Friday, February 3, 2012


Date: February 10, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m–4:30 p.m.
Location: Valparaiso University Law – Wesemann Hall
Admission Cost: $100.00 for attorneys; $50.00 for governmental and non-profits, VU faculty, staff & students are free.

Children & Immigration: A Lost Generation?
According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrant children are the “lost generation” of the underground economy. While immigration reform has been a subject of intense political debate and controversial legislative action, the plight of undocumented children, many of whom have been raised in the United States, is largely overlooked. The purpose of the conference is to make visible the invisible plight of migrant children by focusing on how issues of immigration such as documentation, repatriation, asylum, trafficking, and exclusion from higher education, among others, differentially impact them.

CLE: This conference has be approved for 6 hours of CLE credit by the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Attorneys seeking CLE credit may self-report to the appropriate MCLE Board or Commission, and a Uniform Certification of Attendance form will be provided in Conference materials.


Developing the Substantive Best Interests of Child Migrants: A Call for Action
by Professor Andrew Schoenholtz, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown
Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown
Children are both highly visible and invisible as migrants. More and more is known about certain children who migrate, but very little is known about many others. The voice of the child is underappreciated yet desperately needed to understand the experience of migration and how best states, advocates, and practitioners should respond to these children’s journeys. Professor Schoenholtz contends that the current toolbox is inadequate to address the phenomenon of child migration, and he will push the conference participants to discuss and develop new tools—for law and policy makers, advocates, practitioners, and researchers.

Following Papers Presented By
Jacqueline Bhabha
Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Lecturer on Law Harvard Law School Executive Director, Committee on Human Rights Studies Harvard University
Evelyn Haydee Cruz
Clinical Professor of Law Director, Immigration Law & Policy Clinic Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Arizona State University
Alan Dettlaff
Assistant Professor Jane Addams College of Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago
Thoko Kaime
Lecturer in Law Deputy Director Environmental and Regulatory Research Group University of Surrey, UK
Yali Lincroft
Child Policy Consultant First Focus, Washington, D.C.
Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Northwestern University Law
David B. Thronson
Professor of Law College of Law Michigan State University
Bernard Trujillo
Professor of Law Valparaiso University Law
Maria Woltjen
Director, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago
Wendy Young
Executive Director Kids In Need of Defense Washington, D.C.

For information please contact Lorrie Hodge: phone: 219.465.7829 e-mail:

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