Rethinking Gendered Violence and Immigrant Lives Symposium, Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Merrill Cultural Center, Merrill College, UC Santa Cruz

July 02, 2018


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The Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise (WHGE-COE) student ambassadors of UC Santa Cruz are hosting a day-long symposium titled “Rethinking Gendered Violence and Immigrant Lives" on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Merrill Cultural Center at the UC Santa Cruz campus. This symposium will feature panels consisting of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community organizers to inspire critical and fruitful dialogues across disciplines, generations, and workplaces. Our hope is to foster a space in which to rethink gendered violence that centers the lived experiences of immigrant women. This symposium is free and open to the public. Please email for any questions.

When:          Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where:         Merrill Cultural Center

Register:      Click HERE **Registration is encouraged, but not required**


10:00 – 10:10 a.m. ~ Welcome
10:10 – 11:30 a.m. ~ Panel 1: Borders and Reproductive Justice
11:30 – 11:40 a.m. ~ Break
11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Panel 2: The Criminalization of Immigrant Girls and Women
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. ~ Lunch Break*
1:30 – 2:50 p.m. ~ Panel 3: The Complex Lived Experiences of Immigrant Communities
2:50 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Keynote Speaker

*Coffee and snacks provided. There will be a thirty minute lunch break where attendees are welcome to purchase lunch at nearby restaurants (Vivas Cafe, Banana Joes)

Panel 1: Borders and Reproductive Justice 

U.S. immigration policies embody xenophobic sentiments and they have material consequences on immigrant women and their families. These policies not only affect mobility, but can also jeopardize women’s health. This panel focuses on the multiple borders that create obstacles for reproductive justice and how the current political climate exacerbates discrimination for immigrant women and their families in the United States.

Panelists: Jennifer Dunn (UC Hasting School of Law), Maria Bracamontes (Janus of Santa Cruz), Daisy Orellana (Santa Cruz Undergraduate)

Panel 2: The Criminalization of Women and Girls 

This panel will address the ways in which certain institutions and the news media criminalize immigrant women and girls, leading them to be both hypervisible and hyperinvisible. The panelists will address the ways in which the discourse about immigrant women and girls has resulted in their criminalization across gender, sexual, racial, and class lines.

Panelists: Sang Kai Hil (San Jose State University, Justice Department), Theresa Hice Johnson (UC Santa Cruz, Sociology Department), Melissa Guzman Garcia ( San Francisco State University, Latino/a Studies) 

Panel 3: The Complex Lived Experiences of Immigrant Communities 

This panel addresses how immigrant women and/or girls continuously navigate institutional, cultural, and social barriers in the United States. How can centering the experiences of immigrant girls and women and their communities explain interlocking systems of oppressions? The panelists explore this question and shed light on how immigrant communities resist discrimination and may even thrive.

Panelists: Paulina Moreno (Santa Cruz Immigration Project), Fernanda E Ochoa (City of Salinas)

Keynote Lecture: "The Limits of Narratives of Vulnerability: Gendered Violence in the Lives of Immigrants"
Speaker: Kati Barahona-Lopez, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Kati Barahona-Lopez is a senior case manager of CARECEN-SF and a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Calfiornia, Santa Cruz. As a Senior Case Manager for the Family Wellness program of CARECEN-SF, Kati works to provide immigrant families and youth with personalized and comprehensive case management to support their well-being. Her dissertation work is a mixed-methods study of Central American Unaccompanied Minors living in San Francisco, CA. Kati believes that direct service work and academia can work hand-in-hand to identify challenges and barriers that immigrants face, put these into broader context, and positively shape immigration policy, law, and discourse to provide equitable conditions for migrants and their families.

Sponsored by the Research Center for the America's Research Cluster: Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) Student Ambassadors


Latin American and Latino Studies Department, Sociology Department, Graduate Studies Association (GSA), Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment

To register, click HERE. **Registration is encouraged, but not required**