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On Sept. 23, Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry, RSM, BC School of Social Work Prof. Westy Egmont, and BC School of Theology and Ministry student Daniel Corrou, SJ, presented before an overflow crowd in a presentation entitled, "The Syrian Refugees: Are They Just a European Crisis?"

News & Announcements


Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry RSM, and Center Director David Hollenbach SJ, commented on the refugee, or "conflict crisis" currently facing the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, in the BC Chronicle.  

Read the article in the BC Chronicle here.


The Migration and Human Rights Project's 2014-2015 annual report is now available online in English and Spanish.

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The Center has a page dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis to understand more about it and to learn what you can do to help.  

See the page dedicated to the Syrian refugee crisis here.

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The course description for the Spring 2016 Seminar in Human Rights and International Justice, to be taught by Center Director David Hollenbach SJ, and Michael Delaney, Director of Humanitarian Response at Oxfam International, is now online.  

Read the seminar's course description here.

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has voted to bar involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the United States government. Read the NY Times article on the APA ban, and the involvements leading up to it, here.

Read the text of the resolution passed by the APA here.


Filmmaker Luis Argueta, who presented his latest documentary, Abrazos, at a Center-sponsored event in January, has received the prestigious La Orden del Quetzal award for his work with migrants.  

Read the story and Argueta's remarks upon receiving the award here (in Spanish).

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The LA Times recently published an op-ed piece, written by Roy Eidelson and Jean Maria Arrigo, criticizing the American Psychological Association's complicit involvement in the US government's use of torture.


Center Affiliated Faculty member Kalina Brabeck of Rhode Island College releases study detailing challenges facing mixed-status families in Rhode Island.  

See story on Brabeck's study in the Providence Journal here.


World Refugee Day is June 20.  Center Research Professor Maryanne Loughry RSM recently gave a talk on the grim realities of the Syrian refugee crisis.

See Prof. Loughry's presentation on the Syrian refugee crisis here.»


PDHRP supervising attorney Jessica Chicco is quoted in a new report by Human Rights Watch highlighting the extent to which families are being torn apart in the US by the deportation system's treatment of minor drug offenses.

Read the Human Rights Watch press release here, which includes a link to the full report.

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BC Law is one of 13 US-based Jesuit law schools participating in a partnership with JRS/USA to help fill the legal representation gap among unaccompanied children migrants in the US and to make policy recommendations to make the legal process more just for these asylum seekers.

Read an article on JRS/Jesuit law schools partnership and recommendations here.»

Read the partnership's full report "A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants" here.»


Fr. Michael Zammit SJ, Middle East regional director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) spoke at a Center-sponsored event in April.  See this interview in National Catholic Reporter about the situation in Syria and what JRS is doing to accomapny, serve, and advocate for those caught in the midst of war.

Read the National Catholic Reporter article on JRS in Syria here.»

See video from the April JRS event here.».


Center Associate Director Brinton Lykes was one of 30 women peace activists who crossed the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in May in support of peace and human rights in the region.

Read coverage about the historic DMZ crossing on the Brookings Institute's website here.»  See the activist group's website here.»


Center Director David Hollenbach SJ has been named the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center for the fall of 2015.

Read more about Hollenbach's appointment here.»

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Center Director David Hollenbach SJ is quoted in Foreign Policy about Pope Francis' planned address to the US Congress in the fall as it concerns the pope's views on US immigration policy.

Read the article with Hollenbach's comments in Foreign Policy 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.»


upcoming events

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Cuba & the U.S.: Tides of Change

Tuesday, October 13
Gasson 305

With Ariel Dacal Díaz, Popular Educator, Cuba


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Conversations on "Race" and Racism 

Tough Choices: Teaching about Race, Gender and Class Oppression on a Predominantly White Campus

Friday, October 30
Campion 139

With ​BC Prof. of History Lynn Johnson and BC Associate Prof. of Sociology and African & African Diaspora Studies C. Shawn McGuffey

Part 1 of the Center's "Conversations on 'Race'and Racism" this fall. Co-sponsored by ​African and African Diaspora Studies and Psychology and the Other.  A light lunch to be served.  RSVP to


Conversations on "Race" and Racism 

​Fighting Racism by Modeling Inclusion: Reflections of an African-American Dean

Thursday, November 5
Stuart 410

With Vincent Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School

Part 2 of the Center's Conversations on "Race" and Racism series this fall.

Co-sponsored by ​African and African Diaspora Studies and Psychology and the Other.  A light lunch to be served.  RSVP to

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Books Launch & Discussion:

  • The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s

  • The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses

Monday, November 16
Devlin 101

With Marilynn Johnson, BC Professor of History and author of The New Bostonians, and;

Center Associate Directors Brinton Lykes, BC Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology; and Daniel Kanstroom, BC Professor of Law, co-editors of The New Deportations Delirium


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Conversations on "Race" and Racism series

​Critically Engaging White Privilege Towards Institutional Change

Friday, November 20
Campion 139

With Kelli Armstrong,​Vice President for Planning & Assessment at Boston College, and M. Brinton Lykes, Center Associate Director and BC Prof. of Community-Cultural Psychology

Part 3 of the Center's Conversations on "Race" and Racism series this fall.

Co-sponsored by ​African and African Diaspora Studies and Psychology and the Other.  

A light lunch to be served.  RSVP to


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

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