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On Feb. 22, author Eileen Markey joined the Center to discuss her new book A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura.

News & Announcements

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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. 

Read 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. 

Read 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 recasp of the past semester's events, check it out.

Find 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 undetrgraduate 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.

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Center co-director Daniel Kanstroom spoke to the radio program The World on the  more immediate foreseen effects on immigration and deportation policy under the new Trump administration.  

Access the story and hear the interview on The World here.


Center co-director Daniel Kanstroom is published in the New York Times arguing for deportation reform in the US immigration system as part of its Room for Debate series.  

Access the Kanstroom editorial in the NYT here.

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The CHRIJ Summer Newsletter is now available. Catch up on the Spring 2016 happenings and learn about a few upcoming events. 

Access the 2016 Summer Newsletter »



The International Journal of Transitional Justice, for which Center Co-Director M. Brinton Lykes is a Co-Editor-in-Chief, has also issued a call for papers for for the theme, "Transitional Justice from the Margins: Intersections of Identities, Power and Human Rights." The deadline for submission is July 1, 2017.

Access the IJTJ website for details on the Call for Papers here.

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The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) has issued a call for proposals for its biannual student leadership conference to be held from June 27-29, 2017 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  The theme of next summer's conference is “Principles in Crisis,” and the topic of focus will be "Refugees and Responsibility."

Access the call for proposals for the JUHAN conference here.


upcoming events


Reimagining Refugee Law

Wednesday, March 29
East Wing 115A

BC Newton campus

With Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research, and former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.


Responding to the Travel Bans: An Immigration Lawyer's Role in Resisting

Thursday, March 30
Gasson 306

With Susan Church, immigration lawyer.  More information and RSVP here.

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Conference: State/Federal Tensions in Immigration Enforcement: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Tuesday, April 4
East Wing 120
Boston College Newton campus

A Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College conference co-sponsored by the Center.


Stop THAAD Missile Deployment in Korea: Seongju City People's Protest

Monday, April 10
Devlin 101


  • Reverend Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister; Director, Samdong Educational Retreat Center, Seongju City, South Korea
  • Theodore Postol, PhD, Professor, Science, Technology, and International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Juyeon Rhee, Korea Policy Institute; Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, New York

Moderators: M. Brinton Lykes, Co-Director of the CHRIJ, and Ramsay Liem, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Boston College 

RSVP and more information on April 10 event here.


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

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events