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Separated Film

Batten Associate Professor of Practice of Public Policy Lucy Bassett leads a screening and discussion of "Separated: Children at the Border" as part of a documentary series addressing the immigrant and refugee experience.


In an op-ed for Scientific American, Batten's Lucy Bassett and co-author Hirokazu Yoshikawa outline immediate steps the Biden-Harris administration should take to begin addressing the trauma inflicted upon children through inhumane immigration policies.


In honor of Global Week at UVA, Batten professor and policy expert David Leblang and Anne Richard, who served as assistant secretary of state for population, migration, and refugees under President Obama, discussed the dramatic shift in our country's stance on people seeking asylum in the U.S.

Hannah Gavin

The novel coronavirus crisis disproportionately affects already vulnerable populations — and Virginia’s refugees are no exception. In today's Washington Post, Batten alum Hannah Gavin (MPP '20) urges Virginia lawmakers to continue looking out for its most vulnerable in these unprecedented times of isolation, uncertainty and negativity.

Sonia Nazario

Join Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey, for a wide ranging and provocative exploration of the promise and perils of immigration. In conversation with Batten professor David Leblang, Nazario will engage in a broader discussion of conditions in Central America, changes in U.S. immigration policies, and ways in which communities welcome immigrants and refugees.