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On Oct. 6, Rhode Island College Professor of Counseling Kalina Brabeck spoke to a crowd on "The Influence of Immigrant Parent Legal Status on Immigrant Families and Developmental Outcomes for US-born Middle Childhood Children"

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.


upcoming events

Robin E. Eichen

Immigrant Exploitation

Friday, October 28
BC Law School, East Wing, Room 120

With Robin E.Eichen, Federal Trade Commission; Westy Egmont, BC School of Social Work; Mary Holper, BC Law School;  Daniel Kanstroom, BC Law School and Co-Director of CHRIJ; and Timothy Depin, Office of the Attorney General.

Two young women attend an immigration rally. Image by Elvert Barnes via Flickr.

WORKSHOP: Immigrant Lives & Realities: A Look at Greater Boston and Beyond 

Tuesday, November 1
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The training is co-sponsored by the BC programs PULSE and 4Boston. To attend, RSVP on our events page 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 »


Screening of Nazi Law: Legally Blind

Monday, November 7
4:00 p.m. 
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In honor of the late Rev. Raymond G. Helmick, SJ. With film producers Prof. John J. Michalczyk and Prof. Susan A. Michalczyk.

Co-sponsored by the Center.

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.
Barat House, BC Newton campus

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:

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