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A look back at our 2015-2016 events

News & Announcements


Center co-director Daniel Kanstroom is published in the New York Times arguing for deportation reform in the US iimigration 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.


Three hundred twenty-five Human Rights, Social Justice, Faith-Based, Labor, and Immigrant Rights Groups Call for an International Convergence at the U.S./Mexico Border from October 7-10, 2016. Read this Call for International Convergence here.

Español: 325 organizaciones de defensa de derechos humanos y de migrantes, de justicia social, religiosos y laborales, hacen un llamado a una Convergencia Internacional en la frontera entre México y EEUU los días 7, 8, 9 y 10 de octubre del 2016. Lea este llamado aquí.

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Center Co-Director Daniel Kanstroom penned a review of the new book "John Lennon vs. the USA," by Leon Wildes, in the Washington Post.  

Read Kanstroom's review of the book here.


Center bids farewell to longtime Director David Hollenbach, S.J. and announces naming of Associate Directors Daniel Kanstroom and Brinton Lykes as new Co-Directors of the Center.

Read the statement on the Center directors here.


The Migration and Human Rights Project's 2015-2016 annual report is now available online in English and Spanish.


Center researchers Prof. Brinton Lykes, PhD student Kevin Ferreira and former PDHRP Supervising Attorney Jessica Chicco helped co-author a policy statement on family detention for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA).  

See a two page summary of the SCRA policy statement here.   Or read the full SCRA policy statement here.

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Center signs on to letter to President Obama urging the administration to lift restrictions to healthcare access for people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the full press release for more information about the letter to President Obama.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has released its annual report on forced migrants. There were a record 63.5 million forcibly displaced people as of the end of 2015, a 10% increase over last year.  

See a summary of the UNHCR report findings, and a link to the report itself, here.  

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Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. commented on wealthy nations' obligations towards refugees as part of a discussion on the fate of the hundreds of thousands of refugees set to be repatriated with the Kenyan government's intended closure of the huge Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps this coming November, in an article in America magazine. 

See Hollenbach's comments in the America article here.


Center Director David Hollenbach, S.J. gave an in-depth interview for a piece on the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly entitled "Ethical Obligations to Displaced People." 

See the PBS video and transcript here.


Two new modules have been added to the Center's ESOL/KYR Toolkit. Read more about "Protecting Families in Cases of Separation" and "Understanding the US School System" »


upcoming events


The US and Mexico: A Strong and Profitable Partnership

Monday, September 26
5:00 p.m.
Walsh Hall, Room 131

NEW LOCATION: Fulton Honors Library, Fulton Hall

With Emilio Rabasa-Gamboa, General Consul of Mexico in New England.

A Latin American Studies program event co-sponsored by the Center

Kalina Brabeck

After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'? Conversation series

The Influence of Immigrant Parent Legal Status on Immigrant Families and Developmental Outcomes for US-born Middle Childhood Children

Thursday, October 6
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McGuinn 334

With Kalina Brabeck, Associate Professor of Counseling, Rhode Island College. This event is Part 2 of the “After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'?” conversation series this fall.

Lunch to be served. RSVP required here »

David Hollenbach, S.J.

Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach, S.J.

Friday, October 14 - Saturday, October 15
Gasson Hall & Simboli Hall, Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Center.

Register online by October 10 »

medea benjamin

Book discussion: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection

Thursday, October 20
Gasson 305

With Medea Benjamin, author and co-founder of the organization Code Pink.

More information and RSVP for the Benjamin event here »

Roberto Gonzales

After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'? Conversation series

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Thursday, November 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Campion Hall, Room 139

With Roberto Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University. This event is Part 3 of the “After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'?” conversation series this fall.

Lunch to be served. RSVP required here »

Mary Waters

After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'? Conversation series

The War on Crime and the War on Immigrants: Racial and Legal Exclusion in the 21st Century United States

Thursday, November 17
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

With Mary Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. This event is Part 4 of the “After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'?” conversation series this fall.

Lunch to be served. RSVP required here »


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

Past Events | Video of Past Events | Area Events