Immigration Law and Public Health

Concurrent Sessions 3: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed how interactions between immigration policy and health policy shape immigrant health as well as the health of the larger community. This session will describe several pathways through which immigration law negatively impacts public health and suggest concrete reforms for improving public health preparedness. It will then focus on two specific topics: the treatment of immigrant detainees during the pandemic and the negative public health consequences of immigration surveillance in health care.


  • Kathleen Hoke, Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region Office, Director


  • Eunice Cho, Senior Staff Attorney, National Prison Project
  • Wendy Parmet,Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Medha D. Makhlouf, Assistant Professor and Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, Penn State Dickinson Law