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Leisy Abrego | Latinx Heritage Month Public Talk: “‘I am more than just papers’: Healing in the Face of Legal Violence”

Thu, October 18th, 2018
4:30 pm
- 6:00 pm

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Professor Abrego, Associate Professor in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, is a member of the first large wave of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Her research and teaching interests—inspired in great part by her family’s experiences—are in Central American immigration, Latina/o families, the inequalities created by gender, and the production of “illegality” through U.S. immigration laws. She is author of award-winning book Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her current project examines the day-to-day lives of mixed-status families after DACA. She also dedicates much of her time to supporting and advocating for refugees and immigrants by writing editorials and pro-bono expert declarations in asylum cases.
Her talk, entitled “‘I am more than just papers’: Healing in the Face of Legal Violence,” will examine how U.S. immigration policy harms individuals, families, and communities by blocking access to legalization and crucial resources while criminalizing immigrants’ presence in this country. Professor Abrego will describe some of the ways that legal violence plays out in immigrant lives as well as highlight immigrants’ various forms of healing and resistance.

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