The forum focuses on the current immigration debate and the critical policy and identity issues at stake. From the legacy of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act to the impact of the current political climate and legislative battles – the speakers trace the key political and social impact of these developments in Northern Virginia.
Keynote: TOM GJELTEN “Our Great American Immigration Story.” Author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, published in 2015. Veteran correspondent for NPR News, specializing in national security and international affairs.
Sophia L. Gregg, Attorney, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center “Fighting for Immigrant Rights in an Era of Increased Enforcement”
Delegate Jennifer Barton Boysko, Virginia House of Delegates “Immigrants’ Rights Legislation Introduced at the 2018 Session of Virginia General Assembly”
Jonathan Smith, Director of Litigation, Muslim Advocates “Hate Crimes and the Rise of Islamophobia in the United States”
Allie Boldt, Counsel, DEMOS