Past IRC Events


Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country

October 29, 2008
Dinner, Discussion, and Book-Signing by Mike Kim

The WCL Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association and the Immigrants' Rights Coalition invite you to join us for dinner, discussion and a book-signing with author Mike Kim. Mr. Kim's new book details the inspirational stories of North Korean refugees who overcame immense obstacles to flee the repressive regime of their home country. During his time on the Chinese border, Mr. Kim assisted numerous individuals in their quest for asylum through the 6,000 mile "modern-day underground railroad" through Asia. Mr. Kim is the founder of Crossing Borders, an NGO providing aid to North Korean refugees, and he is one of very few Americans that has gained access into the secretive North Korean regime. Please join us for dinner and discussion with the author. There will be a book-signing following the event and a limited number of copies of the book will be available. To reserve a copy before the event, please contact

"The power of 'Escaping North Korea' stems from the stories Mr. Kim tells. During his four years in China, he met hundreds of escapees from the North. He reconstructs their tales -- of the privations of daily existence in North Korea, of life on the lam in China -- in heartbreaking detail… There are many heroes in Mr. Kim's book, not least the author himself." —The Wall Street Journal

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Civil Rights and Health Disparities

March 6, 2007
A panel discussion on eliminating Health Disparities from the legal, policy and community activism perspective in the United States.
Co-sponsored by the IRC Health Committee, the Health Law and Justice Initiative (HLJI) and The Latino/a Law Student Association (LaLSA)

Immigrants' Rights Happy Hour: Focus on Detention

April 5, 2007
The sequel to our successful fall Immigrants' Rights Happy Hour. This semester's happy hour will benefit the Detention Project at the Capitol Area Immigrants' Rights' Coalition (CAIR Coalition). To learn more about CAIR Coalition, please visit their website.

Immigration Detention Center Visit with Capitol Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition)

April 13, 2007
Volunteers will interview detainees to learn their stories and goals. If the detainee has a legal defense to deportation or is eligible for relief such as asylum, CAIR Coalition will work with pro-bono attorneys to find representation. The volunteer’s preliminary interview with the detainees may be vital to their obtaining immigration relief. Organized by the IRC Detention Committee

Forced Labor and Slavery: The Other Side of Trafficking

February 8, 2007
This was a one-day conference is aimed at lawyers, advocates and students who are interested in learning more about labor trafficking. Expert panelists from Human Rights Watch, the FBI, the US Attorney's Office, the AFL-CIO, the ACLU and several advocacy groups discussed the various issues that confront practitioners in their struggle to combat forced labor and address the needs of survivors. Click here for media coverage of this event, by Voice of America. Organized by the IRC Trafficking Committe and the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education, part of the Founders Celebration 2007

The World's Refugees, IDPs and Their Right of Return

February 7, 2007
Organized by the Society for Justice in Israel/Palestine, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, the IRC Refugee Committee, and the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education, co-sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association, the Arab Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association, part of the Founders Celebration 2007


Health Policy Implications for Neglected Populations

November 16, 2006
A panel discussion on current health issues among immigrant communities.
Organized by the IRC Health Committee and the Health Law and Justice Initiative (HLJI)

Detention Center Justice: Stories from the Inside

November 15, 2006
This was a lunch panel in which two experts in detention, along with a former detainee, discussed the issues involved in representing immigrants in detention and the difficulties faced by immigrant detainees in obtaining access to justice.
Organized by the IRC Detention Committee