World of Law: Central American Refugee Crisis

January 17, 2017

BYU Law Professor Kif Augustine–Adams will present January’s World of Law lecture on Wednesday, January 19, 2017, at noon in 205 JRCB. Professor Augustine–Adam’s lecture is entitled, “The Central American Refugee Crisis.”

Professor Augustine–Adams recently received a university Mentoring Environment Grant to build on her pro bono work at an immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas. Along with several law school colleagues, Professor Augustine–Adams created an externship for law students to provide front-line legal triage to a highly vulnerable population, primarily women and children fleeing violence in Central America.

Professor Augustine–Adams’ scholarship centers on intersections among gender, race, and citizenship in the Americas, with particular focus on early 20th Century Mexico. She teaches feminist legal theory and professional responsibility, courses relevant to the gendered nature of the Central American refugee crisis and the role of law schools and lawyers in ameliorating it. She publishes in both English and Spanish. Prior to joining the BYU law faculty in 1995, Professor Augustine-Adams practiced administrative law with Covington & Burling in Washington D.C.

The World of Law lecture series is designed to help undergraduate students explore a degree in law and to meet and interact with law school faculty members. All of the presenters are BYU Law professors.