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2/25 in #NYC via @OpenSociety & @unhcrdc: Citizens of Nowhere – Solutions for the Stateless in US

February 15, 2013
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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 12 million people around the world are stateless—that is, living without the recognition or protection of any country.

An undetermined number live in the United States. And while the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized statelessness as a “condition deplored in the international community of democracies” with “disastrous consequences,” U.S. law does not afford specific protections to the stateless. Nor does it provide any avenue for those caught in limbo to acquire lawful status or citizenship. The stateless are left to live on the margins without any means to support themselves lawfully and in constant fear of exposure.

The UNHCR and the Open Society Justice Initiative have produced a new report that looks at the problem of statelessness in the United States. The report offers recommendations to aid policy makers and legislators in implementing changes to improve the lives of stateless people—changes that would allow them to participate as full members of society.

On February 25, 2013 in New York, join the Open Society Justice Initiative and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for an expert panel discussion on the plight of stateless individuals in the United States as outline in our trailblazing report “Citizens of Nowhere: Solutions for the Stateless in the US [PDF]”

**SPACE IS LIMITED: RSVP to Patrick Molitoris: molitori@unhcr.org**

Monday, 25 February 2013

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Location: NYU Carter Center for Journalism, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY

12:00 until 1.30 PM | Lunch will be served

Moderated by
James Goldston
Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
Panelists
Molly Groom
Chief, Refugee and Asylum Law Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mark Manly
Head of Statelessness Unit
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Geneva, Switzerland
David Baluarte, Esq.
Practitioner-in-Residence, International Human Rights Clinic
American University Washington College of Law
With a special presentation by
Mr. Mikhail Sebastian
Master Barista | Stateless Perso
Event will feature the short documentary Stateless in American Samoa.
Space is limited.
RSVP to Patrick Molitoris | molitori@unhcr.org
http://unhcrwashington.org/citizensofnowhere
NYU is accessible by A, C, E, B, D, F, M, N, R, and 6 trains.
Event co-sponsored by NYU Law Students for Human Rights.
Press inquiries to Charity Tooze, UNHCR – 202.591.5443 | tooze@unhcr.org
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