Immigration & Access to Legal Resources for Migrants & Refugees
Wisconsin International Law Journal
University of Wisconsin Law School
Date: April 13 and April 14, 2023
The United States has a long history of immigration, with millions of people from all over the world coming to the U.S. to seek better lives, reunite with family, or escape persecution. One of the most significant challenges facing immigrants is access to legal resources. Immigration laws and regulations are often complex and never static, making it difficult for immigrants to navigate the legal system. Additionally, many immigrants face language barriers, discrimination, and limited financial resources, which can further hinder their ability to access legal resources.
There is significant overlap between immigration law in the U.S. and international law, particularly when it comes to the treatment of migrants and refugees. The U.S. is bound by international law and is expected to comply with its obligations under various human rights treaties and conventions. By looking to international legal frameworks, the U.S. can identify gaps and shortcomings in its own immigration policies and practices.
U.S. policy on immigration has undergone significant changes across different administrations, reflecting differing political priorities, values, and perceptions of immigration. This symposium seeks to explore the domestic and international legal frameworks that apply to immigration and explore ways to improve access to legal resources for migrants and refugees.
Day 1: Thursday, April 13, 2023
Panel 1: Immigration & Access to Legal Resources
This panel will focus on the challenges created by the federal and state legal system, resources available, challenges in accessing resources, and the role of advocacy organizations.
Day 2: Friday, April 14, 2023
|9:30 -11:00 a.m.||
Panel 2: International Law & Immigration
This panel will focus on human rights principles related to international law and immigration.
|11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||
Panel 3: Impact of the Pandemic
This panel will discuss immigration policy changes due to the pandemic and how the pandemic affected immigrant communities.
|12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||
Panel 4: Current Issues in Immigration Law
This panel seeks to explore the latest developments in immigration law including but not limited to policy changes under the Biden Administration, Afghan resettlement, Haitian refugees, impacts from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and DACA.
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