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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has released its annual report on forced migrants. There were a record 63.5 million forcibly displaced people as of the end of 2015, a 10% increase over last year.  

See a summary of the UNHCR report findings, and a link to the report itself, here.  

kenya refugee camp

Center Director David Hollenbach SJ commented on wealthy nations' obligations towards refugees as part of a discussion on the fate of the hundreds of thousands of refugees set to be repatriated with the Kenyan government's intended closure of the huge Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps this coming November, in an article in America magazine. 

See Hollenbach's comments in the America article here.


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ gave an in-depth interview for a piece on the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly entitled  "Ethical Obligations to Displaced People." 

See the PBS video and transcript here.

Luisa Hernández Simaj

Luisa Hernández Simaj of the Center's Human Rights of Migrants project in Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala is featured in a story on the project on PRI's The World radio program. Hear the program or read the transcript here.


Two new modules have been added to the Center's ESOL/KYR Toolkit. Read more about "Protecting Families in Cases of Separation" and "Understanding the US School System" »

Brinton Lykes

Center Associate Director M. Brinton Lykes and BC Assistant Professor of the Practice of Psychology Nelson Portillo published a new article in the Spring 2016 edition of the journal ReVista, "A Search for Justice in El Salvador: One Legacy of Ignacio Martín-Baró."

zacualpa census reporting

The Center's Human Rights & Migration Project in Guatemala has published two reports titled, Documenting the lives of 21st Century Mayan families “on the move”. Find English and Spanish versions of the reports here »

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A new website,, seeks to ​be an accessible and practical tool for people to reach activists after having been forcibly returned to Turkey from Greece. ​It aims to connect returnees to Turkey with lawyers and human rights NGOs in Turkey, as well as to document the procedures implemented by Turkish authorities.

See the website here.

Daniel Kanstroom

Center Associate Director Daniel Kanstroom spoke at a conference April 1 at Columbia U., "The EU Refugee Crisis and the Future of Europe."  Kanstroom presented on "Is Expulsion ‘Different?’: Reflections on Refugees, Rights, and Return in Europe" and the US" as one of the two panels.

View the video from the Columbia conference here.


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ will deliver a lecture entitled "Humanity in Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities to People Displaced by War" on Tuesday, April 26 at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center in Washington, DC.  Hollenbach held the Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History this past fall at the Library. 

Read the press release for Hollenbach's lecture here.

Daniel Kanstroom

Center Associate Director Daniel Kanstroom and Jessica Chicco's article "The Forgotten Deportees" was published in French in the journal Revue Plein Droit. You can read the article in Plein Droit here.


The Center's Human Rights of Migrants Project in Guatemala has produced two new manuals, in Spanish, on accompanying migrants and their families and on working with youth in educational settings, now available in the Resources section of our website.  

Find the Guatemala team's manuals here »

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. recently wrote an article feature in Boston College Magazine titled, "Hospitality: What is asked of Catholics?"  

Read the BCM article here »


Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. was a member of a task force that wrote a recent Jesuit document dealing with global economic justice, inclusion, and sustainability.  It explores how economics can better respond to the needs of the poor and the environment. 

The Jesuit document is being distribued globally and is available here.


upcoming events

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Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events