National Geographic: Blood on the Wall Panel Discussion

On September 20, the author joined award-winning documentary producer-directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides, former Mexican Ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhan, former New York Times reporter Julia Preston, and ABC News White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega for a panel discussion following the world premiere of the upcoming National Geographic documentary Blood on the Wall. The film traces the roots of two intertwined phenomena – Mexican drug trafficking cartels and instability in Central America – that underlie the crisis at the US southern border.

The Future Of Immigration Webcast

Author joined a star-studded cast of scholars, progressive leaders, activists, and Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a rich (virtual) discussion on the future of progressive immigration policy on May 1. Sponsored by the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, the “Rethinking Immigration: Vision and Strategy for 2021 and Beyond” conference was a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in how this country stays true to its tradition as a nation of immigrants. For a video of the full event, click here.

National Immigrant Integration Conference

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Detroit, Michigan, the book was discussed as part of a special session on October 21 before a packed room of participants. Accompanying Charles on the Panel were Petra Falcon, from Promise Arizona, who spoke of her experience in Arizona with the implementation of the 1986 law, and Anna Marie Gallagher, who is now with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), an organization affiliated with the Catholic Church, which was spawned from the IRCA implementation work. She spoke of her experience as a young attorney whose Central American clients suddenly had a path to legal status thanks to IRCA’s legalization program. The program was moderated by Nancy Flores with the National Partnership of New Americans, organizers of the conference. Walmart provided books to attendees of the special session.

At the same conference, Wells Fargo hosted a reception and book signing for the author.