Beyond the Headlines: Examining Today's Immigration Landscape

  • Thu, September 13, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • India House Houston, 8888 West Bellfort Av, Houston, TX 77031

Stories and statements about immigration policies are flooding our newfeeds and dominating the nightly news cycle. Join Daya as we go beyond the headlines to explore how immigration policies affect survivors of violence and the broader Houston community. Hear from a diverse panel of attorneys, advocacy experts, and survivors of domestic abuse about recent immigration changes, how they affect our community, and what you can do to get involved. The changing landscape of immigration policy affects us all. On Thursday September 13, go Beyond the Headlines to learn more and take action. 

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Refreshments served

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India House, 8888 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston, TX 77031

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6PM–9PM

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6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm - Welcome- Rachna Khare, Executive Director Daya
6:35 pm - What is Immigration Abuse- Irfana Hussain, Director of Outreach, Daya
6:45 pm - Visa Protections and Limitations for Survivors of Abuse- Jessica Howton, Tahirih Justice Center
7:10 pm - Hear from a Survivor
7:30 pm - Take Action- Meet our Community Partners 
7:45 pm - Take Action Panel and Q&A
8:30 pm - Close 


Jessica Howton is a Managing Attorney for Tahirih Houston, where she provides legal representation to clients, particularly minors, mentors pro bono attorneys, oversees the Houston pro bono program, and manages the Houston legal team and its program. Prior to joining Tahirih, Jessica was an intern at Kids in Need of Defense during law school, where she represented unaccompanied migrant children. Jessica currently serves as the co-chair of the Texas Immigration Task Force, where she leads quarterly meetings and presentations on current trends and updates in immigration law.

Irfana Hussain is the Director of Outreach and Volunteer Programs at Daya, where she provides education and awareness about domestic violence in immigrant communities. She has a background in nonprofit management and South Asian studies. She has worked with and for many grassroots Asian-American non-profit organizations including creating youth development programs for refugees in Houston

Deborah Y. Chen, Esq. is an immigration attorney and community activist with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates for 20+ years. Debbie started as a student leader at the University of Texas–Austin advocating for an Asian American Studies Center, hiring AAPI mental health counselors, and including AAPIs in scholarship considerations. She received her JD from South Texas College of Law. A past OCA National Executive Councilmember and OCA-Greater Houston Chapter President, Debbie is the OCA-GH Civic Engagement Programs Director and Houston Metro Convener, serving on the OCA-GH Development, Programs, and AAPI Film Festival Committees, focusing on citizenship, GOTV, exit polls, Census, redistricting, youth, education, and leadership programs. 

Nabila Mansoor has spent the last several years working to improve political awareness in underrepresented communities. She is currently leading Emgage’s 2020 Census initiative to ensure a full count of Houston’s Asian American and Muslim populations. She is the prior Executive Director at Emgage, a civic engagement organization, and a Youth Leadership Coordinator with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that advocates on social and economic issues that impact Latinx and minority communities. Prior to Emgage, Nabila was an attorney with a private practice specializing in family law.

Andrea Guttin, HILSC’s Legal Director, oversees HILSC’s legal initiatives, such as pro se asylum clinics, Deportation Defense Houston, the Texas Immigrant Rights Hotline, preventing notario fraud, and advising the non-profit legal services providers who are members of the Collaborative. Previously, Andrea was interim managing attorney of Human Rights First’s Houston office, where she represented and mentored pro bono attorneys in the representation of asylum seekers and children. Andrea received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2009; she also holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, and Georgia.

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