Conference Keynote Address: U.S. Refugee Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
April 7, 2011
U.S. Refugee Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: Balancing Humanitarian Obligations and Security Concerns presented by Prof. Maria Cristina Garcia of Cornell University. Since 1989, Americans have tried to design a refugee and asylum policy that effectively and humanely addresses the realities of displacement in the post-Cold War era. Most of those who now seek refuge in the United States do not meet the strict UN definition of the term "refugee" but have fled their homes because of a generalized climate of violence or discrimination. Court rulings have facilitated the accommodation of individuals who would never have received asylum during the Cold War: battered women, homosexuals, women fleeing cultural practices such as genital mutilation, persons with disabilities, children of abusive parents, victims of trafficking and torture, and individuals fleeing countries that practice coercive population control. This presentation highlights the challenges that US policymakers face in crafting refugee policy in the post-Cold War era. Lecture begins at 6:00 PM with reception to follow. Reservations requested; please contact Kate Viens at 617-646-0568 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the complete conference program and register online, please visit www.masshist.org/events/conferences.cfm.