Exploring The Rights of Detained Foreign Torture Victims


The 2015 Batdorf Lecture at Alvernia University “Protecting the Rights of Detained Victims of Foreign Torture,” will take place March 10, at 4 p.m., in the McGlinn Conference Center. Three immigration attorneys: Bridget Cambria, Esq., Jacquelyn Kline, Esq., and Carol Anne Donohoe, Esq., will serve as this year’s panelists. Jesse L. Pleet, Esq., will moderate the discussion.

Supported by the Berks Bar Association, each Batdorf Lecture at Alvernia focuses on a contemporary ethical issue important for both students and the local community. This year’s lecture focuses on the rights of detained immigrants who have fled violence, often due to political strife or at the hands of family, drug cartels or gangs.

The panelists Bridget Cambria, Esq., Jacquelyn Kline, Esq., and Carol Anne Donohoe, Esq., are immigration attorneys working with families who are currently housed at a detention center in Berks County. The center is one of several across the country that have been set up to house immigrants — most of whom fled from violence in Latin America. These families are being detained in centers while awaiting deportation. The panelists will discuss their experiences in working with the families that they are representing.

The annual Batdorf Lecture at Alvernia University is sponsored by the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service in conjunction with the Berks County Bar Association.

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