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Thursday Webinar: Connecting The War On Drugs To The War On Immigrants


drug policy alliance dea debate aspen ideas festivalThe Drug Policy Alliance, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Human Rights Watch invite you to join a free webinar on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 am Pacific / 12 pm Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern.

The drug war has increasingly become a war against immigrant communities.  Much as the drug war drives mass incarceration, it is also a major driver of mass deportation.  Over a quarter of a million people have been deported from the U.S. after convictions for drug offenses since 2007.

Unfortunately, while drug diversion programs are designed to help drug offenders avoid a criminal conviction and the damaging collateral consequences that can follow, many existing programs often fail both immigrants and citizens. For immigrants, even successful participation in a drug diversion program can result in deportation.  And both citizens and non-citizens are often better served by programs that avoid the criminal justice system altogether, like the nationally recognized LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program being piloted in cities across the US that diverts individuals charged with certain offenses to treatment before booking.

In 2015, the Drug Policy Alliance, Human Rights Watch, ILRC and many other criminal justice and immigrants’ rights groups joined forces to amend a California drug diversion program so immigrants could avoid federal consequences, including a deportable conviction. Although Governor Brown ultimately signed only one of two bills that passed the legislature, the bill nevertheless represents a major shift in state drug reform.

In this webinar, we will discuss the following:

  • Human Rights Watch 2015 report and statistics on immigrants deported for drug offenses;
  • Why state drug reform should include immigrants;
  • Example of an alliance between criminal justice and immigration reform advocates for drug reform;
  • How LEAD and pre-booking diversion works;
  • Potential strategies for your state.

The panelists:

  • Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Board Member
  • Armando Gudino, Drug Policy Alliance, California Policy Manager;
  • Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Supervising Attorney; and
  • Grace Meng, Human Rights Watch, US Program Senior Researcher.

Please note, CLE credits are not available for this webinar.

Please register for Connecting the War on Drugs to the War on Immigrants on Thursday, May 12, at 11 am PST / 12 pm MST / 1 pm CST / 2 pm EST by going to this registration page:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For questions, please contact Human Rights Watch, US Program associate Maya Goldman at goldmam@hrw.org.

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  1. Thomas Presley on

    US Paratrooper, MP Officer. I will help send you there. Keep voting for the insiders and America will be finished soon. You and your socialism Crazy Bernie.
    Country via corporations would NEVER BUY INTO SOCIALISM nor would they cough up cash to make you happy. Private or SP 4 I surmise.
    Look at all the previous so called Presidents. NEXT TO NONE are presidential material. BULL $HIT LIARS. OBEY ME THE WORST OF THE WORST! America NEEDS a NON CORRUPT, NON CORPORATE OWNED, LEADER THAT KNOWS BUSINESS, not a bathhouse play boy that hates whites, loves wide open borders, loves tranny bathrooms for more sexual predators etc, etc, etc. Country has next to NO GDP his entire two terms. Fool should have been sent to hell over 7 years ago. NO MORE CAREER CORRUPT POLITICIANS.

  2. Fungi Sclerotia 1427 on

    President BERNARD SANDERS,
    President BERNARD SANDERS,
    President BERNARD SANDERS…

  3. saynotohypocrisy on

    Win or lose, I’ll stick with calling him impulsive vulgar demagogue Trump, thanks.

  4. Closet Warrior on

    If the people of this country elect Trump then I Wil gladly move to Canada because the people’s choice reflects of their judgment and intelligence and I will never utter the words president trump even if he does get elected because in my eyes he’s just not presidential material. Read a book and quit watching Fox news!

  5. Closet Warrior on

    Sanders stands for what a lot of the country believes in and what our country used to be like until the republicans turned it into a police’s state full of fear mongers and yes men! The republican party doesn’t even admit global warming is real and that’s scary because it’s been scientifically proven! Furthermore, the LIES we’ve all had to endure from Vietnam, JFKs murder, the plastic island the size of Texas floating in the ocean, the Iraq war…You Guys are doing a bang up job. Keep on believing yourself. Ha ha!

  6. You my friend are delusional… You better start practicing saying, President Trump.

  7. While I agree with Drumpf on that ONE single issue (enforcement of employment laws that EVERY country has, difference between us and Canada is, Canada enforces theirs)- it isn’t worth having a prez that’s buddies with Chris Christie, or one that makes WWIII look like a likely event.

    Sanders 2016

  8. Closet Warrior on

    Its about OPPRESSION!!! Fuck Trump, he’s a land grabbing, greedy con man and all you sheep are buying into it. I’m glad the flock is voting for trump in their states because a vote for him now is a vote for the Democrats in the primary because anyone with common sense can see through his bullshit. His own party doesn’t even acknowledge that he’s a republican, he’s more liberal and they don’t want him representing the GOP or our country. He’s an embarrassment! He plays golf on Sundays w/Bill Clinton and gave a lot of donations to THE BILLARY FUND! Do your homework pal, this has all been a ploy to get Hillary in the White House. FEEL THE BERNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. It’s Not about immigrants, it’s about illegal Immigrants. BIG DEFERENCE!!

    TRUMP/2016 ??

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