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Challenging Migrant Detention: Human Rights, Advocacy and Mental Health

Conference:  June 20-21  2018

New Residence Hall,
3625 Park Ave, Montreal, QC

As forcible displacement increases, notions of the unwanted “Other”, the “illegal” migrant, and the “bogus” refugee are increasingly prominent in public discourse of destination countries, lending support to stringent border control policies whereby states incarcerate asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and other foreign nationals in immigration detention centres, prisons and camps. This structural violence primarily targets racialized populations from the Global South.

This international conference brings together researchers in social sciences, human rights and mental health, along with practitioners, advocates and migrants, to discuss global trends and avenues for change in immigration detention. Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the roles of research, clinical interventions, judicial procedures and advocacy in improving conditions, promoting alternatives and challenging immigration detention?
  • How can humanitarian, human rights and sociopolitical perspectives be integrated in a comprehensive critical analysis of immigration detention?
  • How does advocacy complement clinical care in promoting well-being for migrants facing detention?
  • How can we address the fears and prejudices used to legitimate immigration detention?
  • What is the role of migrant resistance strategies?
  • What can be done to make detainees’ lived experiences known and their voices heard?
  • How can we navigate the ethical and methodological challenges of fieldwork with detainees?
  • How is detention linked to other coercive migratory policies such as deportation and interdiction?

Organized by the SHERPA Research Centre and the McGill University Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry

Partners: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the McGill University Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, the University of Toronto International Human Rights Program, University of Oxford Border Criminologies and l’Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration

Call for papers deadline: February 1, 2018

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McGill Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry Advanced Study Institute Workshop (June 19)

The Advanced Study Institute Workshop is intended for researchers, practitioners and advocates working on immigration detention issues. Spaces are limited. If you are interested in taking part in the workshop, please contact Marie-Eve Paré, coordinator, with a brief description of your interests regarding immigration detention at marie-eve.pare.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca