We have been asked about having Symposium 2011 in Arizona with the current issues due to Arizona’s newest immigration law. Although iaedp is not a political organization, it is always our goal to be sensitive to the needs/desires of our members. We realize that some members and attendees might be offended and have objections to spending money in Arizona. For that reason, we want to explain the situation.
We sign contracts with hotel venues one year to two years prior to the conference start date. The contracts are legal binding documents that contain performance clauses. Cancellation clauses carry heavy financial consequences (many, many thousands of dollars). When an issue like the immigration law in Arizona happens, there is nothing we can do to change venues without it being financially disastrous to the organization.
It is our sincere hope that you will support Symposium 2011 and join us in March!