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2012.04.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

OLLAS Charla Series Features Conversation About U.S. Immigration Legal System

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will end its 2011-2012 Charla series at noon on Tuesday, April 24 with a conversation with Attorney Emiliano Lerda in the Milo Bail Student Center Umoho Room.

Lerda will present a lecture titled “Understanding the U.S. Immigration Legal System: Challenges & Opportunities,” which addresses the legal challenges faced by immigrants.

Lerda, an Argentine-born attorney, is the executive director of Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska. He will speak about the maze of rules and laws that affect the lives of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. and the role small legal clinics are playing in helping immigrants navigate these rapidly changing rules.

“The truth is that these populations have been largely stigmatized in the current political landscape,” said Dr. Juan Casas, OLLAS interim director and psychology associate professor “They are not just numbers, these are real people with real families facing very difficult situations.”

This Charla (which means “chat” or “conversation” in Spanish) is sponsored by OLLAS and is part of an annual series of lectures provided for the UNO community and larger Omaha communities.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku, 402.554.3835, or visit the OLLAS website: www.unomaha.edu/ollas.

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