Three Key Considerations for Saving DACA During COVID-19

 The cancellation of DACA during a pandemic deepens racialized systemic inequities. By Elle Fersan, Blanca Ramirez and Lizette Solorzano published in the CSII Immigrant Integration News Wire. June 17, 2020 Implemented during the Obama administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a quasi-legal status that provides beneficiaries temporary relief from deportation and work permits.… Continue reading Three Key Considerations for Saving DACA During COVID-19

Immigration & COVID-19

The Truman National Security Project featured me in The Truman Bulletin Member Spotlight (May 2020 Issue). They asked me about Immigration and COVID-19. Here is how the conversation went. How is Trump’s xenophobia and rhetoric impacting immigrants during the pandemic? It is important for Americans to understand that in times of pandemic our health depends, to… Continue reading Immigration & COVID-19

Trump’s Xenophobia Will Exacerbate Crisis

By Eliane Fersan, Kai Golden published in TheProgressive.

Trump has repeatedly chosen opportunism over public health, but crises should not be used for promoting restrictionist policies against immigrants.

Three Cases for the Immediate Reversal of the Department of Homeland Security’s Deadly Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP)

By Eliane Fersan, Kai Golden published in the CSII Immigrant Integration Wire. Better known as “Remain in Mexico,” the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), which went into effect January 2019, is a duplicitous non-entrée policy masquerading as a humanitarian solution meant to address the thousands of Central American asylum seekers at the U.S. –Mexico border.

The New Executive Order is No Solution: Three Facts on Family Separation and Detention

By Blanca Ramirez, Jody Agius Vallejo and Eliane Fersan. Published in the CSII Immigrant Integration Wire. The Family Separation executive order, and increasing immigration enforcement, will have significant long-term human costs and broad societal impacts. Here are three facts about migration, family separation, and the broader societal consequences of immigrant detention.

Women’s Health: The Stigma of Menstruation

As an Arab woman, I have suffered from the stigma associated with menstruation in general in addition to a severe chronic endometriosis which incapacitated me several days, sometimes weeks every month. In fact, the assumption that menstruation should be painful and women are expected to go through it without complaining, suppressed me from seeking treatment for… Continue reading Women’s Health: The Stigma of Menstruation

Dear Lebanese Homophobes

When Lebanon’s Government agencies are too coward to uphold the constitution and protect the LGBTQ community, brave voices stand up for equal rights! Thank you Elie Fares!

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Over the past week or so, I’ve had the honor to write about two major advances for the LGBTQI+ community in Lebanon. The first was them being represented in an ad for a major company, which you could check out here, and the second was to proclaim how Beirut is the first Arab city ever to celebrate Pride Week, despite Islamists threatening one of its events eventually leading to that one event’s cancellation (link).

Nevertheless, they persisted.

On those posts, be it in the comment section or on my Facebook page, the amount of vitriol homophobic – or more globally LGBTQI+ vomit although homosexuality takes the cake in aversion – was just too ignorant and insurmountable to be addressed in Facebook comments that could, sooner or later, degenerate into shouting rows…

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Academia, Love Me Back

It’s not only race at play here, it’s also misogyny and a bunch of bias and feers!
Viva Tiffany, these should be reasons why you will not quit and why your place in academia will make a difference.
Last night, I had a conversation with female Middle East Scholars who were discribing the misogyny, patriarchy and lack of ethics among the male scholars in the field. How they undermine women, abuse their position to build on others research and work, and ostracize those who are too humble or too proud to make a scene. I am sick of it!

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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An example of what is at stake in this election 

The Montana incest/rape victim did not receive justice because the minor child, violated by her own father, could not find anyone to speak in her favor. Not even her own mother, who pleaded the judge to have mercy on the rapist because his two sons needed him.To say that the judge gave the rapist a… Continue reading An example of what is at stake in this election 

Orlando Massacre: Hate, Extremism and Gun Proliferation

I am infuriated about this atrocious act of hate in ‪#‎Orlando‬ ‪#‎Florida‬ and concerned about retaliation and escalation of violence and hate against both the LGBT and Muslim communities. Let me be clear, hate and discrimination against the LGBT community is a common practice of bigots of all faiths, it is not foreign to the… Continue reading Orlando Massacre: Hate, Extremism and Gun Proliferation