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Sanctuary: What's Next? An International Forum For, With and By Undocumented Migrants

October 07, 2020
Sanctuary: What's Next? An International Forum For, With and By  Undocumented Migrants by Ryerson University Law

An invitation for academics, activists and policy makers to come together and set a new agenda for urban strategies for undocumented residents. This pioneering online series features six seminars, open to the international community and based on perspectives across three cities – San Francisco USA, Toronto Canada & London UK:

  1. Race, Migration and Policing: 5th November 12:00 - 13:30 EST
  2. Intersectional solidarities and coalition building: 6th November 12:00 - 13:30 EST
  3. Anti-deportation and anti-detention: 12th November 14:00 - 15:30 EST
  4. Decent work 13th November: 12:00 - 13:30 EST
  5. Access to health 19th November: 12:00 - 13:30 EST
  6. Access to education 20th November: 12:00 - 13:30 EST

Aims of the series

This event will provide a platform to draw connections between the political economy of cities, the security practices at the heart of contemporary racial and colonial capitalism and the migration apparatus. In paying close attention to the messaging, practices, and tactics enacted by these organisers, there is much to learn about both the nature of the contemporary capitalist security state as well as how it might be possible to contest it.

The event is the culmination of two years’ intense networking and collaboration funded by Rachel Humphris’ Leverhulme Trust Grant ‘Welcoming Cities? Understanding Sanctuary in Securitised States’, and Graham Hudson's Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant "Sanctuary Cities in Canada: A Socio-Legal Study". The research has brought together undocumented residents, activists, advocates, NGOs, frontline workers and municipal government officials across pioneering sanctuary cities in the USA, Canada and Europe. Activists and undocumented residents specifically identified the need for this event. The event has been organised with a steering group including leading advocates across cities in these three geographical areas.

The series will be accompanied by online resources to be used for teaching, training and sharing across the USA, Canada and Europe for continued network building and collaborations, which will be shared at the event.

The advisory group for the seminar series includes:

Angela Chan, opens in new window, Asian Law Caucus

Kathleen Coll, external link, opens in new window, University of San Francisco

Graham Hudson, opens in new window, Ryerson University Toronto

Rachel Humphris, external link, opens in new window, Queen Mary, University of London 

Syed Hussan, external link, opens in new window, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, @hussansk, external link, opens in new window

Peter Mancina, external link, opens in new window, University of Oxford

Mac Scott, external link, Carranza LLP