When Immigrants & Refugees Flood Our Shores

When refugees & immigrants flee to America’s shores, the American fear of “them” is great but so too is the moral responsibility.  Discussion of the possible threats and great benefits refugees bring with them in their search for new homes.

Ehsan Zaffar, Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. where he advises the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS components on the civil rights and civil liberties implications of existing and proposed national security policies, programs, and procedures.

Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, Executive Director of Tiyya, an organization that serves refugees and displaced communities. Meymuna and her mother co-founded Tiyya after arriving in the United States as refugees from East Africa in the early 1980s.

Cherrie Short, Assistant Dean, Global & Community Initiatives, USC School of Social Work, is an expert in diversity, race relations, social policy, British politics and European Union immigration law.

Moderated by Raphael Bostic, Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and Chair of the Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process at the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

This event was in collaboration with USC Safe Communities Institute which engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs.