No Entry: A History of Exclusion in US Refugee Policy

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Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 241 CCAS Boardroom

Georgetown University

3700 O Street NW

Washington, DC 20057

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The Trump Administration's 'Muslim ban' is not the first time specific groups or nationalities have been blocked from entering the US, and this event seeks to challenge perceptions of the US as a welcoming space to refugees by looking at historical debates about refugee entrance and keeping people out -- Chinese Exclusion Act, Cold War, and post WW2 Jewish immigration.

6:00pm: Reception

6:30pm: Program Begins


Panelists:

1. Elzbieta Gozdziak, Research Professor at ISIM

Professor Elzbieta Gozdziak, was a political refugee from Poland when it was part of the Soviet bloc. Her research focuses on a range of topics including displacement of minors, human trafficking, and refugee resettlement

2. Noga Malkin, Middle East desk officer at IMC.

Noga has worked and written extensively on a range of issues related to refugee resettlement and humanitarian assistance. She is currently exploring the United States' earliest refugee legislation through her family's personal history in the aftermath of World War 2.

3. Sandy Dang, Executive Director of the Vietnam Education Foundation

Sandy came to the US as a child from Vietnam and will discuss Vietnamese resettlement and the Orderly Departure Program, a turning point in US immigraiton policy.

4. Sean Bland, JD, Associate at the O’Neill Institute

Sean's work centers on HIV/AIDS law and policy initiatives. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies from Yale University. He will discuss the US ban on immigrants who were HIV+

Discussant:

Marya Hannun, Doctoral Candidate Georgetown University

Our sincere thanks to each of our co-sponsors:

1. Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)
2. BMW Center for German and European Studies
3. Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
4. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding (ACMCU)
5. Mortara Center for International Studies
6. Doctoral Student Coalition
7. African Studies Program
8. No Lost Generation, GU (Undergraduate Student Group)

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Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 241 CCAS Boardroom

Georgetown University

3700 O Street NW

Washington, DC 20057

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