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Jan. 25th ABA Webinar: Electronic Monitoring of Migrants: Alternative to Detention or Just Another Form of Punitive Custody?

January 13, 2023 (1 min read)


"This webinar will discuss the dramatic rise in the use of electronic monitoring of migrants, including through ankle monitors and phone app technology. It will ask whether electronic monitoring presents a positive move away from immigration detention for migrants or instead expands government deprivation of liberty by increasing the number of migrants impacted and the length of time they remain in some form of custody. Our panel will also examine the cost and effectiveness of monitoring as a means of fulfilling the purported justification for both detention and monitoring–ensuring that migrants appear for their immigration proceedings. In doing so, the panelists will consider electronic monitoring of migrants carried out by private companies in the context of the “What Works” literature on the management of pre-trial situations. Finally, the webinar will offer migrant perspectives on the experience of living with electronic surveillance and will consider negative consequences of widespread monitoring, including medical and other impacts.

- Dr. Scott A. Allen – Medical Director, The Access Clinic, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
- Dr. Austin Kocher – Research Assistant Professor, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
- Dr. Carolina Sanchez Boe – Carlsberg Fellow, IMC, Aarhus University, Affiliate of The Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime, City University of New York
- Dr. Dora B. Schriro – Special Advisor, ABA Commission on Immigration; Corrections Expert and Advisor
- Denise L. Gilman (Moderator) – Director, Immigration Clinic, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law; Clinical Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law; Member, Immigration Advisory Commission, ABA Commission on Immigration; Liaison to the ABA Commission on Immigration, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Live transcription will be available.

Time: Jan 25, 2023 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)"