Speakers Include Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Former President of Ireland

The national debate over immigration reform is one of the most controversial issues of our time.

On Thursday, May 25, New York University and its Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS) in the Steinhardt School will present a full-day conference on global migration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, and the Pew Hispanic Center.

The event will be webcast live. For further information, please visit http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/igems/CONFERENCE/program.html for updates.

The event will feature as keynote speakers the Hon. Luis Ernesto Derbez, Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who will discuss “A Human Rights Approach to Migration.”

This is Secretary Derbez’s first public address in the U.S. since the Senate began its debate over immigration policy. The title of his address is “Towards a New Global Migration Policy: A Mexican Perspective.”

“Rethinking Global Migration: New Realities, New Opportunities, New Challenges” will be held on May 25 at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall (100 Washington Square East) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For the full program on Rethinking Global Migration visit http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/igems/CONFERENCE/program.html.

The conference will also feature panel discussions by Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education and co-Director of Immigration Studies at NYU, along with other top scholars of migration in the United States and Mexico. The panels will provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the latest research and policy analysis relevant to contemporary migration proposals in the Unites States Congress.

Secretary Derbez will begin his remarks at 2 pm and will be available briefly to answer questions from the news media at the conclusion of the conference.

For media RSVPs and for further information, contact James Devitt, NYU Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

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