Georgia's Undocumented Workforce is a multi-disciplinary conference. Panels and papers will address legal, social, and economic issues related to undocumented immigrant workers in Georgia. The conference program is listed below. To register online for the conference, go to Kennesaw State University's Continuing Education website
and click on "Conferences and Facilities," then look for the conference title.
Georgia’s Undocumented Workforce
Thursday, September 7. Registration opens at noon.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Welcome and introductions
2:30-4:00 p.m. Session 1 (plenary session)
“A Tale of Two Georgia Cities- Dalton and Gainsville: The Local Response to Undocumented Migration,” by Paul A. Harris and William E. Baker. Dr. Harris is Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Augusta State University; Dr. Baker is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University.
“Georgia's Recent Immigration Law: A Social, Economic, and Political Analysis,” by Alan Lebaron. Dr. Lebaron is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University and Director of the Maya Heritage Community Project.
4:00-4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-5:30 p.m. Session 2 (concurrent sessions)
2A. “Undocumented Injured Workers and Georgia’s Worker Compensation Law: Current and Developing Law and Public Policy,” by Tisha Tallman. Ms. Tallman is the Southeast Regional Counsel of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a non-profit located in Atlanta, Georgia.
2B. “Criminal Defendants and Immigrant Criminal Defendants Before American Juries,” by David Timothy Schaffer. Mr. Schaffer is senior conference editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law at the University of Georgia.
2C. “Illegal Immigrants and the Tax Base,” by Mario Delgado. Mr. Delgado is a Rural Development Specialist with the US Department of Agriculture based in Gainesville, Georgia.
6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Address by Ruben Hernandez-Leon. Dr. Hernandez-Leon is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA and has authored and co-authored and co-edited numerous books and articles, including New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States (from the Russell Sage Foundation, 2005).
Friday, Sept. 8
9:00-10:00 a.m. Address by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. Dr. Suárez-Orozco is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous books, including Latinos: Remaking America (published by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and University of California Press, 2002) and The New Immigration: An Interdisciplinary Reader (forthcoming from Routledge).
10:30-11:30 a.m. (concurrent sessions) Session 3
3A. “Prenatal Care Barriers and Facilitators for Pregnant Immigrant Latina Women,” by Carol Holtz & Annette Bairan. Drs. Holtz and Bairan are Professors of Nursing at Kennesaw State University.
3B. “Improving the Socioeconomic Status of Georgia’s Undocumented Immigrants: A Land-Grant University’s Response,” by Allison McWilliams and Jennifer Frum. Ms. Frum is assistant director of the Office of International Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia.
3C. “Immigrant Impact on Georgia’s Non-Profit Sector,” by Darlene Xiomara Rodríguez. Ms. Rodriguez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia.
1:30-3:00 p.m. Workshop: Where Do We Go From Here? Moderator: Carol Pierannunzi, Director, Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research.
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