Coronavirus Conversations: Immigration and the Pandemic

13may12:30 pm1:30 pmCoronavirus Conversations: Immigration and the Pandemic


Virtual Meeting


(Wednesday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Event Details

Wednesday May 13, 2020 12:30 PM (EDT), Zoom

This event is being co-sponsored by the Duke University School Of Law.

As the current coronavirus pandemic continues to spread through multiple, interconnected societies, U.S. immigration policy has become both a political and epidemiological question. Immigrant detention, asylum, and labor policies are now critical matters of public health as cases of COVID-19 accelerate in relation to immigration enforcement and low-wage employment. Additionally, the pandemic is taking place in a national context in which contemporary health, welfare, and immigration reforms increasingly exclude noncitizens. What does this policy environment mean for global efforts to contain the pandemic, and how might the U.S. best adapt its immigration approach to prioritize public health during this moment of crisis?

Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts to discuss how U.S. immigration policies relate to the coronavirus pandemic, the specific risks immigrants and immigrant communities may be facing during this time, and what kinds of policy changes may be necessary to reduce its public health impact.

Panelists :

Kate Evans, J.D. Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Duke University

Sabrineh Ardalan, J.D. Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Harvard University

Salvador G. Sarmiento, National Campaign Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)


Meredith Van Natta, Ph.D. Medical Sociologist and Postdoctoral Associate at the Science, Law & Policy (SLAP) Lab, Duke University


Co-Sponsored by The Duke University School Of Law


This virtual event series is open to the public. Press covering the coronavirus outbreak are welcome to attend. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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As we practice social distancing, engage in online learning, and work remotely we are burdened with questions about how this pandemic is affecting our lives, the lives of those we love, and the society we are a part of. Over the course of this event series faculty and staff from Duke Science and Society will join academics, lawmakers, students, researchers, doctors, and others to shed some light on the events happening around us and what life will start to look like moving forward.

We will have moderated, casual lunch-time discussions with brief Q&A held via Zoom chat.

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