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Abolition and Immigrant Justice: The 13th Annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans

Event Type
Department of Asian American Studies
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Mar 11, 2021   4:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Asian American Studies

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Panelists: A. Naomi Paik, Arianna Salgado, Vân Huynh


This year’s Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans will be delivered by Naomi Paik, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at Illinois. The lecture will draw on Professor Paik’s recent book Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the Twenty-First Century, and will include responses from activists and community organizers Arianna Salgado and Vân Huynh.


Professor Naomi Paik is Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois. Prof. Paik’s new book shows that barriers to immigration are embedded in the foundation of the United States and its culture, and that these barriers are tightly bound to racism and patriarchal ascendancy in this country.


Arianna Salgado is Organized Communities Against Deportation’s appointed leader for collaborations with groups fighting against police violence and criminalization. Prior to joining OCAD, she was the founder of other undocumented-led groups in the suburbs of Chicago and a paralegal for the PASO-West Suburban Action Project.


Vân Huynh (she/her) is an immigration attorney, having co-led several high profile deportation defense cases and whose legal and advocacy work strives to build movements with organizers in order to effectively address root causes of criminalization. She has been involved with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago and Atlanta, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation, and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) – organizing immigrant communities and to connect with Black-led organizing. Vân is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. She currently lives in Chicago, and frequently visits family in Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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