MEDIA ADVISORY: Impact of Muslim Travel Ban Is Focus of Symposium at USC Gould School of Law


--()--The Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, in collaboration with USC’s Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative, will host “The Muslim Travel Ban: Policy Responses and Future Impact on Immigration,” bringing together thought leaders and scholars in academia to discuss the legal, political and social analysis of the creation of the ban, the public discourse surrounding it, and its impact.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. PT.

WHERE: USC Gould School of Law Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor (map and directions).

WHAT: The conference features two panel discussions.

Panel 1 includes scholars specializing in travel ban and immigration-related research presenting findings on the impact of migration to the U.S. and future repercussions. Panelists have been selected for publication in Issue IV of Volume 29 of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.

Panel 2 includes academics, policymakers, and other interested parties and will further elaborate on the effects of the Ban and the future of immigration law and policies in the U.S., specifically how such policies will affect Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities and how the expanded version of the travel ban affects black Muslims and targets the most vulnerable populations: persecuted refugees.

More information on the symposium is available here.

PARKING: Figueroa St. parking structure recommended – beside the USC Hotel on the northeast corner of Figueroa St. and Exposition Blvd. Map:


Breakfast and Check-In: 8:30-9 a.m.

Opening Remarks – 9:00-9:30 a.m.

Claudia Fendian, Editor-in-Chief, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal

Brie Loskota, Executive Director, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

PANEL ONE 9:30–11:15 a.m. – The Future of Immigration to the U.S.

Moderator: Prof. Sam Erman, USC Gould School of Law

Prof. Brian Owsley, College of Law, University of North Texas

Jacob Thomas, PhD Student, Sociology Department, UCLA

Kristin Garrity, Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University

PANEL TWO 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – The Muslim Travel Ban’s Impact on Shaping Policy

Moderator: Elle Fersan, Director, USC Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI)

Elica Vafaie, Attorney and President, Iranian American Bar Association of Northern California

Azadeh Shahshahani, Attorney and Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South

Nana Gyamfi, Attorney and Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Ramla Sahid, Executive Director, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)

Lunch with Panelists – 12:55-1:30 p.m.


Leslie Ridgeway, 213-740-9690 (office), 619-252-4984 (mobile) or




Leslie Ridgeway, 213-740-9690 (office), 619-252-4984 (mobile) or