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#DWN at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit: #amc2011

June 25, 2011

Photo by @ricothomasrico

This week, Detention Watch Network staff Silky Shah and Carlos Perez de Alejo presented a workshop “Flipping the Script on Detention & Deportation” at the 2011 Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI.

  • Schedule block: Session Block 5
  • Location: Room 1515 (Law Classrooms)

The Obama Administration and DHS have identified the so-called “criminal alien” as the primary target of the current deportation machine. This workshop will give a brief overview of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and will explain how immigration law, the War on Drugs and the War on Terror have used similar language such as “criminal,” “alien,” “illegal,” and “terrorist” to garner support and dramatically increase rates of detention and deportation. We will highlight campaigns and strategies to fight the negative framing and create space for dialogue that shifts the debate away from this harmful terminology.

For notes from the session, search for the Twitter hashtag, #flippingthescript.

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