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2023 Refugees in Towns Symposium: Racialized Immigration Policies & Paving a PathForward

Practitioners play an important role in helping immigrants navigate the complex structures and cultural differences within the United States. This panel focuses on how race, racism, and xenophobia manifest in each panelist's work and how the legal, policy, and advocacy community can push for more racially equitable immigration laws and policies. The panel is moderated by David Muehlke, who serves as The Fletcher School’s State Department Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year. Participants include:• Mahsa Khanbabai, Attorney, Khanbabai Immigration Law • Ronald Claude, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Black Alliance for Just Immigration • Dr. Alexandra Piñeros-Shields, Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice of Racial Equity, Brandeis University • Pastor Dieufort Jean Fleurissaint, Senior Pastor, Total Health Christian Ministries and President, True Alliance CenterFind more information about RiT’s race and migration research here: more about the RiT project at more about the Henry J. Leir Institute for Migration and HumanSecurity at

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