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The Work We Do On The Mexico-US Border at Nogales: A Dialogue on Service, Start-Up & Learning Opportunities with Community Leaders from the Border
Moderated by Jayashree Srikantiah, the founding Director of Stanford Law School’s Clinic for Immigrant Rights, this dialogue will present concrete and effective pathways to community service, research, start-up and learning opportunities on the border. The panelists will describe current conditions, opportunities and challenges for development of cross border programs and community partnerships at Nogales. The panelists represent organizations spearheading sustained programs with local, national and transnational polities and economies, and bring a much-needed insight to US debates on border control and migration.
About the Panelists
Alma Cota de Yanez holds a degree in Business Administration from the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM). Alma has served as Executive Director for Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense AC, Nogales since 2003. (FESAC Nogales Chapter). FESAC works to promote civil society, philanthropy, culture and a robust well-resourced NGO network in Nogales. FESAC works in close partnership with the Border Community Alliance in Arizona.
Charlie Cutler is Director of Youth Engagement with the Borderland Community Alliance, and Director of the Borderland Youth Tennis Exchange, providing athletic training and a specialized national junior tennis and learning educational curriculum to youth on both sides of the US/Mexico border. He holds a Masters in International Studies and Human Rights from USF. He has competed and coached tennis professionally, and has coordinated the inmate tennis program and was a college writing instructor in the Prison University Project at San Quentin.
Haley Millner is a third-year law student at Stanford. She co-founded Stanford Advocates for Immigrants' Rights (SAIR), a student organization based in Stanford Law School. This fall, Haley volunteered along with six other students at an immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas. The group partnered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project to offer legal assistance to detained immigrants, all of whom were children and mothers.
Robert Phillips, Stanford alum, is the Founding Director for the Border Community Alliance and serves as BCA’s Senior Consultant. He is Director for a Non-Profit Learning Institute based in Green Valley, Arizona and run through the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation. Prior to his selection as Eexecutive Director for BCA in 2013, Bob was Executive Director of the St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic in Nogales, Arizona.
Tony Sedgwick is the President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Ranch, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to environmental conservation, preservation, education, and agriculture to promote healthy, active, conscious living in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Partners include AmeriCorps, the City of Nogales, Arizona, and the University of Arizona.
Jayashri Srikanthia is the the founding director of the law school’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. Under her direction, students in the clinic have represented scores of immigrants facing deportation, including asylum-seekers, immigrants with prior criminal convictions, immigrant survivors of crime and undocumented migrants with longstanding ties to the United States. Professor Srikantiah and clinic students have litigated cases in the immigration courts, the federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2004, Professor Srikantiah was the associate legal director of the ACLU of Northern California and a staff attorney at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.