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On May 1-3, Center Interim Director, and Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Director, Dan Kanstroom convened a group of scholars and activists at Boston College’s Connors Center in Dover, MA, for a major conference to discuss the newly created Draft Convention on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons. Click the photo for more information on this conference.

News & Announcements


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 the 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."


US Secretary of State John Kerry cites Center Director David Hollenbach, SJ's writings on human dignity in ensuring basic rights to clean water, democratic processes and freedom of religion in his remarks at BC's 2014 commencement.  Read the full text of Secretary Kerry's remarks here»

Also, on May 17, 2014, Prof. Hollenbach received the the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from St. Joseph’s University, where he received his B.S. degree in 1964.  The citation of the degree called him “a remarkable visionary, educator and alumnus.”  Read the full citation here»


Major conference on Draft Convention on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons held at BC's Connors Center May 1-3. Read about the conference here »

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Thanks to those who helped make our spring events so successful. Check back over the summer as we add events for the fall semester.

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