Panel Discussion About Border Crisis to Feature JA Perspective

Incarceration Then and Now: JA Perspective on the Border Crisis

Thursday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Proskauer Law Firm – 11 Times Square (8th Avenue and 41st Street), Room 2700

Admission: Free

This is free public event at Proskauer will be a powerful discussion regarding the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, the corim nobis cases and Muslim Ban, and the WWII Citizen Isolation Centers for Japanese Americans that were the precursors to Guantanamo prison.

This panel will feature survivors and descendants of the incarceration camps as well as legal advocates discussing the Japanese American journey to heal the intergenerational trauma of WWII incarceration. From a historical and legal perspective, panelists will examine the Japanese American experience during WWII, including a discussion of the 1944 Fred T. Korematsu decision and related authorities, and their connections to current events. Representatives from Tsuru for Solidarity (TFS) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will share the recent experiences of Japanese American advocates organizing to close detention centers housing immigrants and asylum seekers in the U.S.

TFS advocates will illuminate how they are using Japanese American history as the moral foundation of resistance coalitions among communities that have been targeted with detention, family separation, and deportation.


  • Satsuki Ina – Co-leader and founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, Author, Filmmaker
  • Carl Takei – Co-leader of Tsuru for Solidarity, Senior Attorney, National ACLU
  • Diala Shamas – Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Mike Ishii – Co-leader and founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, Co-chair of NY Day of Remembrance Committee

A reception with light food and drinks will follow the panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required for admission. To RSVP, please send an email to

About Tsuru for Solidarity

Tsuru for Solidarity is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support frontline immigrant and refugee communities that are experiencing injustice and oppression.

About The Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, they have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach.

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