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Anti-detention and anti-deportation

When: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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

An expert panel of speakers from across Canada, USA and UK will reflect on the increasing entwining of migration and criminalisation and how they have countered such policies, practices and narratives in their respective contexts. They will review how interoperable databases and surveillance technologies are currently affecting marginalised and racialised urban residents. The panel will also reflect on the prospects of abolitionism as an organising frame and what opportunities and challenges there are to working with different levels of governance for progressive policies.


Chair: Peter Mancina, University of Oxford


Souheil Benslimane, Jail Accountability and Information Line, Canada

Angela Chan, Asian Americans Advancing Justice / Asian Law Caucus, USA

Sam Grant, Liberty, UK

Mac Scott, No One Is Illegal Toronto and Carranza Law, Canada

Peninah Wangari-Jones, Racial Justice Network, 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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