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Immigrant Rights as Human Rights: A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

March 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Populist nationalism and racist xenophobia are on the rise worldwide, and immigration policies reflect these trends. Borders are sites of frequent and extreme violations of human rights. Where are the pressure points when working to protect, defend and promote the human rights of migrants today? What role is there for international human rights law and institutions in addressing abusive immigration practices in the United States? Join us for a conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur, Felipe González Morales, about contemporary topics in migration, with an emphasis on examining U.S. immigration policy through a human rights lens.

About Felipe González Morales

Felipe González Morales is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. He is Professor of International Law at the Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile, where he is also the Director of a Master in International Human Rights Law. He was a Commissioner and the Rapporteur on Migrants between 2008 and 2015 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where he was President between 2010-2011. Professor González teaches International Human Rights Law since 2003 at several postgraduate programs at the University Carlos III in Madrid, as well as in several other universities in Spain. Since 2001, he teaches at the American University Human Rights Academy in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and was the first Director of the Center for Human Rights at the Diego Portales University. He is also the founder and was the first Director of a Latin American Network of Human Rights Legal Clinics. Professor González holds a Doctorate and a Master in Advanced Human Rights from University Carlos III and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.


March 1, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Location: Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012 United States
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