2nd Binational Conference México-United States

11.15.17

Location: UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207 All day

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd Binational Conference.  Close to 300 people registered to exchange ideas, thoughts, and research on the transnational responsibility of social work in migratory processes and human rights.  See our group photos below and watch videos from some of the conference activities.


Nov. 15, 2017
Binational Conference Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address (En Inglés)

Welcome by UTSA President Taylor Eighmy and Councilman Rey Saldaña
1st Keynote address by Dean Rogelio Sáenz


Nov. 15, 2017
Panel 1 and Keynote Address (En Español and Inglés)

Panel 1:  Ethics and Current Social Work Practice with Migrant Populations and Families in Mexico and the United States - Outlining the Vision of Social Work Program Directors
2nd Keynote Address: Forced Immigration: Poverty, Human Trafficking and the U.S.-Mexico Border
Melissa Torres, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Human Trafficking Research Portfolio, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Nov. 15, 2017
Book Presentation from 1st Binational Conference (en Español)

Amelia Iruetagoyena Quiroz, PhD, Director of the Division of Social Sciences of the University of Sonora, Pedro Isnardo de la Cruz, PhD, Research Coordinator for the National School of Social Work, Autonomous University of Mexico, 
Professor Olivia Peralta Montoya, Director of the Department of Social Work, Division of Social Sciences, University of Sonora

Nov. 16, 2017
Keynote Address
The Future of Transnational Social Protection of the Rights of Migrant Children and Adolescents in a Context of Access to Justice (en Español)
María Elena Ramos Tovar, Ph.D.



Nov. 16, 2017
DACA, Dreamers and Social Work

State Rep. Diego Bernal, Facilitator, Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL (Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle) Houston, Texas, Fátima Menéndez, Legislative Staff Attorney - Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and Andrea Fernandez, Dreamer, College of Public Policy student, and member of the Immigrant Youth Leadership of UTSA

Social Work CEU's will be provided!


The UTSA Department of Social Work of the College of Public Policy in partnership with the *Red Nacional de Instituciones de Education Superior en Trabajo Social present

The 2017 2nd Binational Conference México-United States
Nov. 15-16, 2017

The transnational responsibility of social work in migratory processes and human rights in México and the United States

The University of Texas at San Antonio, Downtown Campus
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall and the UTSA Conference Center

Conference Overview

The 2nd Binational Conference Mexico-United States will focus on the transnational responsibility of social work in migratory processes and human rights in Mexico and the U.S.  How do U.S. public policies regarding migration affect other countries?  What is the social workers' responsibility toward human rights?  Schools of social work in Mexico will be dealing with many migrants returning to Mexico due to new immigration laws.  The conference aims to establish intervention protocols that contribute to the professional training of social workers and propose lines of research that explain the scenarios, processes, and transnational spaces that produce migration and how the social worker would participate.

The UTSA Department of Social Work and the College of Public Policy have partnered with The National Network of Higher Education Institutions in Social Work to host this significant two-day conference on Nov. 15-16, 2017 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.  Experts on migration processes and human rights will cover topics on immigration policy of the U.S, social work intervention with the migrant population, justice and due process with unaccompanied minors and immigrant families, deportation and forced return to new environments, developing strategies for social workers, and the non-government organizations and social actors who develop public policy strategies for the return of migrants in the most vulnerable state.

Registration

WE ARE AT FULL CAPACITY


Schedule of Activities
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NOV. 15, 2017

9:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION - Buena Vista St. Bldg., BV 1.338 (Meeting Assembly Room)

OPENING CEREMONY - Buena Vista St. Bldg., BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Lecture Hall)

WELCOME REMARKS
Councilman Rey Saldaña, District 4

Rey Saldaña was first elected to serve as a San Antonio City Councilmember for District 4 on May 14, 2011. Councilman Saldaña is a lifelong resident of City Council District 4 and a proud graduate of South San Antonio High School. After graduating from high school, Councilman Saldaña received a Gates Millennium full academic scholarship to attend Stanford University in California, where he earned two bachelor's degrees in political science and communication, as well as a fifth-year master's degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies through Stanford's School of Education. While in California, Councilman Saldaña worked with the John W. Gardner Center and Stanford's Institute for Research on Educational Policy and Programs to promote educational advancement through collaborative research. He also served as a coordinator for Kids with Dreams, a community program that provides therapeutic activities for children suffering from disabilities. Long a deep believer in the importance of education, he returned to San Antonio after completing his studies at Stanford to address educational challenges in the city. Councilman Saldaña served as the Chief Engagement Officer for KIPP: San Antonio and has also worked with the national organization, Communities in Schools. Since 2011, Councilman Saldana has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. Councilman Saldaña is a former captain of South San's varsity baseball team and a three-year member of Stanford's baseball team, which earned a trip to the NCAA Division I College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska in 2008. Although his playing days are now over, he continues to maintain an active lifestyle. In his spare time, he can often be found jogging throughout the district, and encouraging his friends and neighbors to run with him. He is joined in San Antonio by his parents, Reynold and Marisela Saldaña, and four siblings: Vanessa, Rodrigo, Rene, and Ramiro. On December 13, 2014, Rey married Jessica Flynn at a ceremony held at San Fernando Cathedral. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Rey and Jessica recently purchased a new home in the heart of District 4 and serve as foster parents for two rescue dogs.

WELCOME REMARKS - BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Lecture Hall)

UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, Ph.D.

Taylor Eighmy is the 6th president of The University of Texas at San Antonio.
As an advocate for urban-serving public higher education, Eighmy is passionate about UTSA’s role in developing San Antonio’s knowledge economy by preparing future leaders and generating new knowledge that changes the world.
Eighmy brings a strong track record of advancing top-tier research universities through strategic government collaborations, public-private partnerships and community engagement. Eighmy’s experiences as an administrative leader, researcher, inventor and professor influenced his perspective as a champion of student success, particularly regarding the impact of experiential learning and undergraduate research programs.
Prior to arriving at UTSA in September 2017, Eighmy served as the chief research officer at three top-tier public flagship universities: the University of New Hampshire, Texas Tech University and, most recently, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
While at the University of Tennessee, Eighmy and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory directed efforts that resulted in the University of Tennessee’s selection to lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, a $259 million public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.


11:00 a.m. 
KEYNOTE

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Lecture Hall)

Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, Dean and Mark G. Yudof Professor, College of Public Policy

"Assessment and Outlook of U.S. Immigration Policy"

Rogelio Sáenz is Dean of the College of Public Policy and holds the Mark G. Yudof Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sáenz has written extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnic relations, inequality, immigration, public policy, social justice, and human rights. He is co-author of Latinos in the United States: Diversity and Change (Polity Press) and is also co-editor of The International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity (Springer Press). Sáenz regularly writes op-ed essays on current demographic, social, race, economic, and political issues with his contributions appearing in such newspapers as the Austin American-Statesman, El Paso Times, New York Times, Rio Grande Guardian, and the San Antonio Express-News. He is also a Policy Fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.


12:00 p.m.
LUNCH - BV 1.338 (Meeting Assembly Room)

1:00 p.m.

PANEL 1 - BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Lecture Hall)    Ethics and current social work practice with migrant populations and families in Mexico and the United States.  Outlining the vision of social work program directors.

Panelists:
Dr. Martell Teasley, Dean of the College of Social Work, University of Utah
Professor Leticia Cano Soriano, Director of the National School of Social Work of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Professor Olivia Peralta Montoya, Director of the Department of Social Work, Division of Social Sciences, University of Sonora

2:15 P.M.
PLENARY SESSION - BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Lecture Hall)

Forced Immigration: Poverty, Trafficking in Persons and the U.S.-Mexico Border

Melissa Maldonado Torres, Ph.D., MSW
Director of the Human Trafficking Research Portfolio at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin

BREAK

4:30 p.m.
BOOK PRESENTATION FROM 1ST BINATIONAL CONFERENCE - Durango Building, DB 1.116 (La Villita Room)

5:15 p.m.
PANEL 2A - Durango Building, DB 1.120 (Paseo A Room)

Social emergencies and high priority scenarios for social work intervention.

PANEL 2BDurango Building, DB 1.120 (Paseo B Room)
Deportation and forced return: new socio-familiar, socio-educational and labor/work environments

PANEL 2C - Durango Building, DB 1.204C (El Mercado Room)
Communities, organizations, and models of support for migrant families and populations.



NOV. 16, 2017

9-10:00 a.m.

BREAKFAST - Durango Building, DB 1.124 (River Walk Room)

10:00 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION - Durango Building, DB 1.116 (La Villita Room)

The future of transnational social protection of the rights of migrant children and adolescents in a context of access to justice.

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Dra. María Elena Ramos Tovar
Professor a the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Fac. Trabajo Social y Desarrollo Humano

11:15 a.m.
PANEL 3A - Durango Building, DB 1.120 (Paseo A Room)

Educational institutions and social and governmental actors with an impact on decision-makers in the public and private sectors related to cross-border issues.

PANEL 3B - Durango Building, DB 1.120 (Paseo B Room)

Ethical and binational contexts of research and the exercise of human rights of the migrant population.

PANEL 3C - Durango Building, DB 1.2014 (El Mercado Room)

Interdisciplinary perspectives for the transnational professional practice of social work, with a focus on human rights in complex migration processes.

PANEL 3D - Durango Building, DB 1.124 (River Walk Room)

Prospective on public policies and social interventions with migrant families and unaccompanied children.

12:30 p.m.
LUNCH - Durango Building, DB 1.116 (La Villita Room)

1:30 p.m.  
BINATIONAL COMMISSION MEETING - Buena Vista Building, BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Auditorium)
Lic. Ramón Ramírez Valtierra, Jefe de la Unidad de Política Migratoria, Secretaría de Gobernación, Gobierno Federal. Presentación del Informe Prontuario sobre migración y movilidad

Proposal for a binational research project focused on intervention with migrants, including case study.

2:15 p.m.
DREAMERS PANEL - Buena Vista Building, BV 1.328 (Aula Canaria Auditorium)

State Rep. Diego Bernal will facilitate panel about the current state of affairs for Dreamers in the U.S. and DACA
Representative Diego Bernal was born in South Texas and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Jefferson High School, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Master's in Social Work, and law degree. After graduating from law school, he returned to San Antonio permanently as a MALDEF staff attorney. He was elected to the San Antonio City Council representing District 1 in 2011. Representative Bernal was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in February 2015. He represents District 123, home to downtown and north central San Antonio, parts of the city's west side, along with the City of Castle Hills. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education and also sits on the House Committee on Urban Affairs, and the House Committee on House Administration. For more information and a full biography on State Representative Diego Bernal please visit his website

PANELISTS:
Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director, FIEL (Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha)
Andrea Fernandez, Dreamer y miembro del Immigrant Youth Leadership de UTSA
Fátima Menéndez, Legislative Staff Attorney, MALDEF

3:15 p.m.   

BINATIONAL COMMISSION ROUND TABLE WORK GROUP OF EXPERTS AND SPEAKERS - Durango Building, DB 1.124 (River Walk Room)
Establishing commitments between institutions and social and governmental actors toward the development of public policies that visualize migration as a transnational social condition.

4:45 p.m.
CLOSING

*English Translation:  National Network of Higher Education Institutions in Social Work 

Click here to download copy of the conference flyer

Hotel accommodations
Cutoff date: Tuesday, Nov. 7

Hotel reservations will be available through the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel located on 502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78207.

Use the UTSA-Bi International Conference Reservation Link to reserve your room at the group rate. Please use the group code U17. Book by Nov. 2, 2017 to lock in the special rate. Rates for UTSA guests are as follows: $108/night for single room and $118/night for double occupancy. For direct assistance, call Jennifer Perez at 210-388-0322. (Habla español)
Please reserve rooms by Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Maps and Directions to Doubletree Hotel

How to Get Here

From the Airport
San Antonio International Airport

Directions
Hwy 281 South, Exit Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. (formerly Durango Blvd.) turn Right - Hotel is 1 mile on left

Distance from Hotel:
11 mi.

Drive Time:
20 min.

Click on link for a map of the DoubleTree by Hilton other and hotel details.

Maps
Please visit http://www.utsa.edu/visit/downtown-campus.html for a map of the downtown campus. Event will be held in the Buena Vista St. Bldg. Aula Canaria and the Durango Bldg. in the newly constructed Conference Center.

Parking

Parking for both days of the conference is free of charge in unmarked spaces only (spaces that are not Fac/Staff A, Fac/Staff B, and reserved) under the IH-35 bridge in Lot D-3. Entrance to Lot D-3 is located by Pecos la Trinidad and W. César E. Chávez Blvd. Please see map below.

About the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus

Located in the heart of San Antonio’s business, social and cultural scenes, the UTSA Downtown Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development. Approximately one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus. The urban campus is home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting community wide events.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution with nearly 29,000 students. It is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.