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In August, Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes (third from left) traveled to Guatemala with BC psychology graduate students Gabriela Távara and Kevin Ferreira (second from left), as well as PDHRP Supervising Attorney Jessica Chicco. Together they facilitated workshops in Guatemala City and in the Quiché Department of Guatemala on the human rights of migrants and U.S. immigration policies and practices as well as on the legal and psychosocial aspects of migration.

News & Announcements

The Center's Summer 2014 newsletter is now available, look back at spring happenings and a look forward to this fall's activities! CHRIJ Summer 2014 Newsletter »


Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom has been appointed to a three year term on the editorial board of the International Migration Review, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects of international migration.​


Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo President Estela de Carlotto, whom the Center welcomed to BC for a presentation last September, has been reunited in Argentina with her 36 year-old grandson, whom she has never known and who recently discovered his true identity.

fileCentral American refugees flee violence

Please see this video produced by the Jesuit Refugee Service on the unaccompanied children arriving to the US from Central America exploring root causes of their migration and the US' responsibility to provide refuge.


Volunteer or apply for US citizenship at Citizenship Day in Boston on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
Get details about Citizenship Day »


Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom quoted in Boston Globe article on accompanied children and Massachusetts voters' attitudes about the issue. 

Read the Globe article here>>


The Center endorses the statement by the Society of Jesus urging elected officials to preserve due process protections for unaccompanied children arriving at the US border fleeing harm. We encourage those in the US to contact your representatives in Congress to do the same.

See the statement and contact your representatives at this link>>


Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J., was elected Vice-President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) at its annual convention held in San Diego, June 5-8, 2014. He will become President-Elect next year and then President in the year that follows. The CTSA is the professional association of theologians working in the Catholic  tradition in North America. At this year's convention Hollenbach presented a paper on "State Sovereignty and the Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Perspective."

upcoming events


Dead Man Walking: A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean

Thursday, October 9
6:00 p.m.
Robsham Theater, Boston College

Film viewing and Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author, advocate, and prison minister. Church in the 21st Century event co-sponsored by CHRIJ.


Solidarity of the Shaken: Jan Patocka's political philosophy and the future of dissidence

Wednesday, October 15
1:00 p.m.
Boston Room, Corcoran Commons, Boston College

With BC Professor of Philosophy and International Studies, Aspen Brinton.  Part of the Center's Works in Progress Colloquium Series this fall.

From Hollywood to Haiti: A Filmmaker's Journey with the Poor

Tuesday, October 21
7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100, Boston College

Film viewing and commentary with Gerard T. Straub, Founder and President of Pax et Bonum Communications. Church in the 21st Century event co-sponsored by CHRIJ.

Painting by Jorge A. Guzman

Crossing Borders: Organizing In El Salvador and the U.S. for Alternatives to Immigration


Friday, October 24
12:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall 218, Boston College

With Edith Portillo, Organizer and elected leader of the Association for the Development of El Salvador (CRIPDES), one of the largest grassroots organizations in El Salvador
Felipe Tobar, Mayor of San Jose Las Flores, Chalatenango- popular historian, lifetime community organizer
Douglas Serrano, president of the community council of San Jose Las Flores and popular educator


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me": A Catholic Vision for Immigration Reform

Monday, October 27
4:30 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Function Room, Boston College

Episcopal Visitor Lecture with Most. Rev. Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami and Chairman for the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Church in the 21st Century event co-sponsored by CHRIJ.


Corporations, Individuals, and the Common Good: The Uncertainties of Religious Freedom after the Supreme Hobby Lobby Decision

Friday, October 31
12:30 pm
Hovey House Library, Boston College

With Cathy Kaveny, Professor of Law and the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Theology at BC. Part of the Center's Works in Progress colloquium series this fall.


Carolyn Forché

Wednesday, November 19
7:00 pm
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Boston College

Poet and human rights advocate to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the slayings of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America in El Salvador.  Co-sponsored by the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, the Jesuit Institute at Boston College, the English Department, and the Latin American Studies program.


Tweeting in the Time of Cholera: Networking, Social Media and Justice in Haiti

Friday, November 21
12:30 p.m.
Barat House 1st floor, Boston College Newton campus

With Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.  Part of the Center's Works in Progress Colloquium Series this fall.

Here are a few other links that might interest you:

Past Events | Video of Spring 2014 Events | Area Events