Experts to Gather at NYU School of Law for National Symposium Dedicated to Advancing the Rights of Latino Children in the U.S.

Experts to Gather at NYU School of Law for National Symposium Dedicated to Advancing the Rights of Latino Children in the U.S.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Conference, General

Experts to Gather at NYU School of Law for National Symposium Dedicated to Advancing the Rights of Latino Children in the U.S.

GritoBlast NYC! — Leading experts in law, public policy and human rights will gather at the New York University School of Law for a national symposium addressing civil rights issues impacting Latino children.

The symposium, entitled “The Latino Child and the Law,” is sponsored by the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at NYU School of Law’s Lipton Hall, located at 108 West 3rd Street in New York City.

“Latino children are increasingly the focus of our national immigration debate, and their access to education and fair treatment within the justice system are perennial policy questions,” says Linda Maria Wayner, executive director of the Latino Institute. “This collaborative event is an opportunity for advocates to broaden awareness and inspire action.”

The symposium will feature the following panels:

1. The Latino Child and Immigration Reform/Humanitarian Crisis

2. The Latino Child and Access to Quality Pre-K Through 12 Education

3. The Latino Child and Juvenile Justice Reform

4. Latino Children Speak Out: “No Conversations About Us Without Us”

Scheduled panelists and moderators include representatives from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), NYU School of Law, and Bickel & Brewer Storefront.

The event is the fourth symposium of the Latino Institute – an initiative to promote scholarship, research and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s Latino community.

Founded in 2005 by Bickel & Brewer and NYU School of Law, the Institute brings together practitioners, academics, scholars, activists, and law students to promote discussion of issues important to Latinos. Through research, community service, and a rigorous academic curriculum, the Institute educates and supports NYU law students as they enter into public service careers on behalf of Latino communities.

The Institute provides full scholarships to aspiring attorneys who want to use their careers to effect positive change in Latino communities. Upon graduation from law school or after the completion of a judicial clerkship, these “Bickel & Brewer Scholars” work for at least two years at an organization that serves the social and legal needs of the Latino community.

“Through this symposium, the Institute has created a national platform for the analysis of issues impacting the Latino community,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel & Brewer Storefront and a founder of the Institute. “This symposium supports the Institute’s mission to bring together legal advocates, opinion leaders and policymakers – those who are dedicated to the exchange of ideas and scholarship that can change the world.”

Scheduled participants include: Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner at New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Marisa Bono, Staff Attorney at MALDEF; Greg Brassfield, Associate, Bickel & Brewer; Lauren Burke, Founder and Executive Director of Atlas DIY; Andrew Crespo, Staff Attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; Roy Germano, documentary filmmaker; Gladis Molina, Children’s Initiative Director at the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project in Arizona; Gabrielle Prisco, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York; and Lisandra Fernandez Soto, Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights Legal Fellow at Advocates for Children of New York.

Registration is required to attend the event.