On June 20, World Refugee Day, Lara Nettelfield (Senior Lecturer in Human Rights) and Rebecca Kobrin (Russell and Bettina Knapp Professor of American Jewish History) published "We Need Racial Equality in the US Asylum System Too" on Public Seminar.
On World Refugee Day, the United Nations seeks to raise awareness and educate the public about refugees, their basic rights, their situation around the world, and the responsibilities of states to grant them asylum.
The spontaneous protest movement that has engulfed the United States, after millions of people watched in horror as officers of the state murdered a defenseless man, speaks to the violence and disenfranchisement familiar to most refugees. They, too, have often personally faced state violence in their former homes and they understand what it means to fear police who kill for no reason and to be forced to run for their lives.
Photograph: Memorial coffins at the Tijuana-San Diego border for those who died crossing. Tomas Castelazo, tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0