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Rising Above the Wall: Bronx DV Roundtable Immigration Symposium

  • Hostos Community College 450 Grand Concourse (main gym) Bronx, NY 10451 United States (map)

Bronx DV Roundtable Immigration Symposium

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse (main gym), Bronx, NY 10451

Tuesday, October 2, 2018



8:30 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am – 9:45 am: Opening Remarks

·        Cecile Noel, Commissioner of NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

·        New York Council Member Vanessa Gibson

·        New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca

·        David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Survivors & Borders

A panel discussion on the recent changes to asylum law and policy affecting survivors of intimate violence, what’s happening at the border with family separation, zero tolerance policies, Flores regulations, and the impacts on local communities in the Bronx.

·        Rebecca Press, Senior Staff Attorney, Central American Legal Assistance

·        Geoff Kagan-Trenchard, Staff Attorney, NYC Anti-Violence Project

·        Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

·        Tina Romero, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Rights Practice, The Legal Aid Society

·        Gregoria Flores, Director and Founder, Garifuna Community Services

·        Recent Asylee

·        Carolina Guiral Cuervo, Staff Attorney, Bronx Legal Services (moderator)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Whose Benefits?: Shifting Policies in the New Era

A panel discussion on what’s happening for those seeking affirmative immigration benefits from USCIS, VAWA Reauthorization, public benefits, and health insurance.

·        Carmen Maria Rey, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School

·        Anu Joshi, Immigration Policy Director, New York Immigration Coalition

·        Paula Arboleda, Deputy Director, Public Benefits & LGBTQ Units, Bronx Legal Services

·        Timothy Fallon, Senior Staff Attorney, Her Justice (moderator)

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Lunch & Networking

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: We Have a Voice

A panel discussion with Bronx community members harmed by intimate violence raising their voices on the impact and way forward regarding recent immigration policy shifts.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Closing Remarks

·        Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner, Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy, New York City Commission on Human Rights

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Later Event: January 31
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