2014 Border Abuses Workshop

Border Abuses Workshop
El Paso, Texas
May 15-16, 2014

We look forward to seeing you at the Border Abuses Workshop. Below, please find the final version of the agenda. Included underneath the title of each session are bullet points that illustrate the substance of the discussion, including a combination of recommended and required reading materials. Required reading materials are listed in red and marked with an asterisk; recommended materials are in blue. We suggest that all participants review the agenda prior to the workshop, consider which small group sessions they would like to attend, and complete the required readings beforehand.

If you have questions about any of the information posted online or regarding the workshop in general, please contact Seth Garfinkel at sgarfinkel@immcouncil.org.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

11:30 Registration and lunch

12:00-12:30 Opening remarks and introductions

12:30-1:30 Voices from the Border
Speakers: Albert Armendariz, Barbara Hines, Vicki Gaubeca, Mary Kenney (Moderator)

1:30-3:00 Advocacy Strategies & Challenges
Speakers: Andrea Guerrero, Hannah Hafter, Chris Rickerd, Vicki Gaubeca (Moderator)

3:15-3:30 Networking Break

3:30-5:00 Legal Strategies & Challenges
Speakers: Matt Adams, Javier Maldonado, Lorena Morrow, Mitra Ebadolahi (Moderator)

5:00-6:00 Collaboration Process Discussion
Facilitators: Astrid Dominguez, Julie Mao, Trina Realmuto (Moderator)

7:00 Group Dinner: L & J Cafe (transportation provided, dinner at participants’ expense)

Friday, May 16, 2014

8:15 Breakfast

8:30-9:15 Demo of ACLU-NM Online Binational Abuse Documentation System
Speaker: Alyssa Telander

9:15-9:30 Networking Break

9:30-11:15 Small Group Sessions

  1. Roving border patrols (including CBP collaboration with local law enforcement)
    Facilitators: Glenda Aldana Madrid, Brian Erickson, and Benjamin Prado

  2. Dangerous repatriation practices (including failure to return belongings)
    Facilitators: Esmerelda Flores, James Duff Lyall

  3. No process removals
    Facilitators: Sean Riordan, Trina Realmuto, Victoria Lopez

11:15-12:00 Reports from Small Group Sessions

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Update on CBP Abuses Campaign, National Police Accountability Project & Migrants’ Rights Work in Mexico
Speakers: Seth Garfinkel, Brigitt Keller, Blanca Navarette, Melissa Crow (Moderator)

1:30-3:15 Small Group Sessions

  1. Conditions in CBP short-term detention facilities
    Facilitators: Jen Podkul, Mary Kenney, Karen Tumlin 

  2. Improper use of force
    Facilitators: Andrea Guerrero, Araceli Martínez-Olguín

3:15-3:45 Reports from Small Group Sessions

3:45-4:15 Moving Forward – Opportunities for Collaboration
Facilitators: Brian Erickson, Mitra Ebadolahi

4:15-4:30 Wrap-Up & Evaluations