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The University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES) was founded in 2005 by former provost and chancellor Robert Coombe.  DULCCES is as a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to creating and advancing knowledge that gives voice to the history, politics, culture, and legacies of Latino communities. The faculty of DULCCES are dedicated to critical inquiry that incorporates the rich histories of the Latino community. As a community of scholars we value the connection between the mind and the heart of the community which is the foundation from which we have emerged as scholars. 

2016 Crimmigration Law lecture series

cesar garcia   Chris Lasch

With the support of a generous grant from DULCCES, and additional funds from the Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place, and Law, Professors García Hernández and Lasch are organizing a four-part Crimmigration Law Lecture Series that will take place in the spring and fall of 2016. 

Between 1986 and 2009, deportations from the United States jumped from 24,592 to 393,289. This ten-fold rise in deportations was largely made possible by the construction of an effective pipeline from the criminal justice system to the immigration system, part of an intertwining of the criminal and immigration justice systems that scholars have labelled “crimmigration.”

The rise of the crimmigration enforcement regime has several dimensions. The aim of the Crimmigration Law Lecture Series is to explore different facets of crimmigration by bringing together senior and junior scholars from around the country who have addressed crimmigration law and policy in their scholarship. Each installment in the Lecture Series will pair junior and senior scholars, bringing them into conversation with scholars and students here at the University of Denver, and members of the broader Denver community.

In March 2016, the Lecture Series will begin with a session devoted to addressing the role of race in the rise of the crimmigration regime. Kevin Johnson (Dean of the University of California—Davis School of Law) will be joined by Yolanda Vázquez (Associate Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law) and Linus Chan (Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School). The second session of the Lecture Series, dedicated to a discussion of the role of detention in the crimmigration regime, will take place in April 2016. Jennifer Chacón (Professor of Law, University of California—Irvine School of Law) and Mariela Olivares (Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law) will present. The third and fourth installments of the Lecture Series, to be scheduled in the fall of 2016, will address Arizona (crimmigration’s “ground zero”) and the interdisciplinary study of crimmigration.

The Crimmigration Law Lecture Series builds on two years of crimmigration law events at the Sturm College of Law that DULCCES has been integral in supporting: the 2014 Crimmigration Law and Policy Workshop, a 2015 crimmigration symposium sponsored by the Denver University Law Review, and a 2015 interdisciplinary course on immigration detention that took law and social work students to work in family detention centers in Texas.