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On March 29, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research joined the Center for a presentation on "Reimagining Refugee Law."

News & Announcements

Daniel Kanstroom

Center co-director Dan Kanstroom was quoted in an article in the Washington Post regarding the expansion of deportation policy and its effects through today.

Claudia Escobar

Center Visiting Scholar Claudia Escobar receives prestigious ​Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy. Learn more about the Democracy Award.

Gabriela Távara Vásquez

Current CHRIJ certificate student, and Lynch School of Education Ph.D. student in Psychology, Gabriela Távara Vásquez, has been awarded a pair of prestigious awards to assist her in completing her dissertation during the coming year.

Learn more about Távara Vásquez' awards here.

Adam Saltsman

Former CHRIJ certificate recipient and BC Ph.D. student in Sociology, Adam Saltsman, wrote an op-ed in the Worcester Telegram decrying President Trump's refugee ban and its effects on the Worcester area.

Access Adam's op-ed in the Worcester Telegram 

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The Center is now accepting applications from BC students for funding assistance to attend the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Student Leadership conference, to be held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA from June 27-29, 2017.  The theme of this year's conference is "Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility." Deadline to apply for BC funding assistance is April 19.

Visit the JUHAN conference website here.  

Interested BC students may contact Center Assistant Director Timothy Karcz for an application at

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Center co-director Daniel Kanstroom was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on US immigration policy and the traditional role family unification has played in it over the years as President Trump and the Republicans look at possible changes to the immigration system. 

Access the Christian Science Monitor article here.


Congratulations to Center co-director Dr. M. Brinton Lykes, who has been awarded the 2017 Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action by the ​Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. 

Learn more about Lykes' award here.


The Heights, BC's student newspaper, covered our Feb. 28 event with author and activist Chuck Collins on his new book Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

Access the Heights article on Collins here.

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Center co-director Dan Kanstroom appeared on the WBUR radio program Open Source last evening, as part of a wide-ranging conversation entitled "Deportation Nation," joined by Harvard professors Roberto Gonzales and Mary Waters.

Hear the Kanstroom program on WBUR here.


Center co-director Dan Kanstroom is quoted in an article in the Boston Globe about the Boston-based history of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Access the Boston Globe article here.


The Center has issued a statement in protest of President Trump's executive order this weekend suddenly barring refugee admissions and some classes of people with visas, such as US legal permanent residents, from entering the country.

Access the Center's statement in protest of the executive order here.


The Center has released its Winter 2016-2017 newsletter.  With Center news and recaps of the past semester's events, check it out.

Access the Center's Winter 2016-2017 newsletter here.

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Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project announces launch of new online portal, the Deportation Global Information Project! Access more and get the link to the new site here.


The Center is excited to announce it will be offering summer research grants to BC graduate and undergraduate students once again in 2017! Application deadline February 28.

Access more details on summer research grants and how to apply here.


In the wake of the 2016 US elections, the Center has made a statement on the election and established a section of its website dedicated to useful resources for immigrant advocates.  Included are sections on advocacy initiatives and events; BC & local university resources; education; legal resources; resources on sanctuary schools and universities; and statements by institutions of higher education. 

Access the Center's post-election statement and find the post-election resources section here.


upcoming events

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CHRIJ End of Year Gathering

Thursday, May 18
McGuinn 334

With presentations from:

  • Colleen Melaugh, student at the BC School of Theology & Ministry
  • Maya Perlmann, student at the BC School of Social Work
  • Gabriela Távara Vásquez, Lynch School of Education PhD student

More information on the event, presentations, and RSVP here.


Here are a few other event-related links of interest:

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events