Zona Abierta: Unpacking Immigration & Disability Justice

Date / Time

October 10, 2019 - October 10, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In the years of the Trump presidency, the administration’s immigration policies have precipitated a humanitarian crisis at the border. More recently, the administration has doubled-down, releasing a new “public charge” policy that makes legal immigration impossible for disabled people, harkening back to the eugenic practices of early 20th century America. Immigration policy in the Trump era has reminded us that immigration is a disability justice issue and that ableism intersects with racism and xenophobia to disenfranchise disabled immigrants of color.

Join us for a presentation and dialogue with legal scholar Katherine Pérez who will help us unpack these intersecting issues.

Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Free refreshments and admission

This event will be held on the first floor at LCC, which is wheelchair accessible. CART and ASL will be provided. UIC is not a fragrance-free campus, but we ask that attendees refrain from wearing fragrance.

For more access info or access requests, email dcc@uic.edu or call 312-355-7050.

This program is co-sponsored by LARES (Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services) and the Disability Resource Center.

Katherine Pérez is the Director of the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Pérez is an attorney and scholar who writes about disability and immigration law and policy; she has given talks on these issues across the U.S. She is a doctoral candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is writing a dissertation on the experiences of undocumented Latinx college students with disabilities. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) honored Pérez in 2017 with the prestigious Paul G. Hearne Award for her work in initiating the Disabled Latinx Movement.


DCC will also be hosting a Lunch Discussion with Katherine Pérez on Friday, October 11 from 12-1:30pm. Spots are limited, so please contact us at dcc@uic.edu or 312-355-7050 if you’d like to join!

Link to lunch event: https://www.facebook.com/events/380395852861692/

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