Sanctuary Cities: Challenges and Opportunities

May 24, 2016


Webinar:

Sanctuary Cities: Challenges and Opportunities

 

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Webinar Description: 

The global Sanctuary City movement is growing, with formal and informal networks spreading across the UK, Europe, the US, and now Canada. In some jurisdictions this means formal policies to protect irregular migrants from prosecution. In others, it enshrines the individual’s ‘right to the city’ and ensures access to public services, regardless of immigration status. Elsewhere it is a community-led strategy to promote social inclusion and raise public awareness of the vulnerable. In an age of high mobility and open borders, what they all have in common is a growing number of residents who may be falling through the cracks.

This 60-minute webinar that explores sanctuary policies and programs in Toronto and New York, what works and why it’s important, asking: Who does the sanctuary city seek to protect and why?

Toronto’s sanctuary city ordinance (Access T.O.) is relatively young (2013), and new research by Idil Atak and Graham Hudson at Ryerson University suggests it’s being rolled out unevenly across city services and institutions, and that the reasons why people are ‘undocumented’ and how they become ‘illegalized’ is poorly understood.

New York City’s inclusive approach to city services includes strategies to address the challenges of a large undocumented citizenry– in the short term with programs like the NYC municipal ID card, while the Cities for Citizenship campaign seeks long term solutions by promoting a path to citizenship (legality). Sonia Lin, General Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York shares practical insights from MOIA’s long experience with undocumented people, offering a welcome counterpoint to Toronto’s ‘start-up’ experience to date.

Speakers: 

• Idil Atak, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto
• Graham Hudson, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto
• Sonia Lin, General Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York

Speaker Bios:

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Idil Atak

Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto

Idil Atak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Ryerson University, and is the President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS).

 

 

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General Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York

Sonia Lin is the General Counsel and Policy Director at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she works on policies and programs that promote the well-being of immigrant communities. She joined MOIA from Cardozo Law School’s Immigration Justice Clinic, where she taught law students and represented individuals and immigrant rights organizations in litigation and advocacy. She has worked in private practice at the employee rights law firm Outten & Golden LLP and taught immigration law at Cardozo.

 

 

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Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto

Graham Hudson is an Associate Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. He teaches and researches in the areas of irregular migration, the criminalization of migration, national security, and human rights.

 

 

 


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