Debunking Deportation Myths

Migration Research Cluster

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Student Community Center

This conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and lawyers to analyze different aspects of deportation. The first part of the conference presents findings from new research on the local impact of deportations on the economy and on crime, and on the effect of immigrant detention on families and children. In the second part, we learn from stories of deported people and hear from activists and practitioners who will discuss their experiences assisting immigrants with legal issues in their deportation proceedings. 

This conference and roundtable is organized by the Migration Research Cluster with generous support from the UC Mexico Initiative.

Registration closes on February 26 at 12 pm. 


8:30 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 9:30 AM

Research Insight: Deportations and Employment

  • Philip Luck, University of Colorado,
    DenverDeportations and Employment

9:30-10:00 AM

Research Insight: Deportations and Crime

  • Giovanni Peri, UC Davis
    Deportations and Crime

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Research Insight: Detentions and Families

  • Caitlin Patler, UC Davis
    Detentions and Families

10:30 - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM –

12:30 PM

Immigrant Narratives: The “Humanizing Deportation” Project

  • Robert Irwin, UC Davis
  • José Israel Ibarra, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte,
     Cultural and Psychosocial Impacts of Deportation in Tijuana
  • Luis Rodolfo Morán QuirozEnrique Martínez Curiel,
    Universidad de Guadalajara 
    Cultural and Psychosocial Impacts of Deportation in Rural Jalisco
  • Maricruz Castro Ricalde, Tecnológico de Monterrey 
    Accommodations of Deported Migrants: Contributions from Civil Society, Mexico City
  • Abraham Paniagua Vázquez, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua 
    Accommodations of Deported Migrants: Contributions from Government Agencies, Ciudad Juárez

12:30 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 3:00 PM

Round Table: “Humanizing” Narratives and the Legal Reality Of Deportations

  • Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law
    UC Davis
  • Emma Sánchez, Michael J. Paulsen
    Dreamers’ Moms International
  • Krsna Avila, Staff­ attorney,
    Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco
  • Meena Visvanathan, Law Student
    UC Davis

3:00 - 4:00 PM



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