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“U.N. World Social Justice Day: What Makes Migrants Sick and Why Should We Care?”

Sarah S. Willen, associate professor of anthropology and director of the research program on global health and human rights at the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute, will discuss the health effects of migrant illegality and the challenges involved in activist mobilization on migrants’ behalf. Drawing on nearly two decades of research on migrant health and advocacy, especially in Tel Aviv, Israel, Willen will ask: What makes migrants sick—and why should people care?

The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Event details

The discussion also will cover how migrant workers and immigrants in the greater Cleveland area are impacted by health care policies and advocacy efforts, with remarks from Sana Loue, professor of international health and vice-dean of faculty development and diversity. A Q&A session will follow, along with a conversation about how citizens serve as advocates for change. This event is free and open to the community; light refreshments will be served.