Leti Volpp

Multiculturalism isn’t bad for women – but racism is: Kanji

Leti Volpp quoted by thestar.com, May 4, 2017

“Part of the reason many believe the cultures of the Third World or immigrant communities are so much more sexist than Western ones is that incidents of sexual violence in the West are frequently thought to reflect the behaviour of a few deviants — rather than as part of our culture. In contrast, incidents of violence in the Third World or immigrant communities are thought to characterize the cultures of entire nations.”

La culture, c’est les autres

Leti Volpp quoted by Le Courrier, March 14, 2017

“It is not a question of defending cultural relativism, where criticism of other cultures would be prohibited and feminist values should be discarded. What I am suggesting is that we look at the way in which all cultures, including our own, are both patriarchal and characterized by resistance to such patriarchy.”  The key to a decolonization of feminism is to “listen carefully, to become aware of one’s own limits, and not to address others convinced of one’s own superiority.”

Trump’s mentions of ‘honor killings’ betray the truth of his ‘Muslim ban’

Leti Volpp writes for The Hill, Feb. 22, 2017

There is an additional and little noticed piece of evidence within the executive order itself, which buttresses the idea that the order is indeed a ban on Muslims, and not merely a “geographic” restriction. The executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” invokes, twice, the idea of “‘honor’ killings.”… Why is this significant? Honor killings … are mistakenly thought to be a uniquely Muslim practice and specific to Muslim communities.

Trump executive order threatens Berkeley sanctuary, but city stands firm

Leti Volpp quoted in The Daily Californian, Jan. 27, 2017

According to UC Berkeley School of Law professor Leti Volpp, federal grants could not be withheld from the campus unless they were related to Trump’s executive order regarding immigration enforcement. Additionally, Volpp said in an email that the order could be subject to litigation because of potential conflicts with the 10th Amendment.

Trump and immigrants: Wide fear of deportations in Bay Area, but how will it work?

Leti Volpp quoted by East Bay Times, Nov. 18, 2016

Federal law already allows the deportation of legal permanent residents with even minor convictions, such as possessing a small amount of drugs, or petty theft, said UC Berkeley law professor Leti Volpp. “There has been a lot of criticism of how the criminal grounds (for deportation) have broadened over time, sweeping in minor offenses,” said Volpp, who specializes in immigration law.