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The week of Jan. 23, the Center, and co-Editor-in-Chief Brinton Lykes (top right), hosted the editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice for their annual meetings.  Lucy Hovil (top left) presented her book "Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging" to an audience on Jan. 25.

News & Announcements


Center co-director Dan Kanstroom is quoted in an article in the Boston Globe about the Boston-based history of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Read 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.

Read 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! Read 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.

Read 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. 

Read 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.  

Read 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.  

Read 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. 

Read 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.

See 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."

Read the call for proposals for the JUHAN conference here.


upcoming events


Book talk: Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History

Thursday, March 2
Devlin 026

With author Linda Rabben.

A light lunch will be served. More information and RSVP required here.

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Screening of the film Beyond the Wall

Tuesday, March 21
Cushing 001

With filmmaker Bestor Cram and men featured in the film.  Co-sponsored by the Center.

More information and RSVP here.


Reimagining Refugee Law

Wednesday, March 29
East Wing 115A

BC Newton campus

With Alex Aleinikoff, Columbia Law School and former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

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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.


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

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events