Religious Exemptions & the Sanctuary Movement: Reclaiming "Religious Freedom" from the Christian Right

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 646
Apr 04
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 646

Religious Exemptions & the Sanctuary Movement: Reclaiming "Religious Freedom" from the Christian Right
A Lunchtime Talk with Professor Katherine Franke and Elizabeth Reiner Platt
Columbia Law School | 435 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10027
Jerome Greene Hall | Room 646
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Religious Exemptions & the Sanctuary Movement: Reclaiming "Religious Freedom" from the Christian Right

Over the past several years, religious exemptions have been used primarily as a tool to advance conservative beliefs about sex, marriage, and reproduction. However religious exemptions may also be used for progressive ends, from draft exemptions for conscientious objectors to laws that secure the religious rights of incarcerated people. This lunch talk will specifically address the use of religious exemptions in the immigration sanctuary movement. It will discuss the sanctuary trials of the 1980s, the current use of religious exemptions to protect immigrants and their allies, and the potential negative consequences of embracing exemption laws that have been used to harm LGBTQ people, women, people of color, and religious minorities.

Speakers include Professor Katherine Franke and Elizabeth Reiner Platt

Katherine Franke

Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.

Elizabeth Reiner Platt

Liz Platt is the Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, she was a Staff Attorney at MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project. After graduating from New York University School of Law, she was a Carr Center for Reproductive Justice Fellow at A Better Balance. During law school, Liz worked with the Urban Justice Sex Workers Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Brennan Center for Justice. In 2013, she published Gangsters to Greyhounds: The Past, Present and Future of Offender Registration, 37 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 727 (2013).

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This event is co-supported by the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School.

This program is free and open to the public. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Liz Boylan, Associate Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at 212.854.0167 or [email protected].

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For questions and information about this event, contact Liz Boylan, Associate Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, at [email protected] or 212.854.0167.
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Lunch will be provided.