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



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
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.

Call for Papers
Deadline for abstract submissions: Sept. 15, 2017

We invite abstract submissions for this conference. Accepted papers will be grouped into panels that include scholars from both Mexico and the U.S., with special interest in papers in these areas: Outcomes of intervention and support of migrant populations, justice and due process for unaccompanied minors and immigrant families, social emergencies and high priority situations for social work intervention, deportation and forced return, organizational and community support models for migrant families and populations, policy advocacy and development on cross-border issues, strategies regarding return of vulnerable migrants, ethical considerations in work with migrant populations, and new methods for transnational social work emphasizing human rights within complex migratory processes.

Submission guidelines:  Each abstract submission should include a title and a summary of 200 to 250 words clearly expressing the primary ideas of the work. Attention should be given to one or more of the areas described above. Implications for policy or social work practice should be delineated. The submission must include: Name(s) of author(s), Institutional Affiliation(s), and email address(es). Abstract submissions should be emailed to Michelle.Skidmore@utsa.edu. The review committee will notify authors about acceptance decisions on Sept. 22, 2017. Accepted authors will have until Oct. 18, 2017 to submit full papers for future publication (15 to 30 pages in length).  Click here to download the Call for Papers flyer .

Registration

Registration is free.  Click here to register for the conference.


Hotel accommodations

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.

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 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.


Schedule of Activities

NOV. 15, 2017

9:30 a.m.
BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION

10:00 a.m.
OPENING CEREMONY
The future of the transnational protection of the rights of child and adolescent migrants within the context of access to justice.

11:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE SESSION
Assessment and outlook of U.S. immigration policy

12:00 p.m

LUNCH

1:00 p.m.
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.

PANEL 1B
Experiences of social work support and intervention with migrant populations, with a focus on impact and tangible results.

12:15 P.M.
PLENARY SESSION
Justice and due process for unaccompanied minors and immigrant families.  Assessing areas for social work intervention.

BREAK

4:30 p.m.
BOOK PRESENTATION FROM 1ST BINATIONAL CONFERENCE

5:15 p.m.
PANEL 2
Social emergencies and high priority scenarios for social work intervention.

PANEL 2B
Deportation and forced return: new socio-familiar, socio-educational and labor/work environments

PANEL 2C
Communities, organizations, and models of support for migrant families and populations.

6:00 p.m.
RECEPTION



NOV. 16, 2017

9-10:00 a.m.
BREAKFAST

10:00 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION
The future of the transnational protection of the rights of child and adolescent migrants within the context of access to justice.

11:15 a.m.
PANEL 3
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 3A
NGOs and social and governmental actors that develop public policy strategies regarding the return of those migrants who are in the most vulnerable state.

PANEL 3B
New strategies and methodologies for professional transnational social work practice, with an emphasis on human rights within complex migratory processes.

12:30 p.m.
LUNCH

1:30 p.m.  
BINATIONAL COMMISSION MEETING
Proposal for a binational research project focused on intervention with migrants, including case study.

2:30 p.m.  
BINATIONAL ROUND TABLE WORK GROUP OF EXPERTS AND SPEAKERS
Establishing commitments between institutions and social and governmental actors toward the development of public policies that visualize migration as a transnational social condition.

3:30 p.m.  
CLOSING

4:00 p.m.  
BREAK

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

Click here to download copy of the conference flyer