The Columbus Human Rights Commission invites the public to hear a moderated discussion on immigration featuring Dr. Neeraj Kaushal and Ms. Angela Adams on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Commission’s Annual Dinner Meeting to be held at The Commons, 300 Washington Street, at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Kaushal is a professor of social policy and the chair of the doctoral program at Columbia School of Social Work. In her role as a professor, Dr. Kaushal’s academic fields of expertise include comparative immigration policy, social welfare policy, labor economics, health economics, and public finance. Dr. Kaushal is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a  research fellow at the IZA, the Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Kaushal has written more than fifty (50) peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and publications. In her most recent book Blaming Immigrants: Nationalism and the Economics of Global Movement, Dr. Kaushal examines the core causes of the rising dissatisfaction towards immigrants and assesses common complaints against immigration. Dr. Kaushal holds a B.A. in economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce in India, a M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics in India, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

Ms. Adams is the owner and managing attorney at Adams Immigration Law, LLC in Carmel, Indiana, where she practices family and employment-based immigration law. She holds a B.S. in public affairs management from Indiana University and a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Adams worked at the Indiana Department of Education’s Division of Language Minority and Migrant Programs as an education consultant. She also taught English in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Ms. Adams has served on several boards and in leadership capacities, including at the Immigrant Welcome Center, Su Casa Columbus, Mexican Scholarship Fund, La Plaza,
Hispanic Education Center, and the Indiana chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). Ms. Adams is the recipient of several awards, such as the National Association of Women Business Owners Indianapolis Trailblazer Award in 2019, the AILA Advocacy Award in 2015, Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund Award in 2014, Women of Influence Award in 2013, and the United Way’s Diversity Advocate Award in 2013.

Additionally, the recipient of the 2019 William R. Laws Human Rights Award and the winners of the 2019 Benjamin M. King Essay and the J. Irwin Miller Art Contests will be honored at the dinner. The theme for this year’s art and essay contests is “You Belong in Columbus.” More details will follow at a later date.

Admission to the dinner is by advance ticket purchase. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $30.00 per person. Ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, May 22. Tickets can be purchased at the Human Rights Commission office located in City Hall at 123 Washington Street in Columbus, Indiana or online at www.columbus.in.gov/human-rights/. Tickets for tables of eight (8) may be purchased. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, June 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

EARLY TICKET PURCHASE IS RECOMMENDED. When Annual Dinner tickets have sold out, a waiting list will be created in the event of cancellations. For further information, call (812) 376-2532 or e-mail humanrights@columbus.in.gov. The Commons is wheelchair accessible. For other accommodations or for financial assistance in purchasing tickets, please contact the Commission in advance.