Property and Politics in Today's America

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Property rights is a growing issue hiding in plain sight -- not just in developing countries, but across the United States as well. Consider:

  • Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, 60% of FEMA aid claims were rejected because applicants could not prove they owned their homes.
  • President Trump is threatening to take the land of thousands of Americans to build a wall along the southern border.
  • Outdoor apparel companies have jumped into the fray alongside indigenous groups and activists to fight the federal government over the shrinking of public land and national monuments.
  • Last month, the Supreme Court ruled to limit civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows police to seize private property they believe is connected to a crime.

Please join the Future of Property Rights Program at New America, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the leaders working at the forefront of these domestic property rights issues for an afternoon of drinks and discussion.

Beer, wine, and light snacks will be served.


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Registration and Refreshments

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Patagonia and the Fight Over Public Lands

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: On the Border: Trump's Wall vs La Lomita Chapel

  • Mary McCord
    Senior Litigator, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
    Georgetown Law School
  • Yuliya Panfil
    Director, Future of Property Rights Program at New America

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: A Range Rover Drives Civil Asset Forfeiture to the Supreme Court

  • Sam Gedge
    Counsel for Institute for Justice in Timbs v. Indiana, Supreme Court of the United States
  • William Freivogel
    Professor of Journalism, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
    Civil Asset Forfeiture Project, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: The Fight for Housing Funds in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico

Follow the conversation online using #USPropertyRights and following @NewAmericaFPR.

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