Forced Climate Migration of Indigenous Peoples

The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program and the Immigration Law Students' Association present

Forced Climate Migration of Indigenous Peoples

Wed. November 16, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (MST)

Attend in person* (College of Law, Room 168)

or by Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)

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Environmental Law Society

Native American Law Students Association

The Speakers

Juanita Cabrera Lopez, the Executive Director of the International Mayan League, is Maya Mam from the western highlands of Guatemala. A survivor of the internal armed conflict and genocide in Guatemala and a former political refugee, she has both personal and professional experience defending Indigenous peoples’ human rights.  In collaboration with Maya leaders and elders in Guatemala and the U.S., she uses international law and organizations and traditional knowledge to develop an Indigenous human rights response in the areas of immigration, land rights, and environmental protection.  She holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Blake A. Gentry (Cherokee) researches, writes about and advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights in migration, climate change, community health, and languages. He conducted field research in Mexico, China, Guatemala, and the United States. He was Policy Advisor to the Traditional Governor of the O'odham in Mexico (1998-2018) and director of the Indigenous Languages Office at Alitas Shelter in Tucson (2018-2022). He has conducted community projects and research in association with several University of Arizona departments and colleges and is currently adjunct faculty in the Mexican American Studies Department. He has a master's degree in public policy. 

*Lunch will be provided in the Courtyard at 11:45 a.m. on the day of the event.


Noon to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2022


College of Law, Room 168