Posted on: February 22, 2018

Event: Immigration Policy Forum (Mach 3, 2018) 9:30 am- 12:00 pm

Event: Immigration Policy Forum (Mach 3, 2018)  9:30 am- 12:00 pm

The forum will focus on the current immigration debate and the critical policy and identity issues at stake. From the legacy of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act to the impact of the current political climate and legislative battles – the speakers trace the key political and social impact of these developments in Northern Virginia.


Keynote:TOM GJELTEN “Our Great American Immigration Story.” Author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, published in 2015. Veteran correspondent for NPR News, specializing in national security and international affairs.

Event Program

9:00 AM – Registration and Refreshments

9:30 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Klara Bilgin, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs

9:40 AM – Mr. Tom Gjelten “Our Great American Immigration Story”

10:30 AM – 11:15  PANEL I

Jonathan Smith, Director of Litigation, Muslim Advocates

“Hate Crimes and the Rise of Islamophobia in the United States”

Johnathan Smith serves as legal director at Muslim Advocates. Most recently, Johnathan served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where he helped manage the department’s work on religious discrimination, LGBT rights, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and appellate matters.

Sophia L. Gregg, Attorney, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center


“Fighting for Immigrant Rights in an Era of Increased Enforcement”

Sophia Gregg joined Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program in 2016. Previously, she was a law clerk at the juvenile divisions of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.


Delegate Jennifer Boysko, Virginia House of Delegates

“Immigrant Rights Legislation Introduced at the 2018 Session of Virginia’s General Assembly”

Jennifer Boysko is the current Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly for the 86th district (Herndon, Oak Hill, Chantilly) of the Virginia General Assembly. She currently serves as a member of the Cities, Counties, and Town Committee and The Privileges & Election Committee in the house. She is also a member of the Broadband Advisory Committee. As Delegate, she has worked to improve our schools and the economy and has fought to expand Medicaid to thousands of Virginians

11:15 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30AM – 12:00 PM  Panel II

Allie Boldt, Counsel, Demos

“The Importance of Fair Policies and Protections for Everyone in the Community”

Allie Boldt is a Washington DC-based Counsel for Demos. She originally joined Demos as the Money in Politics Legal Fellow. She has a background in labor and employment discrimination law, in a small law firm setting and as an intern in the enforcement departments of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board in Minneapolis.

Sookyung Oh D.C. Area Director, NAKASEC

“State Legislation and Immigrant Rights”

Sookyung returns to NAKASEC as D.C. Area Director to lead organizing and campaign work in Virginia. Previously she coordinated NAKASEC’s national immigrant rights campaigns. Most recently she served at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as a Public Policy Analyst and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis in Richmond, VA as a State Policy Fellow. She started working in Korean and Asian American communities at the Jaisohn Center and Asian Americans United in Philadelphia

For more information contact Dr. Klara Bilgin at