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NMSU's 2nd annual immigration conference providing free online registration

New Mexico State University's second annual immigration conference, "Immigration Reform and Human Rights on the Border," is offering free online registration for anyone wishing to attend the March 4 and 5 conference sessions. To register visit the conference Web site at http://iri.nmsu.edu/immigration-reform-and-h.html. Although preregistration is encouraged, on-site registrations will also be taken during the conference.



New Mexico State University's second annual immigration conference, "Immigration Reform and Human Rights on the Border," is offering free online registration at the conference Web site http://iri.nmsu.edu/immigration-reform-and-h.html. Conference sessions are free and open to the public, but preregistration is encouraged. The meeting is March 4 and 5 on the NMSU campus. (NMSU courtesy photo)

"This year's conference brings together distinguished researchers and community leaders to explore issues about the human rights of immigrants and the need to make human rights a central part of immigration policy reform," said Neil Harvey, professor of government and director of NMSU's Center for Latin American and Border Studies. The Migration Policy Office of the International Relations Institute and the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at NMSU are organizing the meeting.

The conference features a photographic exhibit of works by author and photojournalist David Bacon, which will open at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies in Nason House at 3 p.m. March 4.

Bacon will also present the keynote address, "The Human Rights Alternative to Displacement and Criminalization," at 7 p.m. March 4, in the Anderson Hall Auditorium. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The Friday, March 5, conference sessions take place in the Anderson Hall Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public. Several prominent speakers will head panel discussions:

?Jan and Diane Rus, anthropologists at the University of California-Riverside with more than 30 years' research experience in Chiapas, Mexico.

?David R. Ayón, senior fellow and U.S. director of the Focus Mexico Project at the Leavy Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

?NMSU faculty Pat Sandau-Beckler, professor, and Monica Montoya, program coordinator, School of Social Work; Alison Newby, assistant professor, Department of Sociology; and Neil Harvey, professor, Department of Government and director, Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

?Ambassador Johnny Young, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. and former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, the State of Bahrain, the Republic of Togo and the Republic of Sierra Leone.

?Vicki Gaubeca, American Civil Liberties Union-N.M. Regional Center for Border Rights.

In addition to free online registration, the conference Web site provides the conference agenda, speaker biographies, directions to Anderson Hall and parking instructions: http://iri.nmsu.edu/immigration-reform-and-h.html.

For further information, contact Roberta Gran by phone at (575) 646-7041, e-mail rgran@ad.nmsu.edu; or Neil Harvey at (575) 646-6816, e-mail nharvey@nmsu.edu.