Keep the Lamp Lifted: Basics of Accompanying Immigrants in an Era of Radicalized Enforcement and Degraded Protections

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Keep the Lamp Lifted: Basics of Accompanying Immigrants in an Era of Radicalized Enforcement and Degraded Protections

Thursday, November 16, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course offers 4.0 contact hours

$99 for professionals and community members
$79 for DU affiliates* (DU faculty, staff and alumni)
$49 for current students (must provide a valid student ID at check-in)
There is a discounted price for the Healthcare Policy and Media course.
*Discounted pricing provided for GSSW affiliates generously sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work.

University of Denver
Anderson Academic Commons
Loft - Room 340
2150 E Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210

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Many have called immigration the civil rights issue of our time. Certainly, it is one of the most emotional and divisive issues, begging uncomfortable questions about who we are as a people and how we relate to the rest of the world. Extremely limited ways to immigrate lawfully, rigorous enforcement of immigration laws, the rampant rise of immigration detention, massive numbers of deportations, and pervasive fear among immigrant communities are not new. Nonetheless, immigration policy under the Trump Administration is distinct. It is marked by moves to drastically expand who can be detained and deported, restrict legal immigration, ban entrants from particular countries, and strip previous protections for certain immigrants. What do allies of immigrants need to know about immigration law basics and current policies? How can social workers, service providers, educators, activists, and others responsibly accompany immigrants to stay safe and meet essential needs? How can concerned people engage in local movements to resist negative changes, preserve and enhance protections, and reframe the issues?

Join local advocates to answer these questions during a four-hour, interactive workshop. First, staff members of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)—provider of free immigration legal services to immigrant children and youth in Colorado and to detained immigrant adults—will guide participants to share their knowledge with each other by playing Immigration Bingo (prizes included!). Next, RMIAN social worker Megan Hope and RMIAN Children’s Program attorney Lauren Duke will present Immigration 101: immigration status types and corresponding limitations and rights (including a basic overview of public benefits eligibility), government agencies involved in immigration services and enforcement, and immigration status options/forms of legal relief from deportation. Megan will explore special considerations when working with immigrant populations, including rights and risks involving detention and deportation, challenges of families with mixed status, and appropriate social service resources for undocumented immigrants. Lauren will provide a briefing on current immigration policy, including President Trump’s executive orders on immigration enforcement and the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The final part of the day will be led by Jennifer Piper of the American Friends Service Committee, which works to create a welcoming climate for all people by building broad support for immigrant justice. Jennifer will inform participants about local immigration policy advocacy efforts, including Colorado sanctuary cities and the Colorado Rapid Response Network. She will offer guidance on engaging in these and other civic movements for change.


Participants in this course will:

  1. Gain basic knowledge about immigration law, including status types, relevant government agencies, and dynamics of detention and deportation
  2. Learn at least three ways to support immigrant communities to stay safe and meet basic needs
  3. Get up to speed on major recent changes in federal immigration policy
  4. Identify at least three ways to advocate for just immigration policies and practices