Advocating for Children in Migration Multidisciplinary Symposium

Join us in person or via Zoom. This multi-disciplinary hybrid event will help us highlight the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th. The Testimony series will feature the use of arts, music, and the humanities in advocating for children and families in migration through partnerships with attorneys, healthcare professionals (both medical and behavioral), as well as other service professionals. Testimony includes the newly commissioned Fly to Heal mural by Juls Mendoza; the Art as Advocacy exhibit featuring the works of artists inspired by children’s accounts of violations of their rights as they arrived to the U.S. between 2017 and 2020; an all-day multidisciplinary symposium, “Advocating for Children in Migration,” on September 21 with panels focused on a variety of approaches to advocacy including arts and literature, law, medicine and behavioral health, music and the performing arts; the world premiere of Soul Echoes, an immersive vocal drama composed by J.E. Hernandez; and several hands-on art as advocacy workshops for both youth and adults in Aurora, Colorado.

Keynote luncheon speaker:
Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Immigration Rights Project
Mr. Gelernt led the legal teams successfully ending family separation in Ms. L. v. ICE and both Muslim bans, among many other impact litigation cases. Click here for Lee Gelernt’s biography. The keynote luncheon will include a live performance of The Ghost of Abuelito by True North Duo (Kristin Grainger & Dan Wetzel). Click here to learn more about True North Duo.

For a full schedule and list of our panelists and moderators, click here>>

All events are free and open to the public and will include both in-person and online access to facilitate inclusivity. The in-person events will be hosted in the Fulginiti Pavilion at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, except the art as advocacy workshops. The Center for Bioethics and the Humanities and the Kempe Center on the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect would like to thank the Colorado Area Health Education Center and the CU Anschutz Chancellor’s Office for their financial support of the Testimony series.

RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you there!