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This Friday's topic is "Baby Jail: How the US Government Pays a Private Corporation to Imprison Refugee Moms and Children" led by Professor Lydia Zepeda.

Lydia Zepeda is a Professor in the Department of Consumer Science. Her research on food production, consumption, and access is motivated by her family history: a great grandfather who lost his life trying to bring farm machinery to Mexico, a grandfather who lost his land and home in Mexico, an infant uncle who died of hunger in the US, many relatives who were agricultural workers in the US, and many more with type II diabetes.

"Over winter break, I spent a week in Dilley, Texas at the South Texas Family Detention Center (STFDC) as a volunteer Spanish translator for the CARA Pro Bono Project helping asylum seekers. The STFDC is a for-profit prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America and contracted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to imprison women and children seeking asylum. CARA is a non-profit working to free these families. As a volunteer, I heard first hand from women about why they fled El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. They told me about being held in the "Ice Box" and the "Dog Kennel" by US Border Patrol. I witnessed a Credible Fear hearing. I watched hearings with immigration judges. I translated for one of the ICE raid victims. As much as I thought I knew about immigration, what I learned shocked me. Yet what I experienced inspired me: the dedication of the CARA staff, the amazing volunteers, and the courage of the detained women."

Need something to do to unwind after a busy week? Join us every Friday for a free pastry and a choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at Afternoon Conversation Series (ACS)! We will be discussing current issues. ACS is held at the Prairie Fire Coffeehouse in Union South from 2:30-4pm every Friday.

ACS is a facilitated weekly experience where you can engage in friendly conversations over different interactive themes presented each week.

Come and join us for a relaxing Friday afternoon and make new friends. Refreshments are served on a first-come, first-served basis each week—come early to ensure your treat!

This free event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.

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