Immigrant Rights, American Values & Global Citizenship

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1100

On Thursday, April 15, Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas will present Immigrant Rights, American Values & Global Citizenship. In his lecture and multimedia presentation he reflects on the Postville experience and its implications for immigrant rights, American values, and global citizenship. He deconstructs the immigration enforcement agenda in the post-9/11 political order and offers an insider’s perspective into the decline of constitutional guarantees in what he calls “a dark period in American history.”

Erik Camayd-Freixas is a professor of Hispanic Studies at Florida International University and Harvard-trained communications analyst, literary critic, social theorist, and expert in forensic linguistics for federal and state courts. Dr. Camayd served as a federal interpreter at the court hearings following the largest immigration raid in U.S. history at Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008. His report to Congress denouncing the violations of due process and the criminalization of immigrant workers made international headlines, bolstering arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court and spurring the current debate on the tradeoff between national security and democratic values. He has received human rights awards by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, and the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The lecture and presentation are sponsored by FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center, Modern Languages, College of Law, and Labor Studies Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please call 305-348-2894... Click here for flyer