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The Center thanks Luis Argueta for braving the weather and showing his great new documentary, Abrazos, on January 28 in the Heights Room.

News & Announcements

The Center is seeking a Human Rights Fellow for a one year appointment starting in June 2015.

Read the position description and how to apply here.»


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ commented on exorbitant CEO compensation, citing the ethical teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas in an article in the National Catholic Reporter.

Read the article with Hollenbach's comments in NCR here.»


Center Associate Director Daniel Kanstroom and Columbia U. Prof. Mae Ngai offer a meditation on the history of executive discretion in the US, contextualizing President Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration in Dissent Magazine.

Read Kanstroom and Ngai's article in Dissent Magazine here.»


The Center is is now accepting applications for summer reearch grants, made available to BC graduate and undergraduate students. Application deadline March 16. 

See the summer grant details here »


The Center's winter newsletter is now available online. Read the Winter 2014-15 Newsletter »

Robert White

The Center wishes to recognize the passing of former US Ambassador to El Salvador Robert White, who made great efforts to bring to light atrocities carried out during the Salvadoran Civil War of the 1980s, including the complicity of the US government. 

Ambassador White spoke at BC in one of the first Center events ever held, in 2005.  See a slideshow of his appearance here. »

The Center for Justice and Accountability has also published this tribute to Ambassador White.»

A student with a display board titled "Immigrants in Massachusetts"

The Center has signed on to the attached letter opposing the opening of a new family detention center in Dilley, Texas.

Read the letter protesting the new detention center here »

A student with a display board titled "Immigrants in Massachusetts"

The Center's initiatives aimed at BC undergraduates were highlighted in The Boston College Chronicle.

Read the about the initiatives in Chronicle »

Front page of Australia's The Catholic Voice

BC Law Prof. Frank Brennan, S.J., wrote about Carolyn Forché's presentation on Nov. 19 to commemorate the martyrs of the UCA in El Salvador in Canberra, Australia's The Catholic Voice.

Read Fr. Brennan's article »

Richard Falla, S.J.

Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom wrote on "Human rights for all is better than citizenship rights for some" as part of an online series hosted by the EUDO Observatory on Citizenship.

Read Kanstroom's piece here »

Richard Falla, S.J.

Center Visiting Fellow Ricardo Falla, S.J. discusses his life and work, and a new book project about them entitled "Al Atardecer de la Vida" (In the Twilight of Life), in these short interviews (in Spanish).

Watch a Conversation with Ricardo Falla, S.J. »


upcoming events


Same, but Different: Assessing the Interaction of the Migrant Workers’ Rights and Anti-Trafficking Regimes under International Law


Wednesday, April 1
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Jayne Huckerby, Duke U. Law School

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to (Room location will be provided)


Religion, Peacebuilding and U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 9
Fulton 511

With Shaun Casey, State Department Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life event co-sponsored by the Center.

engle merry

Human Rights and the Social Sciences


Friday, April 10
3:00 p.m.
Boston College Newton campus

With Prof. Sally Engle Merry, New York University Law School

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to (Room location will be provided)

zammit and sammour

Accompaniment During Conflict: The Mission of Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria and the Middle East

Easing suffering and offering hope across sectarian lines

Monday, April 13
4:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

With Na​r​was Sammour, SJ, Country Director, JRS Syria and Fr. Michael Zammit, SJ, Regional Director, JRS Middle East

constructing immigrant illegality book cover

Book discussion: Constructing Immigrant 'Illegality': Critiques, Experiences, and Responses

Tuesday, April 28
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511

With Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology, Arizona St. University and Daniel Kanstroom, Professor of Law, Boston College


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

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events