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2011-2012 News

Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Spring-2012

On March 27 Center Directors Brinton Lykes and Daniel Kanstroom were respondents following a showing of abUSed: the Postville Raid by filmmaker Luis Argueta at Paramount Center in Boston. To learn more about the film and it's mission click here.

David Hollenbach, S.J., of Boston College, was in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, from March 4 to 10.  He gave a series of five lectures to the South Sudan National Legislature on The Challenge of Human Dignity, Justice, and the Common Good in South Sudan. Read more about Fr. Hollenbach's trip in the BC Chronicle here.

Center Director David Hollenbach S.J. will be participating in the "Borders and Transnationalism: Religious Perspectives" Symposium taking place at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Further information on the Symposium can be viewed here.

Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom gave a major lecture, "Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History" at Northwestern U. on Feb. 23. See the flyer here.

Center Director David Hollenbach, SJ, has co-authored with Thomas Shannon an article for America magazine on the current debates about religious liberty and the official moral teachings of the Catholic Church, “A Balancing Act: What Catholic Teaching Says About the Church's Rights and the Rights of All.” View it here.

Center's Post-Deportation Human Rights Project gets federal court victory aimed at clarifying a method of return for wrongfully deported persons.  Read press release here. Read the decision here.

The Center's Winter 2011-12 newsletter is now available online!  News from last semester's happenings and a look forward to this semester's events.  Read it here.

Center Associate Director Dan Kanstroom quoted in article in The Nation on deportation.  Read the article here.

The Center is now accepting applications for 2012 Summer Research Grants! BC graduate and undergraduate students eligible to apply.  Application deadline March 29.  See details here.

The Center is looking for a BC undergrad for a summer 2012 intern!  Application deadline March 16.  See details here.

David Hollenbach, S.J., of Boston College, was in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, from March 4 to 10.  He gave a series of five lectures to the South Sudan National Legislature on The Challenge of Human Dignity, Justice, and the Common Good in South Sudan.  The lectures addressed:

1.         Respect for dignity and ethnic identity as keys to building national unity.

2.         Justice, the common good, and the use of resources (land, oil, water) to benefit all.

3.         Human rights, empowerment of the people and building sustainable democracy.

4.         Civil society, governmental accountability, and the dangers of corruption.

5.         Restorative justice, reconciliation, and building long-term peace

In addition, he conducted workshops for several church groups, including 60 representatives of branches of Caritas Internationalis (Catholic development and relief agencies from Europe and North America), and the directors of pastoral activity for the eight Catholic dioceses of South Sudan.  His trip was sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and by the project of a number of Catholic religious orders called Solidarity with South Sudan, in collaboration with the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba.

To see photos from this trip click here.

Center Director David Hollenbach S.J. will be participating in the following Symposium held at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.:

Borders and Transnationalism: Religious Perspectives (A Migration, Theology and Faith Forum Symposium)

"This interdisciplinary and interreligious symposium brings together scholars and practitioners to explore some of the connections between migration, religion, and theology in a mobile and globalized world. Featured papers include a discussion of the theology of immigration policy, Eucharist at the border, the shaping of Sudanese Muslim family values by borders, as well as practitioners discussing border projects that support migrants, among other topics. Rev. Dr. Susanna Snyder from Episcopal Divinity School and Dr. Kristen Lucken from Brandeis University are conveners of the Migration, Theology and Faith Forum. Dr. David Hollenbach SJ, University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and Director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston University, and Dr. Wendy Cadge, Associate Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University will serve as respondents to the two panels."

Event Details

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tyler Room, Burnham Hall, Episcopal Divinity School, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Event flyer can be viewed here.

New resource section on Jesuit Refugee Service International site reflecting on JRS stories from the field and theological reflections about them launches.  Product of collaboration between the CHRIJ, JRS, and the BC School of Social Work.  View story here and section here.

The Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice has recently published it's 2010-2011 Annual Report! You can read it along with past reports here.

Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes and PDHRP Supervising Attorney Jessica Chicco publish “Deportation Policy and Practices in the Obama Administration: “The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same” in Encuentro, the magazine of the University of Central America (UCA). Read the article here.

Center Director David Hollenbach SJ and Center Affiliated Faculty Lisa Cahill and James Keenan SJ publish in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Moral Theology, available free online here.

Center Director David Hollenbach S.J. recently wrote an article published in Political Theology titled “Migration as a Challenge for Theological Ethics”. The article serves as an introduction to a special edition of the journal focusing on migration issues. The article can be read here.

Fall-2011

Center Director David Hollenbach S.J., traveled to South Sudan in August and wrote an article entitled "New Nation, New Responsibilities" in the October 3 edition of America magazine. The article can be read here.

On October 10, 2011, the Migration, Theology and Faith Forum (MTFF) is holding its first Resource Day! The day will provide a space for religious leaders, immigrant communities, theologians, activists and academics to share ideas. To see the event poster click here. To see more about the event click here.

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project's 2010-2011 annual report is now available online in English and Spanish.

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project applauds ABA Support of the Right of Deportees to Reopen their Immigration Cases. Read their statement here.

Prof. Maryanne Loughry, RSM, presented a paper entitled "Children, Violence and Resilience" in Bangkok, Thailand in June.  

Read more here.

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project applauds ABA Support of the Right of Deportees to Reopen their Immigration Cases. Read their statement here.

The Post-Deportation Human Rights Project's 2010-2011 annual report is now available online in English and Spanish.

From Oct. 7-9, the CHRIJ convened at BC "A Consultation on the Theological, Spiritual and Ethical Bases of the Work of Jesuit Refugee Service" with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) staff and theologians from around the world as part of the Center's ongoing collaboration with JRS.  Read more about it and what is to come in the future here.

PDHRP practice advisory instrumental in educating counsel on successful Post-Departure Bar appeal. Read about it in the American Immigration Lawyers Association publication "Voice" here.

CHRIJ Summer 2011 newsletter is online! Click here to view.

Deadline extended for application to Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice.  The deadline to apply for the spring seminar has been extended until Dec. 5, with rolling admissions.  Undergraduate seniors interested will also be considered for the course.  See the seminar description and application instructions here.