Dreams Turned to Nightmares: the U.S. Immigration System, Youth, and Families


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


Diversity Week 2019Last summer, Connecticut Legal Services (“CLS”) and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (“WIRAC”) at Yale Law School successfully won release and re-unification for two immigrant children, JSR and VFB, who were detained in Connecticut and forcibly separated from their parents after they came to the United States seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden was the first in the country to hold that the government’s conduct inflicted deep trauma and violated the children's due process rights. While this was a victory, thousands of children continue to be separated from their families, and detained today. 

Co-hosted by the International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”), this panel will feature immigration attorneys and advocates who help youth and families navigate the immigration system. They will discuss the trends in litigation, advocacy, and policy regarding family separation, unaccompanied minors, child detention, and undocumented youth. Lunch will be served.

Speakers will include:

  • [Moderator] Jon Bauer, Clinical Professor of Law in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights.
  • Valeria Gomez, William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic.
  • Joanne Lewis, Managing Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services
  • Tess Reagan, Immigration Attorney, Greater Hartford Legal 
  • Lucas Codognolla, Executive Director, CT Students for a Dream

UConn Law is pleased to host this event as part of the 9th Annual UConn Law Diversity Week. Information on UConn Law Diversity Week and the entire schedule of events can be accessed on the UConn Law Diversity Week page.


Zeynep Aydogan
Outreach Coordinator, Diversity Committee


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.