A Conversation on Borders, Migrants and Human Rights

    November 11, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    UA Honors dorm Arbor de la Vida
    515 N Tyndall Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85719


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. After intro by Professsor Victor Braitberg (Anthropology, Honors), the 18 students/faculty/community members listened to investigative journalist Margaret Regan speak of her work and 2 books on immigration and border issues, including detention facilities in Eloy and Florence. She outlined the problems detainees face: lack of medical treatment, poor detention conditions, family separation, sexual harassment/assault, fear of deportation. She also informed us about the immigration raid at Panda Express in Tucson where some “dreamers” were arrested, but three were able to attain documents & remain. Then Professor Leanne Weber spoke about criminalization of the immigration process, with coercive state practices (by Australian government, including detention off Australia in isolated Pacific Islands). She spoke about human smuggling, trafficking, slavery and punitive conditions of detention, the “convergence” of immigration and criminology. She observed the Operation Streamline in federal court in Tucson yesterday, and bemoaned the negative impacts of border control leading to suicides in detention, and border crossers’ deaths. More tonight at the panel discussion at South Side Presbyterian Church.

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