Trust in Translation: The Story behind "Welcome to the New World", Naji Aldabaan, Jake Halpern, Mohammed Kadalah, and Professor Kishwar Rizvi

Based on the New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a new life in America, this acclaimed novel follows the Aldabaan family as they start a new life in Connecticut. Panelists in this event will examine the role of translation, both linguistic and cultural in the context of refugee resettlement.
Naji Aldabaan | Hall High School
Jake Halpern | New York Times
Mohammed Kadalah | Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Santa Clara University

Webinar: Defying Illegality: Organizing in and around Migrant Detention

Amidst ongoing debates about policing and mass incarceration, migrant detention centers have been focal points for mobilizations against the U.S. carceral regime. Through coordinated protest, testimonial acts, and hunger strikes, incarcerated migrants have drawn attention to systemic abuses in prisons, while defending their rights to belonging, family unification, and transnational mobility. Their actions revealed the ways that ICE used the COVID-19 pandemic to further repress prisoners.

PRFDHR Seminar: Outsourcing Otherness: Race and Belonging in the Morocco-EU Border - Dr. Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen

Studies on European countries “outsourcing” border enforcement and immigration control to neighboring states pose questions about how sovereignty travels beyond nation-state territories; how such transnational regimes are organized in line with market rationalities; and how liberal or humanitarian discourse often reinforces security regimes. Less explored is the relationship between European racial imaginaries, transnational border projects, and shifts in racial-social categories of belonging in neighboring countries.

COVID and the Global Order: Global Migration and Movement Across Borders

The Jackson Institute and the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges will co-host the discussion, “Global Migration and Movement Across Borders,” featuring: Monette Zard, Allan Rosenfield Associate Professor of Forced Migration and Health, Director of the Forced Migration and Health Program, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow, co-Founder, and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute.

PRFDHR Seminar: A Market for Work Permits - Professor Martin Ravallion

It will be politically difficult to liberalize international migration without protecting host-country workers. Professor Martin Ravallion explores in this work the scope for efficiently managing migration using a competitive market for work permits. Host-county workers would have the option of renting out their citizenship work permit for a period of their choice, while foreigners purchase time-bound work permits. Aggregate labor supply need not rise in the host country. However, total output would rise and workers would see enhanced social protection.

PRFDHR Seminar: Gang Rule: Understanding and Countering Criminal Governance - Professor Chris Blattman

Gangs rule millions worldwide. Professor Chris Blattman studies how gangs govern, why, and whether the state can reclaim dominance. He first interviews dozens of gang leaders and thousands of residents in Medellin, Colombia, documenting this clandestine world. They govern to preserve local monopoly rents, but also because the state is remote. To demonstrate, Professor Blattman first harness exogenous variation in exposure to the state across internal borders. Over the long run, places more distant from police and services increase gang rule.

PRFDHR Seminar: Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq

Can intergroup contact build social cohesion after war? Dr. Salma Mousa answers this question by randomly assigning Iraqi Christians displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to an all-Christian soccer team or to a team mixed with Muslims. She finds that the intervention improved behaviors toward Muslim peers: Christians with Muslim teammates were more likely to vote for a Muslim (not on their team) to receive a sportsmanship award, register for a mixed team next season, and train with Muslims six months after the intervention.

PRFDHR Seminar: Family-Based Mental Health Promotion for Somali Bantu and Bhutanese Refugees: Results of a Feasibility and Acceptability Trial - Professor Theresa Betancourt and Mr. Bhuwan Gautam

There are disparities in mental health of refugee youth compared with the general U.S. population. Professor Betancourt and Mr. Gautam will be presenting the results of a pilot feasibility and acceptability trial of the home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention for refugees (FSI-R) using a community-based participatory research approach. The FSI-R aims to promote youth mental health and family relationships. Together with their co-authors, Dr. Betancourt and Mr.

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