Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Camps in the 21st Century Americas

Camps in the 21st Century

Monday, December 5, 2022

8:30am – 5:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

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Marking the twentieth year of the detention camps at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo, Cuba, this symposium brings together scholars and activists whose work engages with a broad landscape of detention in the Americas today.

8:30-9:00 am:
Coffee and Welcome
9:00-10:30 am: "The camps are…little better than prisons”: Refugee Camps and Detention in the U.S. Imperial Archipelago - Jana Limpan, Tulane University
10:45-11:45 am:  Student Panel on Volunteer Work for Migrant Justice - Nell Salzman '22 and Chaelin Jung '23.
(boxed lunches will be available from 11:45am)
12:00-1:30pm: “Guantánamo's Travels: Empire, Imprisonment, Abolition” -A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois, Chicago
2:00-3:30 pm: “Representing Venezuelan Migrants in Massachusetts: The Class-Action Suit Against DeSantis,” -Iván Espinoza-Madrigal
4:00-5:30 pm: Panel on the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, with State Senator Jonathan Acosta and Jasmina de León Gill

Jana K. LipmanTulane University; author of Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (2009) and In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Repatriates (University of California Press, 2020)

A.Naomi PaikUniversity of Illinois, Chicago; author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (2016) and Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (2020)

Iván Espinosa-MadrigalExecutive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston

Jonathon Acosta (graduate student)

Nell Salzman: Nell Salzman is a recent graduate from Brown University where she studied Comparative Literature and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she’s currently an intern for UNICEF in New York, where she writes press releases and communications for a fund that helps refugees in emergencies and protracted crises have access to education. Prior to moving to New York, she spent her summer in Alaska working at a radio station in a small town at the base of Denali. Nell has done development work in Nicaragua and Ecuador, and translation work in ESL classrooms and with the Rhode Island Center for Justice. Last summer, she lived for ten weeks at a refugee shelter in El Paso, TX, where she conducted and transcribed over 100 interviews in Spanish. She is always looking for new ways to volunteer and write about important issues in her communities and is excited to be here. 

Chaelin JungChaelin Jung is a senior at Brown University double concentrating in Economics and International & Public Affairs. While most of her coursework and research have focused on health economics and social policy, she is passionate about migrant justice and has volunteered as a pro-bono asylum advocate at the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice since 2020. Currently, Chaelin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Undergraduate Law Review. After graduation, she will be attending Harvard Law School following a brief deferral period.