DACA Roundtable Photo
Roundtable on DACA with CU students, staff, and faculty (November 16, 2017)
Photo - Daniel Kanstroom
Dan Kanstroom shares his new book Deportation World in the Citizenship and Equality Colloquium (October 12, 2017)
Colorado Law’s Immigration and Citizenship Law Program hosts two-day asylum training to encourage pro bono presentation with co-organizers RMIAN, International Rescue Committee, and AILA Asylum Committee on August 15-16, 2019. (Immigration attorney Christina Brown is the presenter in the attached photo)
Colorado Law’s Immigration and Citizenship Law Program hosts two-day asylum training to encourage pro bono presentation with co-organizers RMIAN, International Rescue Committee, and AILA Asylum Committee on August 15-16, 2019.

(Immigration attorney Christina Brown is the presenter)

Photo - Sarah Krakoff
Sarah Krakoff speaks about tribal sovereignty and the US-Mexico border in the Citizenship and Equality Colloquium (November 9, 2017)
Briefing on USCIS Backlog on Citiizenship and naturalization applications by Colorado Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights (Feb 22, 2019)
Briefing on USCIS Backlog on Citiizenship and naturalization applications by Colorado Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights (Feb 22, 2019)

The Immigration and Citizenship Law Program hosts events throughout the academic year, including:

  • The Citizenship and Equality Colloquium, which features nationally prominent guest speakers whose research focuses on the concept of citizenship
  • A works-in-progress series supporting Colorado immigration scholars and graduate students
  • Keynote lectures and roundtable discussions by immigration attorneys and scholars on contemporary policy issues
  • Quarterly pro bono citizenship and naturalization drives

To present research in the monthly Colorado Immigration Scholars' Mesa WIP series, please contact Rebecca Galemba, DU, or Fernando Riosmena, CU.

Spring 2020 

January 21, 2020. Mesa Works-In-Progress with Professor Christina Sue (12:30-2pm at University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Building 202). For a copy of the paper and to reserve lunch, contact Fernando Riosmena, CU.

January 28, 2020. Migrating to Prison (New Press 2019) Official Book Launch at DU Sturm Hall of Law (12 noon at DU Law room 1650). Contact Cesar Garcia Hernandez.

February 5, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Fernando Riosmena, Associate Professor of Geography and Associate Director of the CU Population Center, "Climate Migration at Height & End of the "Great Mexican Emigration Era"" (4:40-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For Professor Riosmena's paper, click here. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

February 6, 2020.  The Transnational Migration speaker series presents “But where are you from, from?” lessons for Critical Democracy from Transnational Youth (5:00-6:15 p.m., EDUC 334).  Dr. Thea Abu-El Haj will speak on transnational citizenship.  

February 7, 2020. A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Legal Profession. Join Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court and a panel of leading APA attorneys in Colorado for a discussion over lunch at the History Colorado Center 1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (12-2pm). Registration link here. For questions, contact Sumi Lee, APABA President and Kenneth Shiau, CU APALSA.

February 7, 2020. DU Law Review Symposium "Immigration Law in Shifting Times." 8-5pm. For more information, contact Elena Engel and Prof. Garcia-Hernandez.

February 12, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Kristen Carpenter, Council Tree Professor of Law and Director of CU Law's American Indian Law Program "Decolonizing Indigenous Migration" (4:40-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

February 19, 2020. CU Boulder DACA Roundtable: Professor Roberto Gonzales, Professor of Education (3-4pm, Wolf Law 330). Co-sponsored by CU Immigration and Citizenship Law Program and CU Sociology Department. Contact David Aragon

February 19, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Roberto Gonzales, Professor of Education "Lives Still in Limbo: DACA and Undocumented Students" (4:40-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For Professor Gonzales's paper, click here. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

February 26, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Carolina Nunez, Professor of Law "Illegitimacy 2.0" (4:30-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For Professor Nunez's paper, click here. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

March 4, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Rose Cuison-Villazor, Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar "Rejecting Citizenship" (4:30-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

March 11, 2020. CU Law Citizenship Colloquium: Professor Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science "Toward White Protectionist Citizenship?" (4:30-5:30, Wolf Law 306). Open to faculty, staff, and students. For more information, contact Professor Ming H. Chen.

August 15-16, 2019. Asylum Training (CLE credit available) at Colorado Law. Co-sponsored by ICLP. For more information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com or contact Megan Hall.

September 17, 2019. Citizenship Day panel discussion and release of USCCR Report on Voting Rights and Civil Rights Implications of the Naturalization Backlog. Wolf Law 204 (12-1pm). Lunch will be served. Contact Hunter Knapp. Sponsored by the Immigration Law and Policy Society.

September 19, 2019. Mesa works-in-progress series. Professor Jesse Acevedo, DU Political Science (12-1:30pm at DU Sturm Hall 286) presenting "Migrant Remittances and Support for Military Coups in Latin America." Lunch will be served. Contact Lisa Martinez to RSVP and to request the paper. Note: for those coming from off-campus, a limited number of parking permits are available.

September 25, 2019. Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World, will speak at DU's Crimmigration Law & Policy Series from 12-1pm at the University of Denver, Room 165. Lunch will be provided. Contact Cesar Garcia Hernandez.

September 27-28, 2019. Migrahack at the University of Denver. This event will be hosted in the Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290, starting at 10am on Friday, September 27th through 5pm the follow day. Contact Lisa Martinez or register here.

October 14, 2019Andrea Velasquez speaking on "Unintended Consequences of Immigration Enforcementat" CU Boulder Institute for Behavioral Science (12pm, IBS 155).

October 18, 2019. Aaron Bobrow-Strain will speak about his book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez at University of Colorado Boulder Latin American Studies Center (Guggenheim 205) at 3:30pm. Contact Joe Bryan.

October 21, 2019Gabrielle Oliveira, from Boston College, will join us for a talk from 5:00-6:30pm at the CU School of Education room 220. She is the author of Motherhood Across Borders, on Mexican transnational mothers. Co-sponsored by the CU Immigration and Citizenship Law Program. Contact Andrea Dyrness.

November 7, 2019. David Cook-Martin from CU Sociology presenting work-in-progress in CISN's Mesa Roundtable (12:30-1:45pm at University of Colorado Institute of Behavioral Science). Lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the CU Immigration and Citizenship Law Program. Contact Fernando Riosmena to RSVP and receive paper.

November 15, 2019. Ming Hsu Chen from CU Law presenting her book, Unequal Citizenship: Immigrants and Integration in the Enforcement Era, in CU Law Faculty Colloquium (12-1pm, Wolf Law 480).

November 15-16, 2019. CrossBorder art exhibit at CU Boulder (3:30-7pm) and Counterpath in Denver (6-9:30pm). Contact Edelina Burciaga.

November 16, 2019. Cesar Garcia Hernandez will be speaking at the TEDxMileHigh gathering about how the United States built the world’s largest immigration prison system—and how we can abolish it (Bellco Theater in Denver).

November 22, 2019. Colorado Scholars Strategy Network Op-ed Writing Training at DU Anderson Academic Commons (10-12pm, 12-2pm optional writing). Contact Edelina Burciaga for details or register here.

December 7, 2019. Cesar Garcia Hernandez will read from his book Migrating to Prison at BookBar in Denver, 7pm. Contact Cesar Garcia Hernandez.

January 31, 2019. Professor Edelina Burciaga presenting research at CU Boulder IBS 12:30-2pm. Please contact Fernando Riosmena for more details.

February 8, 2019. Professor Kathy Abrams, UC Berkeley presenting research in CU Law Faculty Colloquium Series. Please contact Ming Hsu Chen.

February 22. 2019. David Barillas Chon, DU presenting in Colorado Immigration Scholars/Mesa work-in-progress series 12-1:30pm at DU. Lunch served. Contact Rebecca Galemba to RSVP and receive paper.

February 22, 2019.  US Commission on Civil Rights Public Hearing on Citizenship and Naturalization.  CU Law will be hosting a public hearing on the backlog on naturalization applications for the Colorado Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights (10-6pm, Wittemeyer Courtroom). All are encouraged to attend the 10-3:15pm public testimony or speak at the 3:15-6pm open session.  The event will be livestreamed: https//cu.law/live. UPDATE: Video from the event is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdY3TM-NIE&feature=youtu.be.

March 4, 2019. Colorado Immigration Scholars/Mesa works-in-progress series 12-1pm at CU Law 480. Professor Ming H. Chen and Zachary New (JD Candidate 2019) presenting Sanctuary and Second Wall; click here to RSVP and receive paper. Note: Time frame adjusted for CU Law WIPs as co-sponsor.

March 4, 2019.  Colorado Immigration Scholars Network / Scholar Strategy Network Reception, 4:30-7:00 pm, CU Denver City Center, CU Denver Building, 1250 14th Street, Room 1110, Denver. For more information, contact Professor Edelina Burciaga. Eventbrite for Monday’s Social Hour: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-immigration-scholars-social-hour-with-ssn-and-cisn-tickets-56930574882

March 5, 2019.  "The Surge of Mass Incarceration Through Drug Policies and Immigrant Detention" panel discussion:  Wolf Law 207, Noon.  Panelists include: Art Way, Sr. Director, National Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and State Director, Colorado and Violeta Chapin, Associate Clinical Professor of Law.

March 22, 2019. "Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump" panel: 12–1:30 p.m. Panelists: Cristian Farías, Moderator, Editorial Writer, New York Times; Hamed Aleaziz, World Correspondent, BuzzFeed News; Monica Campbell, Senior Editor, Public Radio International’s The World; Pilar Marrero, Independent journalist and author.  Keynote by Dara Lind, Senior Reporter, Vox Media: 5 – 6:30 p.m. Both events Free / open to public; University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Room 290.  Co-sponsored by the Student Immigration Law Coalition.  (Lunch provided during panel discussion.)

April 5, 2019. Davis Hausman from ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, who worked on Trump v Hawaii, will be speaking at CU White Center's Annual Rothgerber Confernce on national injunctions (11:15 in CU Law courtroom). Registration free but required. https://www.colorado.edu/law/research/byron-white-center/rothgerber.

April 9-13, 2019. Conference on World Affairs at University of Colorado Boulder. Free and open to the public.

  • April 10. The New Age of DACA and Birthright Citizenship at CU Boulder University Memorial Center (UMC) 235 (10:30-12pm). Speakers: Ana Cabrera, Ming Hsu Chen, John Eastman, Miriam Jordan.
  • April 10Searching for A Better Life: Stories of Migrants, Refugees, and Immigrants. Boulder Public LIbrary Canyon Theater (4:30-5:30pm). Maya Averbuch, Deliana Garcia, Nancy Janus, Miriam Jordan.
  • April 11. Global Migration and Crimes Against Humanity at CU Boulder UMC 235 (1:30-2:40pm). Maya Averbuch, Deliana Garcia, Andrea Gittleman, Steven Rubin, Marcelle M. Wahba.
  • April 12. Immigration Policies’ Impact on U.S. Industries at Hellems 252 (9-10:10am). Jon Haveman, Peter Rupert Lighte, Reza Ramazani.
  • April 12. Xenophobia: History and Hysteria at UMC 235 (3-4:10pm). Joe Cirincione, Nadia Firozvi, Miriam Jordan, Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. 
  • April 13. A Big Beautiful Wall. CU Boulder University Memorial Center Ballroom (1:30-2:40pm). Maya Averbuch, John Eastman, Nadia Firozvi, Reza Ramazani, Deborah Koff-Chapin.

April 15, 2019.  Plyler’s History and the On-going Struggle to Support Undocumented Students in Public Schools. Professor Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA Law School and MALDEF attorney Peter Roos (formerly lead counsel in Plyler) speaking on Plyler v. Doe at CU Law 307 (12-1pm). Moderator: Roudy Hildreth, CU Education School. Contact roudy.hildreth@colorado.edu for questions.

April 15, 2019.  Undocumented Students In American Schools: Now what? Phil Weiser (Colorado State Attorney General), Pete Roos (Former MALDEF National Director of Education Litigation), Ming Hsu Chen (CU Law). Moderator: Violeta Chapin, CU Law School. 5:30 Wittemyer Courtroom. Reception to follow. Contact violeta.chapin@colorado.edu for questions.

April 16, 2019. "Upending Local Immigration Imprisonment: Immigration Detainer Challenges" speakers: Kate Evans, Assoc. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Idaho; Christopher Lasch, Prof. of Law, Univ. of Denver; and Mark Silverstein, Legal Director, ACLU Colorado. Event Free / open to public; Lunch provided. CLE credit (pending). 12-1 pm, Room 155, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Co-sponsored by the Student Immigration Law Coalition. 

April 26, 2019. Professor Jesse Acevedo, DU Political Science presenting in Colorado Immigration Scholars/Mesa works-in-progress series 12-1:30pm. Lunch served. Contact Rebecca Galemba. UPDATE: Rescheduled to Fall 2019.

September 2018

September 4 (noon). Immigration Law and Policy Society welcome back event for CU Law students. Lunch will be served. Location TBD. Contact ILPS President Zak New.

September 17 (noon). “From Family Detention to Family Separation and Back” panel presentation featuring immigration attorneys at the Texas border (Denver University Sturm College of Law, room 165).  Speakers will be: Efrén Olivares, Director of Racial and Economic Justice at Texas Civil Rights Project; Carlos M. García, Partner, García & García Attorneys at Law; and Anita Maddali Ortiz, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University Law School.  Moderated and hosted by Prof. Cesar Garcia Hernandez, University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Livestream crimmigration.com.

September 22. AILA Naturalization Drive at the Justice For All Center (2525 W. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80219). 8:30 am volunteer training, with sign-ups from 9am to 1:00 pm; 11:00 am - 3:30 pm. Volunteer sign up here: http://bit.ly/citizenshipvolunteersseptember

October 2018

October 2.  Immigration Policy Town Hall, co-sponsored by ILPS and other student groups. Fleming Law Building, Room 156, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Speakers:  Senator Matt Jones; House Majority Leader K.C. Becker; Representative Jonathan Singer; Nikhil Mankekar, Chair of the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission; Laurel Herndon, Executive Director, Managing Attorney Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County; Erika Blum, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition; and Juan Juarex, Northern Colorado Immigrants United.  Contact:  Ryan Thompson.

October 5. We will also be hosting with LLSA the IACHR vigil that will honor the lives of those who disappeared or died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the families who continue to search for answers about their whereabouts.12pm law school courtyard. 

October 9. Book reading by Helen Thorpe, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship and Hope in an American Classroom.  Location:  Chautauqua Community House at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets online ($12).

October 10.  Violeta Chapin, CU Clinical Professor of Law, will discuss Immigrants in America at the Museum of Boulder. Doors open: 5:30pm. Event begins: 5:45pm.  Tickets Available Online and at the door: $10 Museum Members | $15 General Admission.

October 12.  AILA Colorado Chapter Conference at Denver University Sturm College of Law. Registration online. Contact Prof. Cesar Garcia Hernandez.

October 18.  Ming Chen, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law, will address Constructing Citizenship for Non-Citizens as part of the CU Institute of Behavioral Science seminar series.  Location: CU Boulder IBS 155B, 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Colorado Immigration Scholars' Network Mesa works-in-progress series. Contact Prof. Fernando Riosmena.

October 19. Catherine Bowman, CU Boulder, will present J-1 Summer Work Travel Program in the Context of the Fissured Workplace as part of the Colorado Immigration Scholars' Mesa works-in-progress series (12-1:30 at DU Korbel Latin American Center); Jessica Garick will be responding. Contact Prof. Rebecca Galemba.

October 26-27. Migrant Illegality across Uneven Legal Geographies - the second part in a two-part symposium that seeks to bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine how illegality is experienced across geographic contexts for undocumented immigrant communities, at Brown University. Contact Prof. Edelina Burciaga.

October 30.  Efforts to Resist Immigration Detention will be discussed during a Crimmigration Law & Policy Event at the Denver University Sturm College of Law.  Laura Lunn, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, will discuss representation of families and mentally ill individuals; Elizabeth Jordan, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, will share her advocacy on behalf of physically disabled people; and Brandt Milstein, Milstein Law Office, will address a pending forced labor challenge to an Aurora private prison’s standard operations.  Location:  DU Sturm College of Law, Room 125, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm; Free and Open to the Public; lunch will be provided.  Contact Prof. César García Hernández.

November 2018

November 5-6Colorado Scholars Strategy Network Conference on Immigration and Public Health at CU Denver/Denver University. Contact Profs. Whitney Duncan, Rebecca Galemba, Sarah Horton.

November 9. Mesa works-in-progress series from 12-1:30 at DU Sturm College of Law Room 499 (CU Denver Professor Edelina Burciaga presenting “Communal (il)legality: Undocumented young adults navigating belonging in Atlanta, Georgia"; response from Bertha Bermudez Tapia). Contact Prof. Cesar Garcia Hernandez for details.

November 13-142018 Diversity & Inclusion Summit, UMC The theme of this year's University of Colorado Summit is "Intent vs. Impact: Improving Inclusive Interactions."  The two-day program offers varied and exciting topics, including a DACA and ASSET panel on Wed 11/14 (UMC Room 415, 10:00 - 11:15 am) featuring CU Professors Ming Hsu Chen and Edelina Burciaga, Vice Chancellor David Aragon and representatives from CU Denver and CU Colorado Springs.  Check out the full Diversity & Inclusion Summit Program here.  

November 15.   Private Immigration Practice in the Trump Administration, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm, Room 305, the Immigration Law & Policy Society will be holding a panel event where local private immigration practitioners will discuss how immigration practice has changed since the beginning of the Trump Administration. Lunch will be provided!

November 16.  Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is hosting a Commenting Parting:  FAC, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Schaden Commons Cafe.  Please join ILPS, APALSA, BLSA, NALSA, OUTLaw, and the Juvenile and Family Law Club to comment on a rule recently proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (food and alcohol provided).

December 2018

December 6 Roundtable on Pathways to Citizenship at CU Law (Wolf Law 480, 12-1pm). Confirmed speakers: Edelina Burciaga, CU Denver; Cesar Garcia Hernandez, Denver University Law; Kevin Johnson, UC Davis Law; Lisa Martinez, Denver University Sociology; Cecilia Menjivar, Kansas University Sociology. Moderator: Professors John Griffin and Ming Hsu Chen, University of Colorado. Register here by Dec 4 to reserve a lunch; otherwise, feel welcome to join without RSVP.

December 14. Mesa works-in-progress series from 12-1:30 at CU Boulder (Wolf Law 480). Bertha Bermudez Tapia, CU Boulder presenting Where is home?: A study of migrant shelters in a context of border violence and deportation; Rebecca Galemba responding. Please RSVP to Prof. Ming H. Chen for paper and event details by Dec 10.

February 21, 2018

Please join the Immigration Law and Policy Society in room 300 with a discussion on the current state of DACA, where it is expected to go from here, and how you can help! We have Natalie Petrucci and Yazmin Torres joining us from RMIAN and lunch will be provided!

March 1, 2018

ILPS is hosting a networking happy hour at Rayback Collective around 5:15 pm.Please join us to get to know others interested in immigration law and meet some professionals in the field. All are welcome. 

April 5, 2018

Defending Ethnic Studies. Robert Chang, Executive Director Korematsu Center and Professor of Law at Seattle University and Richard Martinez will share their victory in a lawsuit defending ethnic studies in Tucson, Arizona against HB 2281. Lunch will be served in Wolf Law 204 at noon. 

April 6, 2018

Emily Ryo, USC Law School presenting paper "Representing Immigrants" in faculty colloquium series at noon.

Migrant Illegality Across Uneven Legal Geographies Conference at CU Denver. Contact Edelina Burciaga for more information.

Citizenship and Equality Colloquium

The Citizenship and Equality Colloquium features nationally prominent guest speakers whose research focuses on the concept of citizenship. Substantively, the series connects immigration with studies of race, international human rights, gender, criminality and many others. Methodologically, the series spans law, political science, sociology, and history. The public lectures are connected with a law school seminar class.

November 16, 2017

DACA Roundtable with Tom Wong and faculty, administrators, and students from CU Boulder, CU Denver, and University of Denver