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DACA: A Dying Dream?

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Wednesday 9/20
5:15 pm
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International House Philadelphia hosts a dialog with experts
Held in the South America Room, 2nd Floor

5:15- light snacks

5:30-7:00-panel discussion followed by Q & A

On September 5, President Trump announced he would let protections for ‘Dreamers’ under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) expire and called on congress to find a legislative solution for the fate of around 800,000 registered recipients who have been living in the US since they were children and are now working or attending college or university. A popular move in some circles and an unpopular one in many others, the decision has enormous legal, economic, political, and diplomatic implications.

International House Philadelphia brings together an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the history of DACA, its arc from inception in 2012 until now, and analysis of and predictions for its future and the destiny of the 1.1 million people eligible for the benefits of the program.  

Featured Speakers include:

Alicia Kerber, Head of the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia

Sarah Paoletti, Director, Transnational Legal Clinic at Penn Law and Practice Professor of Law  

Adam Solow, Attorney with the immigration and nationality law firm Solow, Isbell & Palladino

Anel Medina, DACA recipient 

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Speaker Bios

Alicia Kerber is Head Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia and has been a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1991. Consul Kerber has represented Mexico as Officer for Political Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Colombia; Consul of Mexico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and Deputy Representative of Mexico before the Organization of American States (Washington, D.C.). She also served at the Embassy of Mexico in Ireland, for three years as Deputy Head of Mission and before becoming the Head Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia in June 2016, she served as Consul of Mexico in Kansas City. Born in Mexico City, Ms. Kerber obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, a Master’s Degree in International Law and a Doctor’s Degree (PhD) in International Public Law, all from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During her tenure in Kansas City, among many other achievements, she promoted the creation of the first Window of Integral Attention to Women, the results of which allowed this program to be institutionalized in Mexico's 50 consulates in the United States. Consul Kerber strives to be a voice to the 49% female migrant population, ensuring those women benefit from the many services and programs at the Consular Representations of Mexico.


Sarah Paoletti directs the Transnational Legal Clinic, the law school’s international human rights and immigration clinic. Students enrolled in the clinic represent individual and organizational clients in a myriad of cases and projects that require them to grapple with international and comparative legal norms in settings that cut across borders, legal systems, cultures, and languages.  Paoletti’s research focuses on the intersection of human rights, migration, and labor law, and she has presented on this theme before the United Nations and the Organization of American States. She also works closely with advocates seeking application of international human rights norms in the United States.  Her recent scholarship includes: “Transnational Approaches to Transnational Exploitation: A Proposal for Bi-National Migrant Rights Clinics,” 30 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 1171 (Summer 2009), and “Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice,” 18 Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 337 (2011) (co-author).

Anel Abigail Mata Medina has been a DACA recipient since 2012. She was born in Mexico City in 1991 and arrived in the United States in 1996, when she was five years old. Most of her life she has resided in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Avondale. Anel studied nursing at Delaware County Community College and works at Penn Medicine Hospital in Chester County. She serves the community through volunteerism in the Kennett Square and Avondale area and as a Hispanic Community employee. Her goal is to continue studying to become a specialized nurse in order to help immigrants. In the future she expects to travel to Mexico so she can provide support to impoverished communities.


Adam Solow is an attorney at Solow, Isbell, & Palladino. He has extensive experience with family-based immigration and naturalization cases, non-immigrant visas, deportation defense, and appellate work. Mr. Solow obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and his J.D. from Villanova Law School in 2006.  During his time at Villanova, he participated in the Clinic for Asylum Refugee and Emigrant Services Clinic (CARES). He is admitted to both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State bars, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for New Jersey. He is the former Chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).



About the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for conducting Mexico's foreign policy through dialogue, cooperation, promotion of the country and care for Mexicans abroad, as well as to coordinate the international action of the Government of the Republic.

About Transnational Legal Clinic at Penn Law

Since 2006, The Transnational Legal Clinic at Penn Law has provided students the opportunity to represent individuals seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief from across the globe and have worked alongside and on behalf of international human rights and community-based organizations before regional and international human rights mechanisms on a range of rights-based issues, particularly as they relate to migrants and internally-displaced persons.