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Decent work for undocumented migrants

When: Friday, November 13, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online,, joining instructions will be sent to registered participant

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 from across Canada, Europe and the USA will reflect on their different campaigns and how they have advanced work place rights for workers with precarious status; what kinds of narratives work in different spheres to build solidarity among and between workers and how they have built popular and political consensus. The panel will also address what strategies they have used and the opportunities and challenges of working at local, municipal, regional, national and international scales.



Chair: Kathy Coll, University of San Francisco


Karen Cocq, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Canada

Don Flynn, previously Migrant Rights Network, UK

Liliana Keith, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migration (PICUM)

Elene Lam, Butterfly, Canada

Dolores Modern, Latin American Women's Rights Service, UK

Lisa Moore, Domestic Workers Alliance, USA

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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