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Special Participation Provisions for Presenters Unable to Leave the U.S.

In the days since assuming his presidency, Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders that have caused great concern and have been repudiated by a broad range of U.S. citizens and institutions, as well as by international leaders. Most prominent are the ban on the entry of Middle Eastern and African refugees and immigrants to the U.S., the order to construct a wall between Mexico and the United States, and the threat against sanctuary cities that refuse to collaborate with the government by turning undocumented immigrants over to the immigration service. This series of orders discriminates against individuals from the Middle East and Africa and endangers U.S. relations with countries in these regions, as well as threatens the democratic functioning of our country. As area studies associations dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and other world areas, we call on the President and Congress to lift these executive orders.

LASA recognizes the current uncertainty faced by non-U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. regarding international travel and wants to ensure that the Lima Congress is accessible to those participants affected by the changing immigration policy landscape. We feel the best option is to allow accepted participants to present their work remotely. LASA does not normally allow remote presentations at the Congress. This is a special exception given the current situation for people who have been accepted for the Lima Congress. In addition to permitting remote presentation, LASA will bear the cost of additional wireless capability in meeting rooms for Skype or similar platforms, if necessary. Like all participants in the Congress, remote presenters are required to register. Remote presenters will also be responsible for coordinating with the session presider to ensure that an onsite session participant has a laptop and will facilitate the remote connection.

Should you choose to present remotely, please contact Emily Boal,, by Thursday, March 16. This provision applies only to non-U.S. citizens currently residing in the United States.

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