Documented Movie Event
RSVP is REQUIRED for this event. Limited seating available.
Thursday, September 14, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Tabor Classroom, Wesemann Hall, Valparaiso University Law School
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. ‘Documented’ chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years.
Panel Discussion Post Screening
Immigration Enforcement: A Dialogue Concerning Borders and Sanctuary.
Mark Fleming is the Associate Director of Litigation at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) located in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Fleming focuses on litigation and public policy related to immigration enforcement and detention. He is currently litigating multiple class actions, which challenge the lawfulness of ICE’s detention policies. Mr. Fleming was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Cook County, Illinois and Chicago ordinances limiting local law enforcement’s compliance with “detainer” requests to hold noncitizens in custody for immigration officials, as well as the recently passed Illinois TRUST Act. Mr. Fleming has been quoted in various national media outlets and appeared in a PBS FRONTLINE documentary on ICE enforcement and detention. Prior to joining NIJC, he was a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, where he monitored migrants’ rights in the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity, he coordinated and drafted the Inter-American Commission’s comprehensive investigation and report into human rights concerns with U.S. immigration enforcement, detention, and due process.
Karla Lopez-Owens is a native of Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Ms. Lopez-Owens and her family crossed the Mexico-U.S. border in 1999, and lived in the United States without a legal status for many years, until her naturalization in 2009 after obtaining lawful permanent residency through her stepfather, a United States citizen. Ms. Lopez-Owens’ story mirrors the reality of nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. Ms. Lopez-Owens holds a J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is currently employed at DeFur Voran LLP working in immigration law and is a co-founder of the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance.
Judge Robert D. Vinikoor
Judge Vinikoor joined the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., in 2017 after serving over 30 years as an immigration judge. During his long tenure on the immigration bench, Judge Vinikoor has authored numerous precedent-deciding cases covering topics such as the immigration consequences of crimes, fraud, and claims to U.S. citizenship. During the past 30 years Judge Vinikoor has heard evidence in asylum cases from around the world. His decisions have led to a better understanding of the scope and evidence needed to qualify as a “refugee” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Upon his retirement from the bench, he was the second most senior Immigration Judge in the country.
Prior to becoming an immigration judge, he was selected under the Department of Justice Honors Program and started his employment with the Department in 1976 as a nationality attorney with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Miami, Florida. From 1978 to 1982, he also served as a trial attorney in Chicago. In 1984, he was appointed special assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law Chicago teaching immigration law.
Moderator Geoffrey Heeren is an Associate Professor of Law and the Michael and Dianne Swygert Teaching Fellow at Valparaiso University Law School. He founded and directs the Immigration Law Clinic at the law school and also teaches Constitutional Law. The Clinic engages in direct representation and advocacy projects on behalf of immigrants, including asylum seekers and children. Prior to joining Valparaiso, Geoffrey was a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law, where he supervised students handling asylum hearings in the Immigration Court. Geoffrey first practiced immigration law at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he handled direct representation of immigrants in detention, federal appellate work, and affirmative civil rights litigation. While working as a legal aid attorney in Chicago, Geoffrey also taught asylum law as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Geoffrey received his law degree from New York University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.add to my calendar