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2014 Heyer Lecture 

"Undocumented, Unaccompanied, and Citizen: The Children of America's Migrations"

Date: September 25 at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary,7th Street, Austin, 78705
McMillan 210 

Cost: Free

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Live Streaming the Heyer Lecture

Austin Seminary will be streaming the Heyer Lecture as a public beta test.  We welcome any member of our community who cannot make to the Seminary campus to watch the live stream of the Heyer Lecture.   Please only register if you will be present in person (so we do not order a lunch for you).

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About the Presentation

In the national debate about immigration reform and record-level deportations, the plight of children caught in the middle has been overlooked.  Now, with the tens of thousands of refugee children crossing the border deliberately into the arms of border agents, they cannot be dismissed.  Luis H. Zayas, Dean of the UT Austin School of Social Work and the author of The Making of American Exiles and Orphans: How Deporting Immigrants Hurts Citizen-Children, discusses three groups of children most affected by the aggressive immigration enforcement: undocumented and citizen-children of unauthorized immigrants and unaccompanied immigrant minors.  He describes their imperiled developmental trajectories and how the policies decided today will affect our nation’s social, economic, and moral health for decades to come. 

About the Presenter

Luis H. Zayas

Luis H. Zayas was appointed as Dean of the School of Social Work in January 2012.  Before joining UT Austin, Zayas was the inaugural Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

Presently, Zayas is focusing on the plight of citizen-children whose parents are being deported.  Through funding by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, he is examining the effects of deportation on the psychosocial functioning of U.S.-born citizen-children of undocumented Mexican immigrants.  As a practitioner, Zayas is involved also in evaluating citizen-children and testifying in immigration courts on behalf of citizen-children and their families.  This practice has also led to his public advocacy for citizen-children.  In addition, Zayas continues his research on adolescent Latinas who have the highest rates of suicide attempts of any U.S. adolescent group.

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