News and Updates from FPA

ISA Headquarters posted on February 14, 2017 14:49

In response to the recent travel ban and the concerns of the ISA membership, we have been in contact with the ACLU of Maryland. They have passed along some great resources and suggestions for travelers to the U.S., and what to do/who to contact should you not be allowed to board your plane to the U.S., or if you are detained at BWI or other airports. 

1. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP): Know Your Rights. 

  • This includes the most recent temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court of Washington that prevents Customs and Border Protection from denying entry to the United States if you have a valid visa to enter. The Ninth Circuit has continued to block enforcement of the Muslim ban, so anyone entering the U.S. with valid immigration documents should be able to enter. Customs and Border Protection is currently treating people entering the U.S. in accordance with the pre-executive order status quo.
  • Please be aware however, that the Trump Administration may appeal the 9th Circuit decision to the Supreme Court, or they may revise the current executive order seeking to withstand legal challenge. Your ability to travel to the U.S. might change significantly if the current executive order is revised. As explained in the IRAP Know Your Rights materials, it is recommended that you travel to the U.S. as soon as possible, while the temporary restraining order protects the pre-executive order status quo. If the executive order is revised, we will provide updated information on any travel restrictions.

2. ISA HQ will act as a liaison with the ACLU of Maryland prior to Friday, February 17 to help address any questions members may have.   They can compile more information specific to the kinds of questions being asked.  Please contact Jennifer Fontanella at

3. Travel with the any/all of the following documents in hand.  Show to any official if you feel your right to travel is being questioned. 

  • A copy of the letter of invitation from the International Studies Association stating that you will be attending the Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.  Please feel free to contact Jennifer Fontanella ( for a Letter of Invitation if you haven’t already.

4.  We recommend that you coordinate with either someone back at your home or a friend arriving in Baltimore to check in and confirm your safe arrival.

5.  The ACLU is recommending that if anyone is nervous about being detained, complete a Dept of Homeland Security Form G-28 (Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative) which you can give to any official to show that you have representation.  Links to help find immigration attorneys are listed below.



American Immigration Lawyers Association: Lawyer search 

Immigration Legal Directory (available in multiple languages):

Immigration Advocates Network:

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild’s online find-a-lawyer tool:

National Immigrant Justice Center: Schedule a legal consultation by phone (312-660-1370) or email

The immigration courts’ list of lawyers and organizations that provide free legal services:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center has a comprehensive online client intake form: 


As always, please feel free to contact ISA headquarters with any questions or concerns you may have.



Read the Full Article in the Online Library
Posted in: Annual Convention
Discuss this Article
Michael Klare
# Michael Klare
Saturday, February 18, 2017 1:47 PM
Members from Brazil of the panel I am chairing, SA68 "Fighting about Resources," have just informed me that they were denied a visa to attend the ISA conference by the US embassy in Brasilia, citing new travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration. What can we do to protest this outrageous infringement on academic freedom?
Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz
# Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz
Sunday, March 5, 2017 9:38 AM
Dear Prof. Michael and ISA colleagues,

Only words cannot describe how grateful we are! Prof. Klare, your patience, commitment and support all over this episode gave us strength to go on.

I am assistant professor at the Catholic University of Brasília and one of the co-authors,Thais de Castro, is my research assistant. As a reward for all her effort we assigned her to attend this ISA meeting, so, can you imagine all the frustration imposed to a young talent labeled as a "potential immigrant" ? It was unbelievable and shocking in a first moment, but the support from you and all the ISA staff was outstanding and priceless.Due to the aforementioned problems, unfortunately, it was not possible to present our paper in Baltimore, but, please, all the comments and feedbacks on our work are more than welcome! On behalf of my co-authors I would like to say that we really appreciate all prof. Klare and you, guys,have done for us. Warm Brazilian Regards,
Fábio Albergaria de Queiroz, PhD
Department of International Relations
Catholic University of Bras~ilia;Brazil

Join the Discussion...
Only registered users may post comments.

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
Help   |   Thanks   |   Privacy Statement   |   Terms Of Use