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Coming to Campus

- April 17, 2006

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

A conference on Latin American immigration policy and human rights in Connecticut will take place on Thursday, April 20, from 1 to 8 p.m. in the North Reading Room, Wilbur Cross Building.

The conference will link the work of academic experts in migration with the work of legal experts, non-profit providers of humanitarian services for the Latino community, and consular offices of Latin American governments.

The conference will include several panels.

The first will discuss academic research about Latinos living in Connecticut. Panelists will include David Lindstrom, an associate professor of sociology and population studies at Brown University.

A second panel will consider human rights and public policy at national and state levels.

Attorney Fernando Betancourt, executive director of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, and Attorney Josh Bernstein from the National Center for Immigration Law, will be panelists.

Services available for Latino immigrant communities will be the topic of a roundtable discussion.

Non-profit humanitarian assistance providers for the Latino community and a representative of the Mexican Consulate in New York will participate in the roundtable, and will display information about the services they provide.

Enrico Marcelli, assistant professor of economics at UMass-Boston and Robert Wood Johnston Visiting Scholar at Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss his research on unauthorized Mexican immigration and U.S. immigration policy.

And students will sponsor a forum about current public policy proposals regarding immigration.

Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Ned Lamont, a candidate for U.S. Senate, will participate.

For additional information, contact the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at 860-486-4964 or via e-mail: LatinAmerica@uconn.edu. The conference is free, but registration is requested. The registration form is available at www.clacs.uconn.edu

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, the Office of International Affairs, the Human Rights Institute, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Cooperative Extension, and the Latino Health Disparities Center.

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