Past Events

EVENTS
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OCTOBER

Central America’s “Dirty” Little Secrets: War, Genocide and Deportation - Photography Projection & Speak Out
Launching Reception
Tuesday, October 8, 1:30pm to 2:40pm (displayed until November 27) Atrium
(Coordinated by Marcia Esparza, Criminal Justice Department, JJC; HMP Director)

Raising awareness about the intimate connections between war, genocide and deportation as it relates to the Central American experience.


Book Talk: Outside Justice:
Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice

Michele Waslin, Pew Charitable Trusts
Juan Pedroza, Stanford University
Jorge Chavez, Bowling Green State University
Shirley Leyro, John Jay College/CUNY Grad Center
Wednesday, October 9, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
9.64 Conference Room
To RSVP: oar@jjay.cuny.edu

(Coordinated by Dan Stageman, Director of Research Operations, Office for the Advancement of Research, JJC & Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC


Hip Hop Culture Addresses Deportation and the Undocumented

Thursday, October 17, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Workshop & Performance by Rebel Diaz, political hip-hop trio
1pm-2pm Immigration Workshop, East End Cafeteria
To RSVP: mmahraoui@jjay.cuny.edu

2pm-3pm Musical Performance by Rebel Diaz, political hip-hop trio, Student Dining Hall

(Coordinated by Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC)

John Jay welcomes political Hip Hop trio Rebel Diaz, along with activist, community organizer, pastor, and John Jay alumna Claudia De la Cruz of Da Urban Butterflies Youth Leadership Development Project, for an evening of music and conversation on the plight of undocumented young people living under the threat of deportation.


Performance & Justice Series:
Installation by Eve Topolska

Monday, October 21, 1:30pm-3:00pm & Wednesday, October 23, at 2:00pm-3:30 pm
Black Box Theatre
(Coordinated by Seth Baumrin, Department of Communications and Theatre Arts, JJC)

International theatre scholar and archivist Eve Topolska presents an installation accompanying open discussion about the struggle of African immigrants who lose their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco to Spain in their attempt to escape hunger, war, and general poverty.


Film Screening & Discussion:
Tony & Janina’s American Wedding
Ruth Leitman, director, producer, editor
Steve Dixon, co-producer, composer, outreach coordinator
Tuesday, October 29, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
L61
(Coordinated by Shirley Leyro, JJC CRJ Ph.D. candidate)

A feature length documentary that gets to the heart of the broken, red tape ridden U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski's family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6 year old son Brian with her.

 

NOVEMBER

Performance & Justice Series:
Staged Reading of Yue Madeleine Yue

Thursday, November 7 & Saturday, November 9, from 3pm to 5pm
Black Box Theatre
(Coordinated by Seth Baumrin, Theater & Communications Department, JJC)

A tragi-comedy by Kosovo’s leading playwright, Jeton Neziraj, about the abuse and forced migrations of Roma people in modern Europe.

Book Launch: Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State (Oxford 2013)
Friday, November 8th at the Graduate Center
(Coordinated by CUNY faculty member Alfonzo Gonzalez)

The book describes the last ten years of migration control policies and Latino migrant activism in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington DC.
(Please contact: alfonso.gonzales@lehman.cuny.edu)


Academic/Expert Panel Discussion:
The New American Diaspora

Bernard Hedley, Prof. of Sociology at UWI;
Steve Vigil, El Salvador Peace Process;
Daniel Kanstroom, Boston College, Author of Aftermath
Thursday, November 14, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
9.64 conference room, NB
(Coordinated by Dave Brotherton, Sociology Department, JJC)

For many Americans, deportation is perceived as an end—the ‘just desserts’ of criminal activity or immigration violations by non-citizen residents. For those individuals deported, however—not to mention the families they leave behind—deportation is just the beginning. What happens after deportation, in the countries that may receive thousands of individuals with no real knowledge of the local culture, or perhaps even the language—individuals who, in many cases, think of themselves solely as Americans. Three premier scholars and practitioners join us to discuss their work and studies of the experiences of deportees—Steven Vigil through his work supporting the truce between the street organizations MS13 and Barrio 18in El Salvador, Bernard Headley through his 2005 book, Deported: Entry and Exit Findings of Jamaicans Returned from the United States and his work on re-framing images of "deportees" in Jamaica and Daniel Kanstroom through his work providing legal defense to deportees through Boston College’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project and his acclaimed books Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora (2012) and Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (2007).

RSVP: oar@jjay.cuny.edu


Unwanted: The Faces and Voices of Haitians and Dominicans
Monday, November 18, 1:30pm to 2:40pm
First Floor, NB
(Coordinated by Luis Barrios, Africana & Latino/a Studies Program, JJC)

Luis Barrios, Professor of Latina/o Studies, presents excerpts from a photo-ethnography on the plight of people from Haiti and the Dominican Republic created by John Jay students who participated in a study abroad in the Dominican Republic in the Summer of 2013. 

Creative Expressions: Challenging the Immigration Taboo
Poetry contest & open mic: JJ students share their stories
Musical & theatrical performances by JJ’s Artist United & Theatre Clubs
Networking opportunity with community-based organizations
Monday, November 25, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Student Dining Hall
(Coordinated by Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC in collaboration with Student Life & Student Affairs, and JJ clubs)

An afternoon of poetry and performance and networking with organizations by and for John Jay students, for many of whom immigration is an important part of their day-to-day experience and identity.


Central America’s “Dirty” Little Secrets: War, Genocide and Deportation - Photography, Film, and (Re)Presentation
Mario Rosales, filmmaker and producer, “The Return of Lencho”
Aura Bogado, freelance writer & journalist, The Nation, Colorlines, & others
Tuesday, November 26, 4pm to 7pm
Student Dining Hall, East End
(Coordinated by Marcia Esparza, Criminal Justice Department, JJC; HMP Director)

Raising awareness about the intimate connections between war, genocide and deportation as it relates to the Central American experience.

 

DECEMBER

Lecture
Keynote Address by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann
Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Opening Remarks by President Jeremy Travis
Wednesday, December 4, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Moot Court
followed by:
Reception Hosted by President Jeremy Travis
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Justice Quad
(Coordinated by Dan Stageman, Director of Research Operations, Office for the Advancement of Research, JJC &
Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC)


A Call to Action: Deportation Initiative Student & Community Closing Forum
Monday, December 9, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Student Dining Hall
(Coordinated by Dan Stageman, Director of Research Operations, Office for the Advancement of Research, JJC &
Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC & in partnership with community-based/advocacy organizations)

Our semester-long immigration and deportation initiative closes with “A Call to Action” and an opportunity for John Jay students, faculty, and alumni to connect with local advocacy organizations and other immigrant-focused non-profits.

 


Past Events

Panel: Deportation Laws and Their Local Impact

View Video of Panel Discussion

Monday, September 16, Time: 4-6pm
Location: 6.68 Moot Court, New Building,
John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St, NYC
(Coordinated by Dave Brotherton, Sociology Department, JJC and Dan Stageman, Office for the Advancement of Research, JJC)

PANELISTS:
Commissioner Dora Schriro, NYC Department of Correction
Alina Das, NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic
Talia Peleg, Brooklyn Defender Services
Angela Fernandez, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights


Book Talk: Outside Justice: Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice

Michele Waslin, Pew Charitable Trusts
Juan Pedroza, Stanford University
Jorge Chavez, Bowling Green State University
Shirley Leyro, John Jay College/CUNY Grad Center

Wednesday, October 9th, 4-6pm
9.64 9th Floor Conference Room, New Building, John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St, NYC
(Coordinated by Dan Stageman, Office for the Advancement of Research, JJC & Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC)

Edited by Professor and Chair of the John Jay Sociology Department David Brotherton, and Criminal Justice Doctoral Students Daniel Stageman and Shirley Leyro, Outside Justice looks at the overlap between public perceptions of immigration and criminality, and its reflection in the practical overlap between criminal justice and immigration control systems. 


Hip Hop Culture Addresses Deportation and the Undocumented

Thursday, October 17, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Workshop & Performance by Rebel Diaz, political hip-hop trio
1pm-2pm Immigration Workshop, East End Cafeteria
To RSVP: mmahraoui@jjay.cuny.edu
2pm-3pm Musical Performance by Rebel Diaz, political hip-hop trio, Student Dining Hall

(Coordinated by Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC)

John Jay welcomes political Hip Hop trio Rebel Diaz, along with activist, community organizer, pastor, and John Jay alumna Claudia De la Cruz of Da Urban Butterflies Youth Leadership Development Project, for an afternoon of music and conversation on the plight of undocumented young people living under the threat of deportation.

 

Performance & Justice Series:
Installation by Eve Topolska

Monday, October 21, 1:30pm-3:00pm &
Wednesday, October 23, at 2:00pm-3:30 pm

Black Box Theatre
(Coordinated by Seth Baumrin, Department of Communications and Theatre Arts, JJC)

International theatre scholar and archivist Eve Topolska presents an installation accompanying open discussion about the struggle of African immigrants who lose their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco to Spain in their attempt to escape hunger, war, and general poverty.


Film Screening & Discussion:
Tony & Janina’s American Wedding

Tuesday, October 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Room L61
(Coordinated by Shirley Leyro, JJC CRJ Ph.D. candidate)

A feature length documentary that gets to the heart of the broken, red tape ridden U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski's family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6 year old son Brian with her.

Film screening was followed by a discussion (including Q&A) via Skype with director Ruth Leitman and co-producer Steve Dixon.


Panel Discussion: The New American Diaspora
What Happens to American Immigrants After Deportation?

Thursday, November 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm
6.68NB (Moot Courtroom), New Building


Steven Vigil
Transnational Advisory Group in Support of the Peace Process in El Salvador

Bernard Headley

University of the West Indies at Mona

Daniel Kanstroom
Boston College Post-Deportation Human Rights Project

For many Americans, deportation is perceived as an end—the ‘just desserts’ of criminal activity or immigration violations by non-citizen residents. For those individuals deported, however—not to mention the families they leave behind—deportation is just the beginning. What happens after deportation, in the countries that may receive thousands of individuals with no real knowledge of the local culture, or perhaps even the language—individuals who, in many cases, think of themselves solely as Americans.


UNWANTED: The Faces and Voices of Haitians and Dominicans

Monday, November 18, 1:30 - 2:40pm
East End Balcony, 1st Floor, New Building

Launching Reception of a student photo-ethnography exhibit on the plight of people from Haiti and the Dominican Republic


CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS: Challenging the Immigration Taboo

Poetry contest & open mic: JJ students share their stories
Musical & theatrical performances by JJ’s Artist United & Theatre Clubs
Networking opportunity with community-based organizations
Monday, November 25, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Student Dining Hall

(Coordinated by Bettina Muenster, Coordinator of Research & Special Projects to President Travis, JJC in collaboration with Student Life & Student Affairs, and JJ clubs)

An afternoon of poetry and performance and networking with organizations by and for John Jay students, for many of whom immigration is an important part of their day-to-day experience and identity.

VIDEOS

POETRY CONTEST
John Jay students reflected on their experiences with immigration and/or deportation and what it means to them to “be an AMERICAN.”

WINNERS:

1st prize—$200 : Rose Mary Osorio (click here to read Rose’s poem)

2nd prize—$100 : Bismarck Martinez (click here to read Bismarck’s poem)

3rd prizes—$50 each : Angy Rivera (read Angy’s poem and Bio) and Maoly Hernandez (click here to read Maoly’s poem)

 

Keynote Lecture:
ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS
by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann


An Examination of Approaches to Secure Access to Justice for Immigrants and a Discussion of An Immigrant Justice Corps

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
4pm to 6pm
Moot Court Room, NB

President’s reception to follow in the Justice Quad
Please rsvp to: bmuenster@jjay.cuny.edu

Robert A. Katzmann is the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He became Chief Judge on September 1, 2013. At his appointment in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute. He currently chairs the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch.

Chief Judge Katzmann's Bio

Click here to view NYIRS Accessing Justice Report

 

 

 

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For any questions, please contact Bettina Muenster, bmuenster@jjay.cuny.edu