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Access to health for undocumented migrants

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online,, joining instructions will be sent to registered participants.

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series.

Please note: start time and end time stated is in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

About the event

The expert panel which includes, doctors, health professionals, activists and policy analysts will address how they have engaged with advancing healthcare access for those without full immigration status across their different contexts. They will reflect on what narratives they have found successful in these campaigns and how they have built political and public consensus. They will also discuss how we can counter interoperable databases that turn healthcare into a site of border control and the opportunities and challenges of working at the local and city level to advance progressive health policies.



Chair: Nico Delvino, Oxford University


Nadjla Banai, South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Co-chair Network for Uninsured , Canada

Michele LeVoy, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migration (PICUM)

Laura Melgarejo, PODER, USA

Jess Potter, Docs not Cops, UK

Aliya Yule, Patients not Passports, UK

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series

Sanctuary: What next? will take stock and reinvigorate urban strategies of resistance to anti-migrant policies. Speakers include leading activists, advocates, NGOs, frontline workers and municipal officials across pioneering sanctuary cities in the USA, Canada, and UK.

The seminars will ask: what strategies of resistance and solidarities have developed in cities? How can we build stronger coalitions within and between cities? How are new forms of governance posing new challenges to non-citizens and solidarity with them – from the criminalization to the enclosure of public space and widespread surveillance? And what does – or could – the future look like for cities in this rapidly shifting moment?


Organising committee

Tihe series is convened by Dr Rachel Humphris (Queen Mary University of London), Graham Hudson (Ryerson University) and Kathy Coll (University of San Francisco). It is part of the project 'Welcoming Cities? Understanding Sanctuary in Securitized States' funded by The Leverhulme Trust, UK.

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