Lectures

Zona Abierta: Immigration and Disability Justice

[Image Description: Zona Abierta - Unpacking Immigration & Disability Justice. 'Unpacking' is in black lettering inside of speech bubble, and 'Immigration & Disability Justice is written in purple and red lettering. Below the title is an image of the US-Mexico border wall. Below the title and image of the border wall, the event description, event details, and Katherine bio are listed.]

[Image Description: Zona Abierta – Unpacking Immigration & Disability Justice. ‘Unpacking’ is in black lettering inside of speech bubble, and ‘Immigration & Disability Justice is written in purple and red lettering. Below the title is an image of the US-Mexico border wall. Below the title and image of the border wall, the event description, event details, and Katherine bio are listed.]

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.