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Why We Vote: Immigration Law & Enforcement

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Why We Vote: Immigration Law and Enforcement
An Information Session and Discussion Panel of Local, State, and National Laws

Wednesday | 10/24 | 6:30-8PM | Manny Cantor Center 6th floor
Doors open at 6:15 | Wine and Light Refreshments Will Be Served

Manny Cantor Center is partnering with The America 101 Project to #MobilizeTheLES and encourage our community to learn about local and national issues, get active, and vote this fall. Introducing WHY WE VOTE: a series of events tackling the local, state, and national laws that affect our lives and communities. We invite you to join us for a lively information session and discussion panel with issue experts and local leadership. Our second installment will tackle immigration law and enforcement.

Our panelists will include:

Nicol M. Valdez | Nicol is a PhD candidate in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld fellow at Columbia University. Her primary focus centers around American stratification, immigration and poverty, with an emphasis on undocumented status. She received her BA in Sociology and International Studies (with a minor in Women and Gender Studies) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nicol is currently working on a book project entitled: The Elusive Dream: (Mexican) Americans and the Failed Promise of America. The book draws on her dissertation research, and sets out to better understand what it means to be a Mexican America family, documented and undocumented, in the United States. For a year and a half she lived among and interviewed families in the urban center of New York and the suburbs of North Carolina. Her other research projects explore second-generation outcomes across both Hispanic and Asian immigrant groups, with an emphasis on gender differences. Her work has appeared in the American Sociological Review and International Migration Review.

Kendal Nystedt | Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Kendal came of political consciousness while the federal government was militarizing the Tucson sector of the U.S.-Mexico border and Arizona was targeting its own Latinx and immigrant communities at the polls, in institutions of higher education, at public benefits offices, workplaces, jails, and on the streets. As a result, she is committed to serving the immigrant-led movement to build power.

Kendal graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. While in law school, she developed tools through internships at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and Make the Road New York (“MRNY”), as well as two years as a student advocate in NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. After graduating, Kendal joined the inaugural class of the Immigrant Justice Corps. Now, as a Staff Attorney at MRNY, she pursues her passion for immigrants’ rights work in a space where members, organizers, educators, and lawyers collaborate to win. She also supports the organization through community education, policy, legislative, and action support work.

Sarah M. M. Duckham | Sarah is a shareholder with Trow & Rahal in Washington, DC. She has been practicing immigration law since 2000, with a focus on business immigration and citizenship law. She is a leader within the firm on matters concerning labor certification/PERM, and manages the firm’s Compliance Practice. In addition to her work with employers to obtain temporary work visas and green cards for its foreign workforce, she focuses her practice heavily on citizenship and naturalization matters.

Sarah is recognized by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served as site coordinator and volunteer as part of AILA’s annual naturalization day, a program providing free services to individuals seeking naturalization.

Elizabeth Vilchis | Elizabeth is an engineer, entrepreneur, and immigration activist. She graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York. Elizabeth brings over ten years of experience in successful initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, engineering, and technology.

She also played a critical role in actualizing a technology startup, taking it from an idea to a company backed by over $2 million in venture capital funds in less than a year. To date, the company has employed over 900 part-time workers. Most recently, she worked for Samsung’s international innovation and investments team that funds early-stage technology companies in New York City, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Berlin. Elizabeth currently serves as C.E.O. of latinoTech, a non-profit that supports Latinx founders' access to venture capital.

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