Documented started its event series, Documented Talks, in 2021 to bring together the immigration community for conversations among experts on the most pertinent immigration topics. While access to live events are free to everyone, as a paying supporter, you can watch all of our previous events on-demand here:
February 2021: The First Days of Biden: The Impact on New York’s Immigration System
Advocates discussed what the first few weeks of the Biden administration have meant for the immigration system in New York. Read the recap here.
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March 2021: Immigrant Labor in New York Under the Pandemic
Documented hosted a panel discussion on March 31st to discuss how the pandemic has affected low-wage jobs and the City’s immigrant essential workers. Amir Khafagy, a freelance journalist who covers labor issues for Documented moderated the panel. He was joined by:
Nelson Mar, President of Local 318 Restaurant Workers Union, who represents workers from the infamous Jing Fong restaurant located in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Yolanda Zhang, an organizer with Ain’t I A Woman Campaign and the Flushing Workers Center.
Rosanna Aran of the Laundry Workers Center.
April 2021: The Future of Chinatown
Manhattan’s Chinatown has suffered immensely since the pandemic began a year ago. Business dried up overnight as the City began to shut down and then-president Donald Trump spread false ideas about the coronavirus and its connections to China. Residents lost work in droves. Now, we are in the midst of an unprecedented series of hate crimes against Asian New Yorkers across the City. For the third event in our series of online talks, Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for the Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily, discusses the events of the past year and will shed light on what the future holds for Chinatown residents as they grapple with the loss of employment, declining business and mounting rent debts, among many other issues.
Our three panelists were all New Yorkers involved in Chinatown affairs:
Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown BID
Joanne Kwong, president of Pearl River Mart
Yin Kong, founder of Think! Chinatown.
June 2021: Strategies for a Future Immigration System (audio only)
How do we build a more humane immigration system in the U.S.? In their new book, “Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future,” Ruth Milkman, Deepak Bhargava, Penny Lewis convened a group of scholars and activists to try to envision this new future. The contributors tackle different elements of the U.S. immigration system and outline elements of what a different future would look like. While there is bipartisan agreement that the current system is broken, the book lays the groundwork for a progressive path forward.
Documented partnered with the NYC chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network for this discussion on specific elements of this book. Investigative journalist Felipe De La Hoz moderated this event where the panelists were all authors of specific chapters:
Founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together, Amaha Kassa discusses the future of the U.S. refugee and asylum policies that were almost completely dismantled by the Trump administration.
Cardozo School of Law Professor Peter L. Markowitz discusses the future of the Abolish ICE movement and immigration enforcement.
Ruth Milkman discusses the myths about immigrants and immigration and suggests an alternative narrative.
July 2021: The Future of the Immigration Courts
The immigration courts were completely upended by the Trump administration, but what awaits them under this new administration? In this edition of Documented Talks, Immigration Judge Amiena Khan, President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, and Julia Preston, Contributing Writer at The Marshall Project, discussed the future of the immigration courts. They covered where the judge’s union stands in its decertification fight; what judges are hoping to see from this administration and what the lasting impacts of the past 4 years will be.
Hon. Amiena Khan: Judge Khan is the President of NAIJ. Judge Khan was appointed as a United States Immigration Judge in New York by Attorney General Eric Holder in December 2010. In her personal capacity, she is a member of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and is the Vice-Chair of the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Judge Khan is appearing in her capacity as President of NAIJ. Her views do not represent the official position of the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Her views represent her personal opinions, which were formed after extensive consultation with NAIJ membership.
Julia Preston: Julia Preston is a Contributing Writer at The Marshall Project. Preston previously worked for 21 years at The New York Times. She was the National Correspondent covering immigration from 2006 through 2016, and a correspondent in Mexico from 1995 through 2001, among other assignments. She is a 2020 winner of an Online Journalism Award for Explanatory Reporting, for a series by The Marshall Project on myths about immigration and crime. She was a member of the Times staff who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs, for a series on the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.
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