CSUB Pre-Law and KIE Host Panel on Immigration and Detention

The Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE) and CSUB Pre-Law Society at California State University, Bakersfield are hosting an expert panel and community conversation on immigration at the U.S. - Mexico Border and practices of family detention. The event, titled “Immigration Behind Bars: Activist, Legal, and Education Perspectives,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library.

“The Central Valley and Kern County are greatly impacted by the issue of immigrant detention, this panel discusses three key areas of this policy: the legal elements, education, and activism. It is our goal to gain clarity on the issue of detention and its impact on those in custody and our local community overall,” said Political Science Professor, Dr. Jeanine Kraybill.

Both the local community and nation continue to debate issues of immigration, detention, and family separation, as refugees enter the United States seeking asylum, economic opportunity, and safety. Kern County feels this impact intimately, as it is home to the Mesa Verde Detention Facility, an Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) processing center.

“Immigration Behind Bars” is dedicated to informing our community and engaging in respectful discussion on the activist, legal, and education impacts of immigrant and refugee detention, including the experiences of detainees in Kern County. To facilitate this, the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Pre-Law Society will host a panel of local activists, volunteers, attorneys, and scholars to help educate the community on this important issue.

The panelists include:

  • Jeannie Parent, Professor of English for Multilingual Students, Coordinator of KWESI, Bakersfield College

  • Adam Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Director of Liberal Studies Program, California State University, Bakersfield

  • Ambar Tovar, Directing Attorney, Removal Defense Project, UFW Foundation

    This event is co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health Bakersfield, the Kegley Family, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, CSUB’s Office of the Provost, the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy, and the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Burroughs at (661) 654-3578 or mburroughs1@csub.edu or Dr. Jeanine Kraybill at (661) 654-6344.

    This event is free and open to the public. Exempt parking will be provided in lots D, M, and K1.

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