Speakers and Panelists
David Bacon (Keynote Speaker)
David Bacon is a writer and photojournalist based in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif. He is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and writes for TruthOut, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Progressive and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He has been a reporter and documentary photographer for 18 years, shooting for many national publications. He has exhibited his work nationally and in Mexico, the UK and Germany. Bacon covers issues of labor, immigration and international politics. He travels frequently to Mexico, the Philippines, Europe and Iraq. He hosts a half-hour weekly radio show on labor, immigration and the global economy on KPFA-FM and is a frequent guest on KQED-TV's This Week in Northern California.
For twenty years, Bacon was a labor organizer for unions in which immigrant workers made up a large percentage of the membership. Those include the United Farm Workers, the United Electrical Workers, the International Ladies' Garment Workers, the Molders Union and others. Those experiences gave him a unique insight into changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy and migration, and how these factors influence the struggle for workers rights. Bacon was chair of the board of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and helped organize the Labor Immigrant Organizers Network and the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health. He served on the board of the Media Alliance and belongs to the Northern California Media Workers Guild. His book, The Children of NAFTA, was published by the University of California Press in March, 2004, and a photodocumentary project sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, Communities Without Borders, was published by the ILR/Cornell University Press in October 2006.
In one of his latest projects, Living Under the Trees, sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities and California Rural Legal Assistance, Bacon is photographing and interviewing indigenous Mexican migrants working in California's fields. He has received numerous awards for both his writing and photography. In his most recent book, Illegal People, Bacon explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America and Asia, driving them to migrate. At the same time, U.S. immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in the United States. Illegal People explains why our national policy produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids and a more divided, polarized society.
Charlotte Alexander graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005 and clerked on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Farmworker Division of the Georgia Legal Services Program and stayed on as a Senior Staff Attorney. She is presently the Deputy Director of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, housed at Georgia State College of Law, and a Harvard Post-Graduate Research Fellow. With her fellowship, she is writing a law review article on the Fair Labor Standards Act. She will teach a course at Emory Law in Spring 2010 on the employment rights of immigrant workers.
Phil Cobb is the Urban Ministries Coordinator at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. He also serves on the leadership team of StreetGRACE, a faith-based coalition working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Metro Atlanta. He is married to his wonderful wife Stacey who is a first year Pediatric Resident at Emory.
Theresa Dulski is a third-year medical student at Emory University. She is a founding member of Emory Health Against Human Trafficking (EHAHT), a group of medical students and physicians who work to promote the health and well-being of human trafficking victims. EHAHT works closely with multiple anti-trafficking organizations based in Northern Thailand. They travel to the Chiang Rai province each year to provide basic health care check-ups, teach health education, train staff members and complete public health assessments. Dulski received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her masters in public health from Drexel University.
Alia El-Sawi has been with Tapestri Inc. since September 2005 and currently serves as the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator. In this capacity, she designs and provides trainings and outreach to mainstream service providers, law enforcement and community organizations on human trafficking. She works to establish collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations and law enforcement around the issue of human trafficking. El-Sawi also provides direct services to survivors of human trafficking. She has written several articles on the issue of women in developing communities. She has a bachelor's degree in international affairs and French from Mercer University.
Sam Marie Engle
Sam Marie Engle is the senior associate director of the Office of University-Community Partnerships at Emory University. In this role, Engle directs a portfolio of engaged learning programs and projects and plays a key role in strategic planning both for the OUCP and for the larger universitywide effort to better integrate faculty, staff and student teaching/learning and research with service to benefit the local community. Engle joined the OUCP in 2002 as director of the Community Building Fellows Program and was responsible for student recruitment, selection and mentoring, as well as the selection and execution of projects engaging Emory in the community. Prior to joining Emory in 2002, she worked with Georgia Public Broadcasting in their educational services division. As associate director of Research Atlanta, she directed a broad range of policy research and developed a series of Emmy-nominated televised forums on local policy issues affecting quality of life.
A tireless advocate for ending sexual violence and violence against women and children, Engle was honored as a 2007 Unsung Heroine by the Emory Center for Women, received the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault’s 2006 Amy Jurgenson Connelly Citizen Award, and the VDay Atlanta 2004 Vagina Warrior Award. A Leadership Atlanta class of 2001 alumna, Sam served on the organization’s board of trustees, chaired the Selection Committee and served as chair of Program for the Class of 2005. She also received the Outstanding Young Person of Atlanta 2001 award for her community service and is a graduate of the Coca Cola Diversity Leadership Academy. She currently serves on the board of directors of Refugee Family Services and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Judicial Campaign Review Committee. At Emory, she just finished chairing the Community Partnerships Committee of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Institutional Commitment Committee of Atlanta Matters and serves on the Strategic Plan Implementation Support Team.
Sam holds degrees in Urban Studies/Nonprofit Administration (MS) from Georgia State University, Rehabilitation Counseling (MHS) from the University of Florida, and Economics and Political Science (BA) from Emory University.
Kristi Graunke is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Immigrant Justice Project in 2005, Graunke clerked for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and worked as an Equal Justice Works law fellow with the Farmworker Division of Georgia Legal Services. Graunke’s work focuses on enforcement of the employment-based rights of low wage workers, primarily by means of federal court litigation. Graunke received her BA from Cornell University in 1998 and her JD from Yale Law School in 2002.
Jamie B. Hernan
Jamie B. Hernan is the managing partner of Hernan Taylor & Lee. His practice focuses on civil rights litigation, contract negotiation and business litigation. He spends a considerable amount of time dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of immigrant. Hernan is a frequent featured speaker or panelist in debates and other forums regarding immigration reform and immigrants’ rights. Prior to forming Hernan Taylor & Lee, Hernan was an attorney in the Atlanta office of the international law firm King & Spalding where he focused on banking & finance matters.
Mark Hoerrner spent two decades in the fields of human resources, communication and investigation. He’s now putting those corporate experiences into the fight against human trafficking by overseeing state and regional operations in the southeastern United States for the Not For Sale Campaign. Hoerrner also is the administrator for Not For Sale's SlaveryMap.org initiative. In addition, he serves as one of two chief investigators for the Campaign, working to provide support to law enforcement with the use of NFSC's High Probability Mapping Initiative. This program, to date, has helped initiate three different federal investigations of human trafficking in Georgia. In 2009, he wrote the Georgia Human Trafficking Operations Report, or GAHTOR, as a comprehensive overview of trafficking in the state of Georgia. He has communicated with agencies and government officials in Israel and Ireland on human trafficking issues and has traveled extensively to see the conditions that drive modern-day slavery firsthand. Hoerrner also serves as the chair of the Executive Board of the Georgia Rescue & Restore Coalition, a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-promoted coalition of dozens of organizations fighting human trafficking within the state.
Julie Hotchkiss is a research economist and policy adviser in the regional group of the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her major fields of study are earnings and employment differentials across different groups of workers, variations in employment and earnings across time, and policy implications of changes in labor supply. Prior to joining the Bank in 2003, she was professor of economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She began teaching as a senior associate and assistant professor of economics at the Policy Research Center at Georgia State University in 1989, and she joined the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies when the school was formed in 1996. Dr. Hotchkiss has published her research work in various journals, including Applied Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the American Economic Review. Dr. Hotchiss has recently conducted research on undocumented worker employment and firm survival. Her research has examined if firms that hire undocumented workers have a competitve advantage in the market.
Gayla Jamison has more than 20 years experience in social issue documentaries filmed in 17 countries on five continents. Her work has appeared on PBS, The Hallmark Channel, Turner Broadcasting, ABC, NBC, The Learning Channel, WGBH-TV, Univision and Galavision. Her most recent film, “Lives For Sale,” a documentary about sex trafficking, aired on PBS. She was supervising producer for “My Americas,” a 13-part series about spirituality and culture in Latin America funded in part by Latino Public Broadcasting and aired on public television. Independent documentaries include “Scraps of Life,” about Chilean women protesting the Pinochet dictatorship, “Approach of Dawn,” which documents Maya women during the Guatemalan civil war, and “Living in America: 100 Years of Ybor City,” a portrait of the Spanish-Cuban-Italian community in Tampa, Fla. Her documentaries have received numerous awards, including the Gabriel Award; Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association; Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network Film Festival; Special Jury Award, USA Film Festival; and Golden and Silver Hugos, Chicago International Film Festival.
Breanna Lathrop, FNP-BC, MSN, MPH, is Family Nurse Practitioner at Family Health Enterprise, a nonprofit family practice in Atlanta. The clinic’s mission is to empower families to make healthy decisions and provide compassionate and affordable care to communities which lack access to needed healthcare services. Lathrop’s interest in immigrant health began during her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College where she established a program for diabetic patients at HealthFinders, a free clinic for the uninsured. She completed her Master’s in Nursing and Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy at Emory University. She is the past president of Health Students Taking Action Together and remains active in HealthSTAT’s Alumni Network. Lathrop also advocates for single payer healthcare.
Dorothy Leone-Glasser, RPN, HHC, is a founding member of the Grady Advocates for Responsible Care (GARC), an alliance of physicians, medical care providers, medical patient organizations, human rights organizations and patient advocates that was formed out of concern for the patient’s lives at the Grady Health System. Currently, Leone-Glasser and the GARC are working to stop the closing of the Grady Hospital Dialysis Clinic, which would leave undocumented migrants without access to dialysis treatment. Leone-Glasser has lived with systemic lupus for more than 25 years. She also directs of the Wisdom of Wellness Project, LLC, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve unity of the mind, body and spirit in order to maximize wellness.
Teodoro Maus was born in Mexico City. He served in the Mexican foreign service from 1978 until 2001. As a foreign service officer, Maus served as a delegate to the United Nations for Mexico and the Counsul General of Mexico to the Southeastern United States. He retired from the foreign service with the rank of ambassador. After retirement, Maus worked in consulting. He also served two years as an appointed minister representative for the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, based in the Mexican embassy in Washington, D.C. In 2006, he obtained naturalization as a citizen of the United States. The following year he was elected as president of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. Maus also is a trained architect and an accomplished painter and filmmaker.
Kerry McGrath received her JD from New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in computer science and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. She was an adjunct professor at Emory University from 1999 to 2004. She has been a member of the Georgia, New York and Florida bars and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Over the past eighteen years, she has represented immigrants in numerous federal and state courts as well as at administrative hearings. McGrath has been recognized for her work on behalf of Georgia’s immigrants by the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) and Emory Law, as a recipient of its annual Inspiration Award in 1997. Recently, she was given an Ally Award by Caminar Latino for her years of work in preventing domestic violence in Hispanic families. She was recently recognized by the State Bar of Georgia for her assistance to low-income people in Georgia.
Rebecca Miller is a senior staff attorney with the Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services. The Farmworker Rights Division specializes in representing low-income farmworkers in Georgia about wages and workplace conditions. The Division’s cases also involve a particular focus on preventing retaliation against workers who speak up to enforce their rights. Miller graduated from New York University Law School in 2003 where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar. As part of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU, Miller was part of the litigation team that represented a domestic worker in asserting trafficking and wage claims against her employers. Miller also clerked for the Honorable Consuelo Marshall in the Central District of California.
Adelina Nicholls was born in México City. She studied sociology at the Political and Social Sciences College at the Autonomous National University of México U.N.A.M. Nicholls has spent many years dedicating herself to the defense of Immigrants’ civil and human rights. She was co-founder and a former president of the Coordinating Council of Latino Community Leaders of Atlanta. She has organized workshops for grassroots community organizing and leadership statewide. She served as the coordinator of a statewide campaign targeting former Gov. Roy Barnes which collected more than 30,000 signatures demanding driver’s licenses. Nicholls was instrumental in the organizing of the First Latino March for Dignity and the March 17 Alliance for immigration reform which gathered 70,000 people in 2006. Currently she works as the executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (former Coordinadora de Líderes Comunitarios).
Mary E. Odem
Mary E. Odem is an associate professor in the Department of History at Emory University. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Women's Studies focusing on gender, sexuality, immigration, race and ethnicity. Odem is the author of Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920, which won the President's Book Award from the Social Science History Association. She is co-editor of Confronting Rape and Sexual Assault and Latino Immigration and the Transformation of the U.S. South. Her research and teaching examine the history of women and gender in the modern United States and Latin American immigration in the 20th century. Her current research explores Mexican and Central American immigration to the U.S. South since 1980, focusing on themes of incorporation, transnationalism, gender and family, and race/ethnicity. Odem currently is developing research around migration, remittances and international development in conjunction with faculty from across Emory University, and international partners in Guatemala and the Domenican Republic.
Polly J. Price
Polly J. Price is associate dean of faculty and professor of law at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of two books and numerous articles. At Emory, she has taught torts, legal methods, American legal history, pretrial litigation and Latin American legal systems, and seminars in tort law and legal history. In June 2009, the Atlanta Journal Constitution featured Professor Price's perspective in a debate over immigration and citizenship. She is involved in an interdisciplinary exploration of migration, remittances and international development in conjunction with faculty from across Emory University, and international partners in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
Kathy Purnell, JD, PhD, has been an advocate for immigrant and human rights throughout her legal and teaching careers. She currently is the Immigration Detention Fellow at the ACLU of Georgia and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the International Detention Coalition and of the NGO-ICE working group, a national coalition of non-governmental organizations engaging ICE throughout the immigration detention reform process. Before joining the ACLU, Purnell represented clients through the DePaul University College of Law's Asylum and Immigration Clinic, the Chicago-based Working Hands Legal Clinic for temporary and day laborers and Legal Aid of Western Michigan. She was appointed as a Sullivan Human Rights Fellow for the International Human Rights Law Institute, where she worked on a project evaluating the depiction of transitional justice periods in Latin American history textbooks. Purnell was appointed a fellow for the Equal Justice America and Equal Justice Works programs to represent clients in landlord-tenant matters and to work with a coalition of groups to design a court-based eviction diversion program in Kalamazoo, Mich. Her other work experiences include an internship at the National Immigrant Justice Center, a law clerkship with Carpenter and Capt (a Midwestern firm that specializes in immigration law), a judicial externship with Justice Margaret O'Mara Frossard (Illinois Appellate Court) and as a research attorney (Michigan Court of Appeals). Purnell has taught political science at many institutions including the University of Vermont, DePaul University and, most recently, during the 2008-2009 academic year, at Western Michigan University. She received her JD from the DePaul University College of Law, her PhD in Government from Cornell University and her bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University.
Edward Queen directs the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. At Emory he also serves as co-convener of the Initiative in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and director of Research Activities at the Institute of Human Rights. Queen received his BA from Birmingham-Southern College, his MA and PhD degrees from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and his JD from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Center for Ethics, Queen served as Faculty and Curriculum Development Adviser to the Faculty of Law of South East European University, Macedonia where he focused on the transition to democracy, religious and ethnic minority rights and legal education reform. Among the human rights organizations with which he has worked are the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia and the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. Queen also served as administrator of the International Human Rights Internship Program at the IU School of Law - Indianapolis. The founding director of both the Religion and Philanthropy Project at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and of the Islamic Society of North America's Fellowship Program in Nonprofit Management and Governance and a former program officer at Lilly Endowment Inc., Queen has consulted with numerous nonprofit, governmental and educational organizations, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Independent Sector, USAID, the DeKalb County Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Natsu Taylor Saito
Natsu Taylor Saito is a professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, joining the faculty in 1994. She teaches international law and human rights, race and the law, immigration, criminal procedure and professional responsibility. She serves as an adviser to the Asian American Law Student Association and the Hispanic Student Bar Association. Professor Saito’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States; the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indians and U.S. territorial possessions; and the human rights implications of U.S. governmental policies, particularly with regard to the suppression of political dissent. Professor Saito graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 and received a Masters of Education from Georgia State University in 1982. She worked as a community organizer for the South DeKalb Community Center from 1977 to 1980, then taught social studies at Horizons School and English as a Second Language for the Adult Education Department of the Atlanta Board of Education. After receiving her JD from Yale Law School in 1987, Professor Saito worked for Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Troutman Sanders and Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, and taught as an adjunct at Emory Law. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and has on the Committee on the Involvement of Women & Minorities in the Profession and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts.
Sir G. Streeter
Sir G. Streeter currently is assigned to the Alien Smuggling and Human Trafficking Unit of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta Field Office. In 1991, after serving six active years in the U.S. Air Force, Agent Streeter began work as an immigration inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Agent Streeter has worked as an immigration inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and as a senior immigration inspector at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. In 2001, Agent Streeter began work as a special agent with INS (Atlanta Field Office), continuing as a special agent with ICE after the INS merger with the U.S. Customs Service in 2003. Special Agent Streeter has worked as a case agent on both alien smuggling and human trafficking investigations.
Jonathan Todres is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University's College of Law. Professor Todres serves as a regular adviser to non-governmental organizations working to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children. He also has held several leadership posts within the ABA Section of International Law, including chair of the section’s International Health Law Committee and vice chair of its International Human Rights Committee. Professor Todres received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his BA (with high honors in International Development) from Clark University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a number of years in international health and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Professor Todres is the co-editor of U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: An Analysis of Treaty Provisions and Implications of U.S. Ratification and a number of articles on children’s rights and health law issues.
After a successful career in business, Widner went to law school to pursue a career in child advocacy. During law school, she worked to serve the legal needs of abused and neglected children through internships with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Education Law Unit, the San Diego Public Defender's Juvenile Dependency Division and the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles. She also clerked for San Diego County Counsel, representing the Department of Children and Family Services in abuse and neglect cases. She gained policy insight and advocacy experience through her work in the University of San Diego's Center for Public Interest Law and Child Advocacy Institute. She was an editor of the San Diego Law Review and her student Comment on a child welfare-related issue was published by the journal. Widner also was a member of her law school's national moot court team, winning a number of national honors, including Best Oralist in Capital University's 2007 Adoption and Child Advocacy Competition. She graduated law school with honors, was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Service Award and the D'Angelo Outstanding Child Advocate Award, and was elected to the Order of the Barristers. Widner now works with Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic.
Jeannie Yoo attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., where she majored in International Business Administration and Behavioral Science. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves during her junior year in college and enlisted active duty until September 2002, when she became a U.S. Customs Special Agent. In April 2003, Agent Yoo became integrated as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent. To date, she has worked investigations relating to narcotics, counter-terrorism, strategic arms and airport security. Agent Yoo currently is assigned to the Office of the Special Agent in Charge of (SAC) Atlanta in the Alien Smuggling/Human Trafficking Unit.