October 26, 2016
Our speakers explore the reasons why people migrate from their homelands, the policies that drive immigration, the laws that regulate it and how all these things affect new and established residents of our country.
Dr. James Loucky received his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He began teaching Anthropology at Western Washington University in 1989 and served as the director of international studies from 1994-1997. He specializes in Latin American affairs, international migration and intercultural education. For over twenty five years Dr. Loucky has been a scholar and advocate for the Mayan Community and is co-author of Humane Migration and Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia.
Maru Mora Villalpando, is an undocumented bi-lingual community organizer, trainer, political analyst, consultant, and founder of Latino Advocacy, LLC, with more than 15 years of experience, primarily focusing on immigrant, racial and reproductive justice issues. Maru conducts bilingual and monolingual trainings throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a regular political analyst guest on Latino radio and TV in Oregon, Washington State, and across the nation. She is a speaker on behalf of undocumented immigrants, serves in the Blue Ribbon Commission of the undocumented and former undocumented.
Miguel Armenta is a community organizer, formerly detained in Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma where he was one of many hunger strike leaders that organized actions during 2014 to call attention to detention conditions and for an end to detention and deportations. Miguel lives, works and studies in Bellingham, and travels constantly to speak about immigrant and LGBTQ justice and equity issues.
Hannah E. Stone, JD is a local solo practitioner who limits her practice to immigration and citizenship law. Ms. Stone obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied with one of the nation’s foremost immigration law professors, Hiroshi Motomura. While in school she taught English to migrant farm workers at the local labor camps. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and represents individuals before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice.