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Criminology Lecture Focuses on “Violence Against Latina Immigrants,” March 12

The second lecture in the series “Crime, Law and Justice,” presented by the Criminology Program is “Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Inheriting, Reproducing and Challenging Inequalities” on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, during Common Hour (11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.). The guest speaker is Dr. Roberta Villalón (pictured above) from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at St. John’s University. Location is the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, 1st floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

The event, co-sponsored by the Women Studies Program, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

Immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to abuse: the intersection of their gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and immigration status stimulates nationalistic anxieties and multiplies the effects of both interpersonal and structural violence. Based on activist research at a nonprofit organization in Texas, Dr. Villalón uncovers how systemic inequalities not only permeate the current gender-based violence legislation, but also are reproduced by nonprofit workers. She addresses the various ways in which Latina immigrants try to seize the opportunity to put an end to abusive relationships while navigating a system filled with formal and informal barriers that prevent the most disadvantaged survivors from becoming autonomous citizens.

For more information contact Dr. Liena Gurevich, Criminology Program Director, at

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