Sanctuary Law: Can Religious Liberty Protect Immigrants?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105
435 West 116th Street, New York, NY


Co-hosted by the The Law, Rights, and Religion Project (formerly the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project, Columbia Law School), and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), this program will comprise a panel discussion with a diverse group of experts considering the role of religion in the immigrants’ rights movements of the 1980s and today.

In an era in which the idea of “religious liberty” has largely been co-opted by the Christian Right to signify protections for conservative beliefs about sex, marriage, and reproduction, what does “religious liberty” mean for undocumented people and immigration activists of faith? (How) should the law accommodate the religious belief that families and communities should not be torn apart by deportation, or that individuals have a right to migrate? Moreover, what effect will arguing for these rights in religious terms have on LGBTQ+ immigrants or immigrants who need reproductive health care?

This program is free and open to the public.

Registration is required.