HarvardWIT+ November Event: : #NoTechforICE: Big Tech, Bureaucratic Violence, and Immigrant Justice


Monday, November 15, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Online via Zoom

Poster with the title "#NoTechForIce: Big Tech, Bureaucratic Violence, & Immigrant Justice. Image of a woman with a microphone with butterflies and a silhouette of a family. She is saying "our dreams are stronger than fear".












The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and the HarvardWIT+ employee resource group, along with other community partners, will host an event about the movement to expose the role ‘Big Tech’ plays in ICE detention and deportations: #NoTechforICE: Big Tech, Bureaucratic Violence, and Immigrant Justice. We hope to bring different community members across Harvard together to learn about how corporate tech interests feed the immigration detention and deportation systems. Inspired by the #NoTechforICE campaign, this event hopes to bring people together with the goal of strengthening this movement at Harvard and beyond.  


  • Fjora Arapi, HLS Class of 2023, Member of the End the Contract Coalition


Fjora is a 2L at Harvard Law School. She is involved in the National Lawyers Guild and Prison Legal Assistance Project, and is interested in criminal defense work as well as the surveillance of marginalized communities. 


Fatema (she/hers) is the Executive Director at Muslim Justice League, where she leads MJL's efforts to dismantle the criminalization and policing of marginalized communities under national security pretexts. She joined as Deputy Director in 2017 and increased MJL's focus on organizing within and collaborating across impacted communities to resist and subvert surveillance. Fatema also serves on the Board of Directors for Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. 

  • Dana Khabbaz, EPIC Law Fellow, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Dana Khabbaz is the EPIC Justine Wise Polier Fellow in EPIC's Surveillance Oversight Project. Dana’s work focuses on surveillance in immigration enforcement, with a particular focus on the use of location data. Dana is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Rule of Law Clinic and member of the Housing Clinic, International Refugee Assistance Project, and Immigration Policy Tracking Project. She spent her summers at the ACLU Human Rights Program, the Legal Aid Society of New York’s Special Litigation Unit Cop Accountability Project, and Arnold & Porter.


Cinthya Rodriguez is based in Chicago, IL as a National Organizer at Mijente, a political home and national organizing hub for Chicanx and Latinx people. Previously, Cinthya organized with low-wage, immigrant workers on the Southeast Side and Chicago's South Suburbs. As Organizing Director for Centro de Trabajadores Unidos (United Workers' Center), Cinthya led campaigns to build worker power, deportation defense, and advocate for stronger protections for workers and immigrant communities.

For over 20 years, Paromita Shah has specialized in strategies to combat immigration detention, enforcement and criminalization. Her focus is on designing legal support and litigation with grassroots and organizing groups.  She has created dozens of advocacy resources for immigrant communities impacted by policing and immigration enforcement, including Deportation 101, detainer policies, know your rights, gangs, and technology surveillance. Previously, Paromita Shah served as the Associate Director of the NIPNLG, the Detention Project Director at Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, DC and a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. She is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and McGill University in Montreal, QC. 

Thank you to Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde for use of the poster image art.

See also: WIT+