June 19 2019, 12:30pm ET
Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From Home
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
12:30 PM Eastern Time
Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for an urgent panel discussion on the mounting obstacles confronting people forced from home. In the United States, across Europe, and around the world, refugee protections are increasingly ignored. This is the alarming new normal: millions of vulnerable people are stranded with no place to turn. Safe and legal routes are closed off. Refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants are turned away by governments, and even sent back into danger. People seeking safety are being treated like criminals—and so are individuals and organizations providing lifesaving humanitarian aid.
From Mexico to the Mediterranean and beyond, MSF teams witness the impact of harsh deterrence policies on people’s medical and mental health.
The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Stillman, staff writer for The New Yorker and director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School, and will feature Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project; Dr. Craig Spencer, member of MSF-USA’s board of directors and director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center; and María Hernández Matas, project coordinator for MSF's migrants project in Mexico; and Bianca Benvenuti, MSF-Italy advocacy officer and migration policy specialist, and a research fellow for the Istanbul Policy Centre. This timely conversation, on the eve of World Refugee Day, will examine what it means to deny security to those who most need it, and how we can develop a more humanitarian response to this humanitarian crisis.
At the time of the event, tune in to our webcast here.