If you had to flee home today to save your family, could you build a new life in another country? Could you go to court and prove — in a second or third language — that you should be allowed to stay? If the laws of your new home barred you from working, how would you survive? Globally, 80 million people have been forced from their homes due to conflict or persecution. In theory, they have a wide range of rights. In practice, these rights are routinely violated: internment, wage theft, exclusion and exploitation are rampant. How do we change this? Emily will discuss what’s needed — and what stands in the way.
Emily E. Arnold-Fernández, Asylum Access
Emily E. Arnold-Fernández, a lawyer and social entrepreneur, is the founding President and CEO of Asylum Access. The leading global refugee human rights organization, Asylum Access has dismantled barriers to economic and civic participation for over a million refugees since its inception in 2005. Also a scholar, Emily writes and teaches regularly, including at Stanford University, University of York and University of London. Her accolades include the prestigious Alexander (2018) and Grinnell (2013) prizes; Mexico’s Equality and Nondiscrimination Award (2016); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009).