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Event to Tackle Tough Challenges Facing US Immigration Detention System

Event Details

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 8:00am

Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman
Austin, TX 78712

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the first daylong public event in the Human Rights First “Dialogues on Detention System” series on Sept. 12. The event will be the first of four national dialogues designed to tackle tough challenges facing the US immigration system.

The event will convene national experts in immigration detention and criminal justice and corrections, including academics, elected leaders, government officials, attorneys, advocates and those who have experienced first-hand life within the US immigration detention system.


    Panel topics include alternatives to detention, civil detention, oversight and accountability, and finding effective counsel from jail. Expert panelists include:
  • Representative Jerry Madden, Chairman of the Texas House Corrections Committee
  • Steve J. Martin, former General Counsel of the Texas prison system
  • Ana Yanez-Correa, Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Brandon Wood, incoming Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards
  • Dr. Dora Schriro, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction
  • Kevin Landy, Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning
  • Michele Deitch, Senior Lecturer on criminal justice policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Barbara Hines, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Co-Director, Immigration Law Clinic


The Dialogue Series seeks to help re-shape the national conversation on immigration detention, build alliances among stakeholders, and lay the groundwork for future improvements in policy and practice.

The Dialogue Series will include future events in California, Arizona and Louisiana and is designed to culminate with a set of recommendations to guide the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) based on best practices and lessons learned from across the country.

The event is co-sponsored by Human Rights First, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit:

The event will take place between 8 and 5:15 pm at the Thompson Conference Center located on The University of Texas at Austin Campus.