Valuing Our Undocumented Heritage: Stories from the Margins Past & Present

Monday, April 18th from 6 to 8 PM

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Rooms 9205 & 9206
New York, NY 10016

Event Description:
This live storytelling event offers a historical perspective on immigration reform told firsthand by formerly undocumented New Yorkers, as well as expert commentary on the historical roots of immigration policy.

Stories told by recipients of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) will link past and present and speak to the conditions that undocumented Americans face today. Through sharing and connecting these stories, we will create a fuller picture of whose contributions are valued in our society and celebrate the social, cultural and civic contributions of current and formerly undocumented residents to New York City.

The event will include a screening of a short video from Documented cIRCA ’86: Immigration Reform Turns Thirty, a multimedia oral history and public engagement project that celebrates the lives and accomplishments of immigrants who were offered a pathway to legalization through the 1986 IRCA program.

Panelists include:
Stedroy Cleghorne, IRCA recipient, Visual Artist & Professor, FIT
Mouhamed Kaba, West African DACAmented New Yorker
Azadeh Khalili, IRCA recipient, Executive Director of NYC Mayor’s Commission on Gender Equity
Peter Kwong, Distinguished Professor, Urban Affairs & Planning, Hunter College

Co-sponsored by:
Documented cIRCA 86: Immigration Reform Turns Thirty * Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs * CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies * NYC Department of Records and Information Services * Make the Road NY * New York Immigration Coalition