2014 Law Summit - Carolina Rizzo

April 8, 2014
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Senate Visitor Center – Room SVC 208

"Addressing the Detention System as a Step Towards Meaningful Immigration Reform"

Moderated by CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Carolina Rizzo

2014 Law Graduate Summit White Paper - Carolina Rizzo

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, most Americans—regardless of their political affiliation—agree that the immigration system should be reformed. However, there is no consensus as to the magnitude of the change needed or the key features that a functional immigration system should include. One of the issues that immigration reform should to address is the current detention policy employed by the United States. Immigration detention has become the fastest growing detention system in the United States with deportations reaching record levels of approximately 400,000 per year. This summit will bring together experts who can discuss, and offer solutions to current issues in the immigration detention system, including detention conditions, spending on immigration detention and the DHS detention bed quota, Alternatives to Detention programs, and the use of detention as a primary tool for immigration law enforcement.

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, U.S. House of Representatives


Rep. Ted Deutch, U.S. House of Representatives

Madhu Grewal, Policy Counsel, Detention Watch Network (DWN)

Jose Magaña-Salgado, Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

The 2014 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.