Dismantling the Immigration Detention System

Host/Sponsor: 
Social Medicine Journal, Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine.
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Abstract: 
The current administration has announced an aggressive policy to remove undocumented immigrants. As described by Attorney General Sessions: “For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch-and-release practices of old are over.” Sessions’ comments pass over the fact that undocumented immigrants already faced harsh and inhumane treatment under prior administrations. Immigrant detainees represent a largely an invisible, disenfranchised population with no political advocates. Detention has also led to a flowering of resistance in New York, involving professionals (lawyers, physicians), community activists, concerned citizens, students, and politicians. Our goal in this session will be to explore the work that is currently being done in the City, examine ways in which we can collaborate and consider the difficult steps needed to dismantle this cruel and inhumane system that is unworthy of the United States. Some reading resources will be posted. Here are some additional suggestions: Detained and Dismissed: https://goo.gl/41Pht2
Reading List: 
From: Physicians for Human Rights : From Persecution to Prison:(2003, https://goo.gl/REUneq); Invisible in Isolation: (2012, https://goo.gl/fw1Fu6 ); Buried Alive (2013, https://goo.gl/8174sE) From NYLPI: Detained and Denied: https://goo.gl/c0Lgar.
Panel/Workshop Presentation Documents: 
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Robb
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Burlage, Ph.D
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Senior Management Consultant, NYC Health + Hospitals.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Founding Director and Professor, Joint Graduate Degree Program in Public Health and Urban Planning; Founder of Health PAC (Bulletin), Currently leading seminar/study groups with activist professionals, joint research on (New York) health systems, "Medical-Industrial Complex", and worker-community impacts, resistance and alternatives. Senior Management Consultant, NYC Health + Hospitals. Co-founder of SDS: economic and social sections of Port Huron Statement; co- founder, Southern Student Organizing Committee and of Peoples Appalachia (Journal) and Northern West Virginia Mountain Community Union.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Shruthi
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Rajashekara
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Montefiore Medical Center Residency in Social Medicine
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Shruthi Rajashekara is a third year resident in the Primary Care/Social Medicine program at Montefiore Medical Center. She has a strong interest in immigrant and refugee health and has conducted medical evaluations on behalf of asylum seekers and immigration detainees. She received her medical degree and a masters degree in Global Health Delivery from Harvard Medical School.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Homer
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Venters
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Physicians for Human Rights
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Dr. Venters is a recognized authority on the health risks of incarceration and the intersection between correctional health and human rights. He has written widely, and testified before Congress, on those topics. Dr. Venters received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He joined Correctional Health Services in 2008 as Deputy Medical Director, becoming Medical Director in 2010 and Assistant Commissioner in 2012. He is also a faculty member at the NYU Center for Survivors of Torture and co-chairs a federal health advisory group on medical care for detainees.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Lauren
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Quijano
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
New York Lawyers in the Public Interest
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Lauren Quijano is the Community Organizer for the Health Justice Program at NYLPI, providing community advocacy and organizing for issues related to health justice and racial justice, as they intersect with a variety of social justice issues. Lauren works directly with communities to address pressing areas of health justice in New York City. Some of Lauren’s major campaigns include Healthy Homes to address asthma-causing mold in private housing, and NYLPI’s cutting-edge program addressing inadequate healthcare in immigration detention. Lauren is also involved in NYLPI’s work surrounding the ACA and Medicaid advocacy.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Anthony
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Feliciano
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Commission on the Public's Health System
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Anthony Feliciano is currently the Director of the Commission on the Public's Health. a non-profit , community-based, city-wide organization that fights for access to quality healthcare for low-income New York residents. Since 1991, the Commission has been actively involved in fighting the privatization of the public hospitals in the city. The Commission has worked hard for the expansion of primary health care services in medically underserved communities in the City.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Tasher
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Losenegger
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Director of Clinical Operations: Weil Cornell Human Rights Clinic.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
Tasher is a second year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College with a particular interest in the convergence of global health and human rights. He currently serves as the Director of Clinical Operations at the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, a student-run organization that provides medical, psychological, and gynecological evaluations to asylum seekers.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Matthew
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Anderson
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Social Medicine
 

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