Roots of Migration: US Immigration Policy Past and Present


January 8, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm


The NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111


Kevin Whalen, Judenie Dabel, and Nasteho Ali


Presented by the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing and their Teen and Young Adult Immigrant Leaders, this interactive workshop will give participants historical and current context for the root causes of migration to the United States. CSIO has a fifteen year history of supporting organizers, leaders and activists in overcoming barriers to justice for immigrant communities. A firm understanding on the how and why people migrate to the United States is the bedrock on which effective support of these populations are built.

Learning Objectives

  • The legacy of U.S. immigration policy since the country’s inception - who has been ‘in,’ ‘out” and why.
  • Current political and global economic factors that cause people to seek safety and survival in the U.S.
  • A historical overview of migration patterns through each century of U.S. and the similarities and difference between those populations.
  • What individuals can do today to take direct action to support a more just immigration system in the U.S.

Target Audience

Individuals who:

  • Seek to understand the root causes of migration and the legacy of U.S. immigration policy
  • Want to learn about immigrant communities in greater Boston
  • Are motivated to make change in their respective communities.

About the Trainers

Kevin Whalen, Co-Founder of CSIO, has extensive experience as an organizer and director of community organizations based in immigrant and low-income populations.

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO) Youth Coordinator Judenie Dabel, grew up in Mattapan and will graduate from UMASS Boston in 2019. African Community and Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) Youth Coordinator Nasteho Ali is from the Dudley Square neighborhood of Boston and graduated from Simmons College in 2018. Judenie and Nasteho coordinate the Youth Ubuntu Project (YUP), a collaborative program between Center to Support Immigrant Organizing and ACEDONE. Under their leadership the past two years, YUP has involved over 250 immigrant teens in:

  • A participatory action research campaign that will ground an organizing campaign to improve English Learner instruction in the BPS,
  • The development of peer-led workshops that explore the scapegoating of undocumented immigrants and Muslims for our country's problems.
  • a grassroots leadership curriculum that built teen capacity in participatory facilitation, root-cause analysis, and story sharing around immigration journeys
  • social justice actions, including actions to fight attacks against immigrants and Muslims, and to support Black Lives Matter

Kevin, Judenie, and Nasteho participated in a border delegation to Tijuana, Mexico – the epicenter right now for migration north in our hemisphere, and will share their experiences meeting with migrants coming north and the groups supporting them.

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Racial Equity


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