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Adler School, ICIRR Lead Coalition
 for April 5 Teach-in on Immigration, Incarceration 04.02.12
Adler School, ICIRR Lead Coalition
for April 5 Teach-in on Immigration, Incarceration

The Adler School of Professional Psychology’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice (IPSSJ) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (ICRR) have teamed to work with nearly 50 other organizations on a first-of-its-kind mass teach-in on April 5—on the interrelated issues of immigration and incarceration.

Convened at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) in partnership with the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, “Forced Out: A Unity Forum at the Crossroads of Deportation & Incarceration” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the UIC Student Center East, 750 E. Halsted in Chicago.

The forum will highlight Chicago and Cook County’s role at the epicenter of national debate over incarceration and deportation policy. Speakers will include:

  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has supported decreasing the number of youths who are locked up in the Cook County's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center,  and instead using an approach that places more emphasis on counseling, community-based programs and job skills training for offenders.
  • Elena Quintana, Ph.D., executive director of The Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, which studies how policies of mass detention and deportation come at an enormous cost to communities, families and taxpayers.
  • Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who last year sponsored a measure to prohibit Cook County Jail from holding inmates based on unreasonable Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Cook County is one of only a handful of counties and municipalities across the nation to refuse to comply with the Federal Secure Communities Program.

“More than 2.3 million people are held in American prisons at any given time,” said Quintana, a forum co-organizer. “Nearly 400,000 immigrants are deported each year. These represent the highest rates of incarceration and deportation in American history. Our punitive approach to safety and security in the United States is not working, and is in fact counter-productive. It’s time to explore new and innovative ways to approach the issues of incarceration and immigration.”

To register for the event, or for more information, email the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice at Admission is free.

Partner organizations include:

Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality (FORCE), Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), Project Nia, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Arise Chicago, Southwest Organizing Project, Enlace Chicago, UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, NALAAC, JCUA, Community Renewal Society, St. Agatha Catholic Church, Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, Office for Peace and Justice, Office for Immigrant Affairs and Education at the Archdiocese of Chicago, Center of Change, Casa Michoacan, Albany Park Theater Project, Transformative Justice Law Project, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Arab American Action Network, UIC African-American Cultural Center, Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy Program, Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, National Immigrant Justice Center, Tamms Year Ten Campaign, UIUC Labor Education Program, Interfaith Leadership Project, Mexican-American Coalition, Depaul Urban Egan Center, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Aurora University, Waubonsee University, NEIU – Justice Studies Department, Rogers Park Community Council, Independent Voters of Illinois, Latino Studies at Northwestern University, Latinos in Skokie, UCCIR, Human Rights Department at the University of Chicago, SEIU Local 73, United African Organization, Alternatives Education Institute, American Friends Service Committee, Teachers for Social Justice, Chicago Workers Collaborative, the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, CeaseFire and the 8th Day Center for Justice.

Following the forum, several organizations plan a “March to End Mass Detention” with stops at Daley Plaza, Chicago Public Schools and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Chicago office, and concluding with a prayer vigil to stop deportations. For more information about the march, contact Alex at the Community Renewal Society at

About the Adler School of Professional Psychology

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for more than 50 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
Adler School of Professional Psychology
312-662-4124 or via email