Visualizing Imperialism, Incarceration and Deportation

Session 2 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Room 3467 | UCLA School of Law


This interactive workshop explores and disseminates the root causes of deportations and mass incarceration of Southeast Asian communities. By exploring the intersection of the criminal justice system, immigration system, U.S foreign policy and imperialist history through media and visual art, participants will be able to connect the disparities that the U.S intervention triggered.

Moreover, we will challenge the current narratives that threatened immigrants and refugees, by creating a collective mural that will illustrate our visions of liberation. We will create a world where our people are soaring free beyond borders and cages.

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Anoop Prasad

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program Manager

Anoop Prasad is a staff attorney at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in the Immigrant Rights Program. He focuses on representation of low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants in deportation proceedings. In particular, his work focuses on the intersection of the immigration and mass incarceration in the criminal system.

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Maria Wu Hu

Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, ASPIRE Community Organizer and Visual Artist

Maria is an undocumented queer Asian Pacific Islander youth from Mexico who has emboldened her leadership within the immigrant rights movement and has created cross-racial solidarity among different communities. She’s the current Community Organizer of ASPIRE Maria has discovered that storytelling is a powerful vehicle for grassroots mobilization. She uses art with powerful purpose to envision liberation by tapping into her experiences as a queer undocumented youth.


Melanie Kim

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Melanie Kim is a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. At Asian Law Caucus, she represents detained individuals in their deportation proceedings and specializes in the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. Before joining Advancing Justice-ALC, Melanie worked at an immigration firm where she represented clients seeking various forms of immigration relief. Before that, Melanie was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northern California. Melanie received her law degree from UC Davis School of Law. While at UC Davis, she participated in the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic.