CANCELLED - Alina Das - "No Justice in the Shadows" - David Ansari

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Alina Das
**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
Alina Das discusses No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants. She will be joined in conversation by David Ansari. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
This event is presented in partnership with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.
At 57th Street Books
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About the book: Each year in the United States, 300,000 people are arrested, imprisoned, and deported, trapped in what leading immigrant rights activist and lawyer Alina Das calls the “deportation machine.” Through the stories of those caught in the system, Das traces the ugly history of immigration policy to explain how the US constructed the idea of the “criminal alien,” effectively dividing immigrants into the categories “good” and “bad,” “deserving” and “undeserving.” As Das argues, we need to confront the cruelty of the machine so that we can build an inclusive immigration policy premised on human dignity and break the cycle once and for all.
About the author: Alina Das is an immigrant rights activist, lawyer, and professor at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Das is the co-director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in national and local struggles for immigrant rights. She defends the rights of immigrants facing deportation and partners with community groups on immigrant rights campaigns. Her legal scholarship has been published by leading law journals and cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.
About the interlocutor: David Ansari is a medical anthropologist with research and teaching interests at the intersections of health and human rights, transnational migration, health services research, and ethnographies of organizations. His work has examined the experiences of clinical students as they learned to better support individuals with diverse migration trajectories. His current project charts the development of new therapeutic approaches to address trauma and promote stability among refugees in France.
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637