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Panel Discussion on Central American Migration Stories: Diverse Perspectives on Causes and Consequences
Wednesday, October 24, 20183:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Panel Participants:

Noelle Brigden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University, where she teaches courses on international relations, human security, and migration. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and held a 2013-2014 postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute for International Studies. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Geopolitics, Migration Studies, Antipode, Mobilities and the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.  Her book manuscript, The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America (forthcoming with Cornell University Press), explores the violence that confronts Central American migrants in passage across Mexico, and the implications of their survival strategies for the nation-state. Her ongoing research compares and contrasts the social imagination of multiple borders, including boundaries imposed by nation-states, street gangs and gated communities, in urban El Salvador, and their implications for citizenship.

Davorin J. Odrcic is an immigration lawyer based in Milwaukee with a focus on deportation defense and post-conviction relief for non-citizens. He is the author of The Immigration Consequences of Wisconsin Criminal Offenses, which is published through the State Bar of Wisconsin. Davorin has been selected in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers® in the field of immigration law. In 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice conferred the Distinguished Public Service Award on Davorin regarding his pro bono legal service for the family members of the victims of the violence at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Melanie Schikore, Executive Director, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants has utilized art, advocacy, and academia to work in the margins with people impacted by im(migration) in the U.S. and abroad since the 1990s.  Her doctoral research with Mexican migrant workers and families in the Chicagoland thoroughbred racing industry supported efforts to improve conditions for workers. Through the Steans Center at DePaul University she is currently collaborating on research that explores the intersections of faith, immigration, and justice. She has been involved with ICDI since 2010 as a volunteer, board member, and staff.

Jim Winship, MSW, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has been a Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, where he has conducted research on youth and migration since 2005. He is the author of the 2014 book Coming of Age in El Salvador.

Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and cosponsored by the Institute of World Affairs (Center for International Education), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  CLACS and CIE are Title VI National Resource Centers with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  Free and open to the public.
Event Website:

UW-Milwaukee - Curtin Hall 175

3243 N. Downer Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211

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