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The World Today presents: Corruption, Caravans, and Cages: Asylum - Past, Present, Future
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Perry World House | Global Policy Lab


In this edition of The World Today, Penn Law professor Fernando Chang-Muy and Penn Law student Adam Garnick will share their first-hand experiences from Honduras this past May, through a Perry World House-supported research trip.

Chang-Muy and Garnick will explore why people leave their home countries, how they leave, and what awaits them when they arrive in the United States. They will also review current U.S. immigration and refugee policies, and highlight how new policies impact the lives of individuals, especially those arriving on the southern border. Ambassador William Lacy Swing, former Director General of the International Organization for Migration and PWH Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will serve as the session’s discussant, and Jocelyn Perry, PWH’s Global Shifts Program Manager, will moderate the conversation.


Fernando Chang-MuyDr. Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He also teaches courses at the Fels Institute, and the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice on topics such as U.S. Immigration Law, International Human Rights and Refugee Law, and Non Profit Leadership. He served as Legal Officer with both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO)'s AIDS Program. He also served as the first director of Swarthmore College’s Intercultural Center, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, advisor to the Provost on Equal Opportunity, and lecturer on International Human Rights in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Adam GarnickAdam Garnick is a second-year student at Penn Law, where he is the co-director of Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP). Adam spent this past summer in southern Texas working at the Dilley Pro Bono Project, which provides legal aid to detained women and children at the largest family detention center in the country.


William Lacy SwingAmbassador William Lacy Swing has served as an American and United Nations diplomat for half a century. He was Ambassador to six countries – South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Liberia, the Republic of the Congo, and Haiti – under four U.S. Presidents. Upon completion of his US diplomatic career in 2001, Swing then served in senior United Nations positions for seventeen years. Swing was elected in 2008 to be Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and re-elected in 2013, completing his second term in 2018. Under his ten-year leadership, IOM expanded its membership and global footprint and became a United Nations Agency in 2016. Swing has been recognized by several foreign governments, including France, Japan, and Germany, and has also received several U.S. government awards, including the Presidential Certificate of Commendation and Distinguished Service, and Superior and Meritorious honor awards; and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service and Valor Awards. He received his B.D. from Yale University, and completed postgraduate studies at Tübingen University in Germany.


Jocelyn Perry framedJocelyn Perry is Perry World House's Global Shifts Program Manager. She brings experience working with and advocating for displaced individuals and communities in the United States and around the world to this role with Perry World House. Prior to joining the PWH team, Jocelyn served as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow with Malawi's Department of Refugees, working on advocacy for and development of Malawi’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework alongside the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Her current research focuses on forms of governance, political organization, and participatory decision-making among displaced populations and in urban areas. She has previously worked for the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network, as well as in disaster response for the American Red Cross and community development with Public Narrative in Chicago. A proud Penn graduate, Jocelyn also received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.