supreme Court and before the United States Court of Military Appeals. Rosenbaum has been principal counsel in landmark cases in the areas of K-12 public and higher education, voting rights, poverty law and homelessness, racial, gender, class and sexual orientation discrimination, health care, immigrants’ rights, foster care and criminal defendants’ rights. Currently, he teaches law at the University of California Irvine Law School and teaches courses in liberty and equality and free speech to Chinese law students at Peking University of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. He joined Public Counsel from his roles for over four decades with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, most recently as Chief Counsel.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to California with his family at the age of five. He received a BA from Sacramento State University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Castillo is the author of Cenzontle (BOA Editions, 2018), which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. Prize. A founding member of the Undocupoets, he teaches poetry to incarcerated youth and also teaches at the Ashland University low-res MFA program. He lives in Marysville, California.


Illustration courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obeygiant.com


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