4th Annual Childhood Studies LectureThe Childhood Studies Department of Rutgers University–Camden is pleased to announce its Annual Lecture, delivered this year by Dr. Susan Terrio, Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University and the author of “Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody” (UC Press, 2015). 

Dr. Terrio’s talk, “Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, undocumented children in U.S. Immigration Custody,” will take place on Tuesday March 8 at  4:30 pm, with reception at 6 pm, in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Campus Center at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

The faculty, students and staff of Childhood Studies cordially invite you to attend this exciting event.  Both lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The media coverage of the surge of young children and families from Central America and Mexico to the US that began in 2012 and the U.S. government’s response to the crisis have created a number of powerful myths. Who are these children and families? Why are they coming to the US? What happens to them after they are apprehended by immigration authorities and put into deportation proceedings? How do states manage ongoing humanitarian crises? In 2015, family detention facilities have been the subject of intense public and media scrutiny amid repeated allegations of unsafe conditions, mistreatment of children and parents, denial of access to volunteer attorneys, and deliberate misinformation about release. In contrast, much less is known about the workings of a labyrinthine detention system for unaccompanied, undocumented children- those who are under eighteen years of age and without a parent or guardian in the US able and willing to provide care.  This lecture confronts and dispels these myths.

The event flyer can be downloaded for distribution here (PDF file).

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Date & Time
March 8, 2016
4:30 pm-8:00 pm

Admission Information
Both lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Joann Schroeder