Sanctuary & Solidarity: Resisting the U.S. War on Refugees and Migrants

Friday, August 28
12 – 1:30 pm

This convening brings together critical legal scholars, immigration attorneys, Indigenous leaders, and anti-deportation activists to offer analysis of the crisis imposed on refugees at the U.S. Mexico border and the human rights violations at ICE detention facilities. Centering Indigenous and migrant-led mobilizations against U.S. border imperialism on stolen land, it foregrounds pro bono assistance, accompaniment, shelter provision, and detention resistance in solidarity with asylum seekers as sanctuary practices that prefigure decolonial and abolitionist possibilities.

  • Jennifer M. Chacón, Professor of Law and Critical Race Studies, UCLA School of Law
  • Nicole Elizabeth Ramos, Director, Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado
  • Brendan Cassidy, Member of Detention Resistance
  • Hope Angelique Alvarado (Dine' and Mescalero Apache), The Red Nation Tiwa Territory (ABQ) Freedom Council Chair and the Co-Chair for the Beyond Borders
  • Juan B. Mancias, Chairman of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas

Moderated by
Veronika Zablotsky, Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy


  • UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration
  • American Indian Studies Center at UCLA
  • The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings

Part of The Sawyer Seminar Sanctuary Spaces: Reworlding Humanism


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