Family Separations At the Border RECORDED)

Family Separations At the Border RECORDED)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Speakers: Beatriz Cantelmo, Ronette Kawakami, Andres Tobar, & Joshua Wisch

Family Separations at the Border: What's Happened, What's Happening, and What Happens Next

This program is a recording of the Live Seminar held on November 28, 2018. 
If you attended the live program; You cannot claim CLE for watching this recorded program.  

Since earlier this year the United States government has been separating families who seek asylum in the US by crossing the border illegally. Parents have been split from their children, the children labeled “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government custody or foster care, the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit earlier this year to stop family separation and to require the immediate reunion of all separated children and parents. On June 29, a federal judge issued a national injunction in that class-action lawsuit, requiring the reunification of thousands.

But according to recent reports, the Trump administration has separated more families at the US-Mexico border than it has previously admitted — including untold numbers that were never officially counted as “separations” because Border Patrol agents claimed the people they were separating weren’t actually families.

This CLE will discuss how we got here, how some of the issues have been litigated, and what’s coming next. The speakers will include:

  • Joshua Wisch, Executive Director of the ACLU of Hawai'i
  • Ronette Kawakami, Associate Dean for Student Services at the William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Beatriz Cantelmo, Chair of the Amnesty International Hawai'i Chapter
  • Andres Tobar, 3L at the William S. Richardson School of Law

Beatriz Cantelmois
the chair of Amnesty International Hawaii Chapter and a legal researcher with the Cary Virtue Law Office. She is a servant leader whose life legacy is to serve as a bridge and to support a more equitable, compassionate and humane society- one community at a time. She has served as Chair of Amnesty International Hawaii Chapter since 2015. She is also a Legal Researcher at Cary Virtue Law office, where she provides legal research and case preparation assistance for trials and court proceedings pertaining to private, State and Federal court appointed criminal defense cases. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Community Program of University of Wisconsin Madison and holds a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bea is a Brazilian and an Italian National. 

Ronette Kawakami is Associate Dean for Student Services, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai?i at Manoa, and an alumna, ?85. “Dean K” is a former Deputy Public Defender, and served as both a trial attorney and supervisor of the appellate and felony trial divisions. She is also a former Director and Secretary for the Hawai?i State Bar Association, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Hawai?i Judicial Selection Commission. 

Andres Tobar
 is a third-year law student at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai?i at Manoa, and is currently on the Jessup Moot Court team. He worked with ACLU Hawai?i as a recipient of the Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) his 1L year, and then for international human rights work in Argentina his 2L year as a Sam L. Cohen Fellow. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Anthropology and Rhetoric.

Joshua Wisch is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i and has over fifteen years of cross-sector experience in Hawai‘i, including serving in multiple leadership roles in state and federal government, nonprofits, political campaigns, and as a private-sector attorney. Josh earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives on Oahu with his wife, Malia.

Duration: approximately 1 hour

Credit: This seminar qualifies for 1 CLE Credit. 
Cost: $50

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