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Women and Immigration: Improving Policy & Lives

March 8, 2011
When Mar 08, 2011
from 04:00 AM to 07:30 AM
Where George Washington University's Marvin Center, Room 309, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
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Immigrant women make enormous contributions to U.S. society and face a number of intense challenges that are under-recognized in discussions and debate on immigration reform. Honoring the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, this forum will bring together leading activists, policy makers, and researchers from across the country to discuss strategies for addressing women immigrants' unique concerns, including a lack of access to child care, health care and education, and disproportionate exposure to harassment and violence.

Opening Remarks and Discussion Moderators:

Jane Henrici
and Cynthia Hess
, IWPR Study Directors and

Tova Wang
, Demos Senior Democracy Fellow

Keynote Speaker
:

Mee Moua
is Vice President of Strategic Impact Initiatives at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, she was the first Hmong American elected to a state legislature in the U.S.

Speakers:

Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Director of Policy, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and 
Steering Committee member of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women's Rights

Michelle Brané, Director of the Detention and Asylum Program, the Women's Refugee Commission

Julissa Ferreras, New York City Council Member, Queens District 21 and Chair of the Council's Women's Issues Committee 

Rachel Micah-Jones, Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

Margie McHugh, Co-Director, National Center on, Immigrant Integration Policy,  Migration Policy Institute

Remziya Suleyman, Policy Coordinator, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Representative, National Domestic Workers Alliance (invited)
For more information please view the Event Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Please distribute widely. This event is free and open to the public.

About the sponsors

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies. IWPR is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women's studies and public policy programs at George Washington University.

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity; a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to promote democracy, civil society, human rights, international understanding and a healthy environment internationally. The foundation is affiliated with the German Green Party. The Washington D.C. office of the Böll Foundation was created in 1998 to support the foundation's international efforts. Today, the Heinrich Böll Foundation cooperates worldwide, with over 200 partner organizations in more than 60 countries.

 

 

 

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