Boston College Law School and Boston College School of Social Work will hold the inaugural Boston College Global Migration Conference: Inclusion and Exclusion on April 11-12, 2019 at the Boston College Law School campus in Newton, MA.
In the United States and around the world, exclusionary politics and policies against migration – and against the inclusion of migrants into many nation states – are on the rise. What can and what should be done?
On April 11 and 12, 2019, the Boston College Global Migration Conference: Inclusion and Exclusion will bring together leading experts – academics, policymakers, activists, refugee rights advocates, and mental health professionals – to address global trends and tensions between inclusion and exclusion.
Join us as we examine various visions and details of global migration policies in this critical moment, with a particular focus on whether current professional legal and social work service models are sufficient, and how, together, we may best understand and protect the rights of non citizens.
CEUs for Social Workers: Participants who register as social workers will be eligible for a total of 9 CEUs for the conference. Each Plenary is 1 CEU; each Concurrent Session is 1.5 CEUs.
The Boston College Global Migration Conference will provide a forum to examine policies, programs, and practices related to immigration in the current geopolitical climate, and consider social, legal, and policy solutions. Registration for this event is now open.
Lawyers, social workers, policy makers, and community members are encouraged to attend.
General Registration fee: $299 (includes breakfasts, lunches, and onsite parking)
CEUs for Social Workers: Participants who register as social workers will be eligible for a total of 9 CEUs for the conference. Each Plenary is 1 CEU; each Concurrent Session is 1.5 CEUs.
A limited number of seats are available for those who require financial assistance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2019, with a brief statement of need.
Registration deadline: April 5, 2019
All sales are final; no refunds. Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.
Global Migration Conference: Inclusion and Exclusion
|8:30 AM–9:15 AM||Breakfast & Networking
|9:15 AM–9:30 AM||Opening Remarks
Vincent Rougeau and Gautam N. Yadama
|9:30 AM–10:45 AM||Plenary I:
Opening Keynote: E. Tendayi Achiume
|10:45 AM–11:00 AM||Break|
|11:00 AM–12:30 PM||Concurrent Sessions 1|
|A. Evolving International Approaches to Migration Control
Moderator: Daniel Kanstroom
Panelist: Don Kerwin
Panelist: Jacqueline Bhabha
|B. Admission and Exclusion
Moderator: Brinton Lykes
Panelist: Denise Gilman
Panelist: José Luis Rocha Gómez
Panelist: Jodi Berger Cardoso
|C. Naturalization: Right, Responsibility, Obligation
Moderator: Dominik Hangartener
Panelist: Muzaffar Chishti
Panelist: Sofya Aptekar
|12:30 PM–1:45 PM||Lunch and Plenary II:
Inclusion & Exclusion: Global Impact on Migration
|1:45 PM–3:15 PM
||Concurrent Sessions 2|
A. The Human Rights of Migrants: Current Tensions and Controversies
|B. Rights and Public Benefits
Moderator: Westy Egmont
Panelist: Lauren Duquette-Rury
Panelist: Renato Rocha
Moderator: Mary Holper
Panelist: Silky Shah
Panelist: Laurie Melrood
Panelist: César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
|3:15 PM–3:30 PM||Break & Book Signing: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco|
|3:30 PM–5:00 PM||Concurrent Sessions 3
|A. Does Migration Help or Hurt the National Labor Market?
Moderator: Ethan Lewis
Panelist: Peter Skerry
Panelist: Jeremy Robbins
|B. Approaching Migrant Communities from Trauma-Informed Yet Strengths-Based Approaches
Moderator: Theresa Betancourt
Panelist: Nina Rabin
Panelist: Mina Fazel
Panelist: Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith
|8:30 AM–9:30 AM||Breakfast and Plenary III: Humanitarian Responses to Migration
Moderator: Thomas Crea
Panelist: Thomas H. Smolich, S.J.
Panelist: Sean Callahan
|9:30 AM–10:30 AM||TBA
|10:30 AM–10:45 AM||Break
|10:45 AM–12:15 PM||Concurrent Sessions 4|
|A. Five Decades of Exclusion: Immigrants and Health Care
Moderator: Margaret Lombe
Panelist: Roberto Gonzales
Panelist: Leighton Ku
Panelist: Saida Abdi
|B. Whose Business is Immigrant Integration?
Moderators: Westy Egmont
Panelist: Sarah Spencer
Panelist: Eva Millona
|12:15 PM||Conference Concludes
Concurrent Sessions 1: Thursday, April 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1A: Evolving International Approaches to Migration Control
There are now some 250 million “international migrants” around the world. The majority, mostly workers, travel in a “safe, orderly, and regular manner.” But tens of millions of “irregular migrants” are in flight seeking protection and safety—a “desperation migration” that continues “despite walls, fences, barriers, guards, patrol ships, warnings, and nativist political rhetoric.” (Chamie, 2013, 2016);
Governments respond in widely varying ways. Protective measures are ostensibly designed to deter dangerous migration, to oversee labor systems, and to protect the persecuted and desperate. But many actions are quite the opposite: harsh, punitive, arbitrary, anomalous, discriminatory, and disproportionate systems of exclusion, detention, and deportation.
Migration control calls into question aspects of State sovereignty itself, as illustrated by evolving “Global Compacts” on refugee policy and global migration, Europe’s Frontex agency, an EU “explosion” of bilateral agreements to “return” rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants (Weber 2015), Australian off-shore detention, Israeli agreements with Uganda and Rwanda to process deported asylum-seekers, bi-lateral “repatriation” agreements, etc. This session will explore these trends.
1B: Admission and Exclusion
This interdisciplinary and international panel focuses on the growing numbers of Central Americans heading to the United States from their countries of origin. Jose Luis Rocha, Nicaraguan sociologist, activist scholar, and journalist with Envío, will initiate our conversation by historically and politically situating the factors pushing a growing and increasingly diverse group of migrants north from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and the additional pressures facing them due to current US-Mexico relations. Jodi Berger Cardoso will then discuss some of the psychosocial effects of such journeys on unaccompanied youth and children in mixed-status families who are currently creating new communities within US borders. Finally, Denise Gilman will discuss the expansion of immigration, detention, and other exclusionary border policies in an ill-fated effort to deter migration and to prevent entry into the geographical and legal terrain of the United States. Together these scholar advocates offer analyses and actions for resisting US policies and practices that violate international human rights law and the dignity of migrants.
1C: Naturalization: Right, Responsibility, Obligation
Citizenship is a basic element of nation building, identity, and integration. In the U.S., naturalization processing has been extended from six months under President Bush to 13 months under President Trump. What forces and consequences are identifiable and what patterns are precursors to robust economic and civic life of sovereign states? Given the importance of naturalization to civic engagement, especially voting, and to full economic opportunity, what naturalization policies and practices foster the full integration of the foreign-born?
Concurrent Sessions 2: Thursday, April 11, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
2A: The Human Rights of Migrants: Current Tensions & Controversies
The basic tension between State sovereignty and human rights is perhaps the most fundamental problem of global migration. As Seyla Benhabib has noted, the “cornerstone of the international order established in the wake of World War II, with the founding of the United Nations (1945) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), is the dual commitment to free and equal state sovereignty and the universality of human rights.” (Benhabib, Cameron, et al. 2013). This panel will explore recent examples of the difficulties of this dual commitment, with a goal of systematic and pragmatic rethinking, such as the protection of women who flee from “domestic violence,” family detention and separation of parents from children, protection of victims of “human trafficking,” and protection of “climate change” refugees. Panelists may also consider recent comprehensive attempts to catalogue the international law rights of migrants in relation to the particular regime of refugee law.
2B: Rights and Public Benefits
Given diverse welfare regimes around the world and especially in OECD member states, contemporary eligibility and exclusion policy debates and political rhetoric place immigrants of all status in precarious circumstances. From elder services to CHIP to changes in public charge policy, benefit eligibility, utilization, and availability are current issues demanding legal action and social work engagement. Evident in the U.S. health access and visible in Italian restrictionist efforts, the broad array of public benefits are increasingly politicized and their utilization and associated costs are perceived as a basis for national limited admission policies. An integration framework is seldom a dynamic factor in assessing these policies, yet these same issues are fundamental elements in integration as well as the wellbeing of foreign born residents.
Immigration Detention, viewed by the U.S. courts as “civil” and therefore not punishment for any crime, looks and feels like punitive detention, yet immigration detainees do not have the procedural protections afforded to those who are detained as part of the criminal process. In the U.S., immigration detainees can languish in jail for years fighting their deportation cases, and the conditions of confinement are worsened when the government uses private prisons to detain migrants. The U.S. maintains the largest immigration detention system in the world, detaining a daily average of 40,500 people in fiscal year 2017 in 205 facilities around the country.
Concurrent Sessions 3: Thursday, April 11, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3A: Does Migration Help or Hurt the National Labor Market?
With lively debates about the value of skilled immigrant preferences over family based immigration, research detailing the needs of national economies becomes more central to evidence-based policy making. What are the measurable outcomes from varied levels and types of immigration policy, and what can nations predict based on economic studies of trends?
3B: Approaching Migrant Communities from Trauma-Informed yet Strengths-Based Approaches
The problem: Too often populations affected by humanitarian crises and forced migration are seen from a deficits perspective. What are innovative ways to both honor and build on the strengths of migrant communities as we interact with them as social work and legal professionals? How can prevention programs and community and family based initiatives promote the human capability of young migrants and refugees? What initiatives and models exist both in terms of policies and programs? What lessons have been learned?
Concurrent Sessions 4: Friday, April 12, 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
4A: Five Decades of Exclusion: Immigrants and Health Care
In 1971, Sue and McKinney wrote their now classic study that immigrants, primarily from racial and ethnic minority groups, were less likely than U.S.-born individuals to seek care when they had health problems. When they did seek care, immigrants were less likely to receive quality care than their counterparts. Fast forward to recent research which show that immigrants are less likely to access care compared to their U.S.-born counterparts and, when they did seek care, they were apt to receive poorer care than non-immigrants. Despite a substantial investment in research, policies, and programs to address this problem, why has this inequality in access to health care and to quality treatment endured? This panel provides insights about some possible reasons which lead to these enduring inequalities and potential solutions.
4B: Whose Business is Immigrant Integration?
Cases like Plyler v. Doe in the U.S. and Elisabeta Dano v. Jobcenter Leipzig in Germany define national landscapes of integration. The law’s function as protection against short-term political efforts to demonize and disqualify millions of residents from public benefits in their adopted countries is of paramount importance to the current environment. Integration is the dynamic two-way process in which newcomers and the receiving society work together to build secure, vibrant, and cohesive communities. How is a nation built? What makes a country secure internally? To what are people assimilating? Are they entering a permanent second class? Does a multicultural nation pose different issues than an assimilationist nation? What is the process and what impacts this process to foster successful integration and full economic and personal achievement and civic participation in the adopted homeland? Law and social work play primary roles in the process, the protections, and the provisions that foster integration.
Saida Abdi, LICSW, MSW., M.A., is the Director of Community Relations at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, a clinical social worker, and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University and another Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her PhD at Boston University. She is a native of Somalia and a former refugee herself. Ms. Abdi has worked for more than 20 years in the area of refugee youth and families, developing school-based programs to support adjustment of refugee youth in resettlement and community-based research and intervention. For the past 8 years, she has worked at the Boston Children’s Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center as a part of SAMHSA funded project to develop and implement refugee mental health interventions. She has organized trainings on the issue of promoting resilience and reducing risk behaviors among refugee youth for educators, policy-makers, clinicians and community leaders. She is trained in Trauma System’s Therapy and is an expert in building culturally responsive interventions.
E. Tendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The current focus of her work is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. Her publications include: Migration as Decolonization, Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2019); Governing Xenophobia, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (forthcoming 2018); Syria, Cost-Sharing and the Responsibility to Protect Refugees, 100 Minnesota Law Review 687 (2015); and Beyond Prejudice: Structural Xenophobic Discrimination Against Refugees, 45(2) Georgetown Journal of International Law 323 (2014). In November 2017, the UN Human Rights Council appointed her the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance making Professor Achiume the first woman to serve in this role.
Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, PHD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) and at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has cared for forced migrants, including survivors of torture, armed conflict, and human rights abuses from around the world at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture since 1999. Dr. Akinsulure-Smith has participated in human rights investigations in Sierra Leone and served as a joint expert on gender crimes and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the International Criminal Court. She provides forensic evaluations, human rights consultations, and frequently works with attorneys handling cases involving torture, trauma and maltreatment. In addition to her teaching and clinical work, Dr. Akinsulure-Smith is the recipient of several grants. She has written extensively about service provision to and mental health challenges facing forced migrants. https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/adeyinka-akinsulure-smith-phd-abpp.
Sofya Aptekar is an assistant professor of Sociology and core faculty in the Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies program at UMass Boston. Dr. Aptekar’s research focuses on immigration, citizenship, race and ethnicity, urban public space, gentrification, and alternatives to capitalism. She is currently writing a manuscript about immigrants in the US military, tentatively titled The Green Card Soldier. Dr. Aptekar will be a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar in 2019-2020. As an RSF scholar, she will collaborate with Dr. Amy Hsin on another book project, based on their long-term research project on undocumented youth in New York City. Dr. Aptekar’s first book, The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States, was published in 2015 by Rutgers University Press. Her research has appeared in multiple scholarly journals, including Social Problems, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Forum, and Citizenship Studies.
Theresa S. Betancourt is the inaugural Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). She is Principal Investigator of an intergenerational, longitudinal study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone (LSWAY). Dr. Betancourt has also developed and evaluated the impact of a Family Strengthening Intervention for HIV-affected children and families and is leading the investigation of a home-visiting early childhood development (ECD) intervention to promote enriched parent-child relationships and prevent violence that can be integrated within poverty reduction/social protection initiatives in Rwanda. In the U.S., she is engaged in community-based participatory research on family-based prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S. through the collaborative development and evaluation of parenting programs led by refugees for refugees that can be linked to prevention services involving refugee community health workers.
Jacqueline Bhabha is the Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 1997 to 2001, Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the author of Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? (2018), Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (2014), co-editor of the Research Handbook on Child Migration (2018) and editor of Human Rights and Adolescence (2014) and Children Without A State (2011).
Sean Callahan is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. He is a 30-year agency veteran who has held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sean served as COO from 2012-2016, responsible for Overseas & U.S. Operations and Human Resources. He was EVP for Overseas Operations from 2004-2012, and regional director for South Asia from 1998-2004. Before his assignment to South Asia, he served as director of Human Resources for CRS in Baltimore, and previously he worked in West, Central, and Southern Africa, Costa Rica, and as the director of the CRS Nicaragua program.
Sean is the Vice President of Caritas Internationalis (CI), president of Caritas North America (2015-2019), and serves on the Executive Board and Representative Council of CI (2011‒2019). Sean holds a master’s in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also received a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in Spanish.
Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso has over 15 years of clinical experience working with immigrant populations. Dr. Cardoso’s research examines how exposure to trauma and psychosocial stress before, during and post-migration affects the mental health of Latinx immigrants and their children. She was funded to examine the unique stressors associated parenting in the context of deportation risk; trauma, coping strategies, and substance use behaviors in unaccompanied migrant youth; and the local and state challenges associated with large influxes of Central American children and families in four states. Recently, she received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine how immigration enforcement affects the mental health and academic outcomes of Latino youth. Dr. Cardoso works with humanitarian organizations and has served as an expert witness in gender based violence and child trauma cases. Prior to getting a degree in social work, Dr. Cardoso was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador (1999-2002).
Muzaffar Chishti is Director of MPI’s office at New York University School of Law. His work focuses on U.S. immigration policy, the intersection of labor and immigration law, immigration enforcement, civil liberties, and immigrant integration. Mr. Chishti served as Director of the Immigration Project of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE), and serves on the boards of the National Immigration Law Center, New York Immigration Coalition, and the Asian American Federation. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Coordinating Committee on Immigration. He has as testified on immigration policy issues before Congress and is frequently quoted in the media. In 1992, he assisted the Russian Parliament in drafting its legislation on forced migrants and refugees. He is a 1994 recipient of the New York State Governor's Award for Outstanding Asian Americans and a 1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mr. Chishti was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi; the University of Delhi; Cornell Law School; and the Columbia School of International Affairs.
Thomas M. Crea, Assistant Dean of Global Programs at the School of Social Work, Boston College. He is a former licensed clinical social worker with previous experience as a mental health therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children, and as a foster care adoption worker and supervisor providing home study assessments and post-placement support to families. Dr. Crea has experience in local, national, and international research projects, related to social interventions for vulnerable children and families. Dr. Crea’s research focuses on the intersections of child welfare, refugee social protection and education, and strengthening humanitarian aid and international development programs. His research spans multiple countries, which in addition to the U.S. have included Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Professor Crea uses primarily mixed methods, participatory research methodologies designed to produce rigorous yet useful findings for stakeholders working with at-risk populations.
Lauren Duquette-Rury is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University. Her current research examines how sociopolitical threats to immigrants in the form of anti-immigrant rhetoric, restrictive immigration policies, and interior enforcement programs shape immigrant integration. Other work analyzes how interior enforcement affects health and birth outcomes of Latina women and how transnational ties affect political participation and national identity. Her work is published in the American Sociology Review and International Migration Review, among other outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Academies, and the UCLA Hellman Fellows Program. Her first book is forthcoming with University of California Press. Before joining Wayne State, she was faculty at UCLA and a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. Professor Duquette-Rury received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Westy Egmont’s teaching focus is social policy and the needs of the increasing cosmopolitan population of the foreign-born. With a doctorate in pastoral counseling, Dr. Egmont has focused on the human needs and social services of newcomer communities, immigrant rights, and the complex, dynamic, two-way process of immigrant integration. His work has led to the creation of BCSSW's Immigrant Integration Lab, a pioneering endeavor relating demographic shifts of developed nations, social policy, and social practices that foster the full economic, social, and civic participation of the newcomer to the receiving society as well as studying the mechanisms of incorporation. Prior work includes: missionary educator in Kenya, executive leadership of anti-poverty social service agencies, and President of the International Institute of Boston, a comprehensive agency serving immigrants and refugees. Dr. Egmont emphasizes the role social work can play in fostering thriving migrant families and communities.
Mina Fazel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Department of Children’s Psychological Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been working for almost two decades on mental health issues concerning refugee populations, who have often been exposed to considerable ‘disasters’ and have been exposed to many potentially traumatic events. As a result she has developed two focuses in her work- firstly how best to provide services for populations who are hard to reach which has led to an interest in school-based mental health services as well as advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum seeking children across the globe. Her second interest is in improving access to evidence-based trauma therapies, and she was amongst the first practitioners to be trained to deliver Narrative Exposure Therapy in the UK and has been involved in training over 300 practitioners in NET across the UK and improving trauma-focused therapies and services.
Denise Gilman teaches and directs the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School where she works with students to handle a range of immigration cases with a focus on asylum and detained cases in removal proceedings. Professor Gilman received her undergraduate degree with honors in political science from Northwestern University. She received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law where she served on the Law Review. Professor Gilman has written and practiced extensively in the international human rights and immigrants' rights fields. Her most recent article is Immigration Detention, Inc., in the Journal on Migration and Human Security.
José Luis Rocha Gómez is Senior Researcher at the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala and associate Researcher with the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Philipps-Universiät Marburg, Germany. His work focuses on issues relating to youth gangs, social movements, political analysis, and migration. He is a member of the editorial committees of the academic journals Encuentro (Nicaragua) and Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos (Costa Rica). His last publications include the books La desobediencia de las masas. La migración no autorizada de centroamericanos a Estados Unidos como desobediencia civil (2018) and Expulsados de la globalización (2011).
Roberto G. Gonzales is professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. In particular, his research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press), is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for twelve years. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Dominik Hangartner is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at ETH Zurich and in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (currently on leave). He is also a Faculty Co-Director of the Immigration Policy Lab, with branches at Stanford University and ETH Zurich.
After pre-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University, Washington University in Saint Louis, and the University of California, Berkeley, Dominik received his Ph.D. in Social Science from the University of Bern in 2011.
Dominik uses field work and statistics to study the effects of migration policies and political institutions. His work has been published in leading scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Science, and has received several awards including the Philip Leverhulme Prize and an ERC Starting Grant.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a scholar of migration at the University of Denver College of Law where he is also an associate professor and co-director of the Immigration Justice Project. César’s second book, Migrating to Prison: Immigration in the Era of Mass Incarceration, will be published by The New Press in 2019. His first book, Crimmigration Law, appeared in 2015. His scholarly articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and other journals, and he has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Newsweek, among other influential media. He also publishes the blog crimmigration.com.
Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. She has taught the Immigration and Advanced Immigration Clinic, Immigration Law, Immigration Practice, and the Global Citizen Interdisciplinary Seminar. Throughout her career, she has represented immigration detainees who face removal and has participated in impact litigation challenging immigration detention and the classification of the overuse of crimmigration terms of art. Mary has spoken on numerous panels about immigration issues and has written various law reviews articles and practice g uides regarding immigration issues. She also has received several awards, including two awards from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project: the 2007 Detention Attorney Award in 2007 and the 2018 Sarah B. Ignatius Award for Outstanding Service and Excellence in the Law Award.
Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law and Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. He is Faculty Director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy and co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He founded the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project and the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Clinic. With his students, he has represented hundreds of clients and authored amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court. His recent published work includes: Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora (Oxford University Press 2012); Deportation Nation (Harvard University Press 2007); The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses (with M. Brinton Lykes, NYU Press 2015); and Constructing Illegality (with sociologist Cecilia Menjivar, Cambridge University Press 2013). He has also published in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the French Gazette du Palais. He was a member of the national Immigration Commission of the American Bar Association.
Donald Kerwin directs the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), a New York-based educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. CMS is a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), which consists of more than 270 organizations that serve, safeguard and advocate for migrants throughout the world. Mr. Kerwin also serves as the executive editor of CMS’s Journal on Migration and Human Security. Prior to CMS, Mr. Kerwin worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s Executive Director for 15 years. He also worked as Vice-President for Programs and as a non-resident senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. He has served on numerous boards, commissions and advisory groups.
Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH is a professor of health policy and director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University. He has conducted substantial research about immigrants and their access to health care services in the US. He has also worked with a number of public and nonprofit agencies to advance policies related to immigrants' access to care. Prior to coming to GW, he worked at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and at the Urban Institute.
Ethan Lewis is an Associate Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research investigates how U.S. labor markets adjust to immigration and to technological change, including how employers adapt their production technology to the local availability of immigrant workers. His newest work investigates the impact of U.S. immigration policies, including the Reagan amnesty. His findings have appeared in top economics journals, including the American Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Journal, and The Review of Economics and Statistics. His work has been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Newsweek and other media outlets. Ethan received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 2003.
Margaret Lombe Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Boston College School of Social Work and a faculty associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Her expertise includes social inclusion/exclusion, capacity building, food security, nutrition assessment, causal analyses, validation of measures and, evaluation of programs. Her research portfolio examines social effects of foreclosure; livelihood mechanisms in vulnerable households; the intersectionality of poverty and disability; empowerment of HIV-affected children; and capacity building strategies. Dr. Lombe has conducted evaluations for international development organizations and is a consultant to the United Nations Experts Group Meetings on inclusion/exclusion. A member of Policy Unit 1, she provided guidance to UN-HABITAT III, the New Urban Agenda for inclusive cities. She serves on journal editorial boards, is the author of over 30 book chapters, reports, peer reviewed publications and, co-editor of Children and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Maryanne Loughry is research professor in the School of Social Work at Boston College and a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Dr Loughry has worked in refugee work with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) commencing as a psychologist in detention centres and refugee camps in South East Asia in 1988 and presently chairs JRS’s international advisory council on staff well being. Dr Loughry has served as a member of the Australian Government's Minister of Immigration's Advisory Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD) and serves on the Governing Committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC). She is presently researching the effects of climate-induced displacement in the Pacific. In 2010 she was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to displaced persons.
M. Brinton Lykes is a community-cultural psychologist and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. Her participatory and action research in collaboration with community-based NGOs draws on local knowledge and creative resources to explore and respond to the psychosocial effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence; racialized gendered violence, including sexual violence against Maya women; and the effects of detention and deportation on mixed-status families. She has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters and co-edited or co-authored six books including the forthcoming monograph, with Alison Crosby, Beyond Repair? Mayan Women’s Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the American Psychological Association in recognition of her work. Lykes is also co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and an active board member of Grassroots International, IMPUNITY WATCH, Women’s Rights International, and other organizations.
Laurie Melrood, LMSW, holds a masters’ degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She is a family services consultant to the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and to southern Arizona immigrant support organizations engaged in protecting immigrant rights and keeping families together. She organizes tours to Mexico for attorneys, community advocates, and social workers seeking information on migrant conditions in the border region. As coordinator of a broad binational collaborative effort, the Southern Arizona Transnational Task Force, at the Pima County Juvenile Court in Tucson, she has overseen the production of a best practices manual for child welfare personnel, judicial officers, and attorneys seeking to reunify parents and children separated due to ICE enforcement, and co-edited a rights defense manual for vulnerable parents. In collaboration with immigrant networks and the local Mexico Consulate, she offers workshops on immigrant parent rights and a support group for mothers with deported spouses.
Eva A. Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. She joined MIRA in 1999 and served as Director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in 2008, and she is now one of New England’s most highly quoted immigration experts. Prior to MIRA, Ms. Millona directed the refugee resettlement program in Central Massachusetts. In her native Albania, she practiced civil and criminal law, serving on Tirana’s District Court from 1989 – 1992, when she was the nation’s youngest district judge ever appointed.
Ms. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and serves on the Attorney General’s Council for New Americans. In 2010, she co-chaired the nation’s largest immigrant integration conference, which MIRA hosted in Boston. She is the recipient of over a dozen major awards, including the prestigious 2009 USCIS Outstanding American by Choice Award, the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award, and the 2011 and 2012 Powermeter Award, presented to the most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts.
Professor Karen Musalo is the founding director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings. She is lead co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and Comparative Approach (5th edition), as well as numerous reports, book chapters, and articles. Prof. Musalo has litigated major cases in gender asylum, serving as lead attorney in Matter of Kasinga, counsel in Matter of R-A-, amicus in Matter of A-R-C-G-, and co-counsel in Matter of A-B-. She has received numerous awards for her pioneering legal work, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lehman College in 2012. Her current research focuses on gender based violence in the northern triangle countries; Prof. Musalo’s recent authoritative article on El Salvador is entitled El Salvador: A Peace Worse than War: Violence, Gender, and a Failed Legal Response, published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.
Nina Rabin is Director of the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law. She was previously Clinical Professor of Law at University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where she founded and directed a Workers’ Rights Clinic, and co-directed an Immigration Law Clinic. In each of the legal clinics she has developed and directed, Prof. Rabin has worked in partnership with community organizations and local institutions to best serve the multi-faceted needs of mixed status families. At the same time, she has undertaken policy research and advocacy to study and document the impact of immigration enforcement on women and families. She has authored articles and reports on the consequences of immigration enforcement for children in immigrant families, working conditions of immigrant women workers, immigrants’ parental rights, and the treatment of women fleeing gender-based violence in immigration detention.
Jaya Ramji-Nogales is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the I. Herman Stern Research Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, where she was a founding Co-Chair of the Migration Law Interest Group, and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London. Her current work focuses on the concept of global migration law and on refugee law under the Trump administration. Prof. Ramji-Nogales’ recent publications uncover the role of international law in constructing migration emergencies and critique human rights law as insufficiently attentive to the interests of undocumented migrants. She previously co-authored Refugee Roulette and Lives in the Balance, empirical studies of the US asylum system, and published law review articles on topics such as the situation of forced migrants under international criminal law and international humanitarian law.
Jeremy Robbins brings a rich background in law and social policy. A graduate of Trinity School, Brown University, and Yale Law, Robbins is the Executive Director of the New American Economy, the groundbreaking initiative of Michael Bloomberg (entrepreneur, philanthropist). His work has ranged from Latin American human rights to serving as Policy Adviser and Special Council to Mayor Bloomberg.
Renato Rocha is a policy analyst within CLASP’s Income and Work Supports team. He focuses on issues regarding work requirements as well as access to public benefits for immigrant families, including co-leading the Research Working Group of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign. Prior to CLASP, Renato was an economic policy analyst at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), where he conducted analysis of consume r protection, tax, disaster relief, and labor issues that impact the well-being of Latino and immigrant communities. Renato holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College. In 2013, Renato served as a Fulbright Public Policy Initiative Fellow to Mexico.
Vincent D. Rougeau is a vocal advocate for change in legal education, Dean Rougeau has led a reorganization in leadership structure at the law school that supports a more holistic approach to student services and enhances the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement. The Center for Experiential Learning brings all the school’s hands-on training programs under one roof, while the Global Practice Program has launched new opportunities for students in Dublin, Germany, Chile, France and other locations around the globe.
An expert in Catholic social thought, Dean Rougeau serves as Senior Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Community in London, where he researches community organizing, migration and citizenship as part of the Just Communities Project. He recently completed service as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS, and the Council of the Boston Bar Association. He currently serves as chair of the AALS Deans Steering Committee. He teaches contract and real estate law, as well as law and religion. Before serving as a professor and Associate Dean at Notre Dame, he practiced law at Morrison & Foerster.
Silky Shah is the Executive Director of Detention Watch Network (DWN), a national coalition dedicated to ending the immigration detention system in the US. She has worked as an organizer on issues related to immigration detention, mass incarceration, and racial and migrant justice for over 15 years. In her time at DWN she has helped transform the organization into a national leader in the immigrant rights movement, leading campaigns to expose the system and building the capacity of grassroots members to fight back. She is regularly interviewed by national media outlets including The Guardian, La Opinión, The Hill, NPR, The Nation, and Houston Chronicle, and has appeared on MSNBC. Prior to joining DWN in 2009 Silky worked with Grassroots Leadership fighting the expansion of immigrant jails on the US-Mexico border and with the independent news program, Democracy Now!, in New York.
Peter Skerry is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where his research focuses on social policy, racial and ethnic politics, and immigration. Professor Skerry has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and served as Director of Washington Programs for the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for American Politics and Public Policy, where he also taught political science. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. He serves on the editorial board of the journal American Politics Research and on the board of advisory editors of Society magazine. Professor Skerry is also a member of the Advisory Council on European/Transatlantic Issues at the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the German Green Party).
His writings on politics, racial and ethnic issues, immigration and social policy have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications, including Society, Publius, The Journal of Policy History, The New Republic, Slate, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, National Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His book, Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (Harvard University Press), was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book is Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics, published by the Brookings Institution Press. His current project is a study of the social, cultural, and political integration of Muslims and Arabs in the United States.
Rev. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J. has been the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) since October 2015. A native of Sacramento, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1986. He earned a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the MBA from Stanford University.
Fr. Smolich’s priestly ministry has focused on community development. While stationed at Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles, he served as Executive Director of Proyecto Pastoral, a faith-based NGO coordinating community development activity in the parish; post-business school, he was a Project Manager at Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, an affordable housing developer in Redwood City.
In 1999, Fr. Smolich was named Provincial of the California Province Jesuits for a six-year term. From 2006 until 2014, he served as the President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States, coordinating the national and international projects of the USA Jesuit provinces. He also worked with JRS in Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo during 2015.
Dr. Sarah Spencer is Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the knowledge-exchange arm of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE, the network of European research institutes and scholars working on migration and integration issues. Sarah's research focuses on integration theory and policy, and on city responses to irregular migrants in Europe. As Director of the Global Exchange she runs the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe, a working group of 11 cities from ten countries; and residential symposia for senior policy makers and civil society leaders. Sarah is a former chair of the network of national equality organisations in Britain, the Equality and Diversity Forum, and Deputy Chair of a statutory body, the Commission for Racial Equality. She has published widely on integration, human rights and equality issues.
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco is the UCLA Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His research focuses on psychological anthropology, with an emphasis on globalization and education and migration. His award-winning books have been published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, and others. His scholarly papers appear in journals including Harvard Educational Review, Revue Française de Pédagogie (Paris), Cultuur en Migratie (Leuven), Temas: Cultura, Ideologia y Sociedad (Havana), Ethos, The Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Policy Review, Harvard Business Review, and others. He regularly contributes to national and international media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, U.S News and World Report, The Huffington Post, CNN, NPR, CNN Español, MSNBC and others. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford, Carnegie, Mellon, Hewlett, Spencer, WT Grant, The Bank of Sweden Foundation, and, in the millions of dollars, by family foundations and anonymous philanthropists. In January 2018 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Dean Suárez-Orozco Academician, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Gautam N. Yadama is Professor and the Dean of Boston College School of Social Work. His research is focused on understanding poverty and environment dynamics, and interventions to address the attendant social, economic, environment, and health outcomes. He has implemented a randomized control trial to study the sustainability of new and efficient energy technologies in rural India to reduce household air pollution and improve health and wellbeing of women and children. His book, Fires, Fuel & the Fate of 3 Billion: State of the Energy Impoverished (Oxford University Press), outlines an argument for transdisciplinary research to tackle complex problems such as household air pollution that reside at the intersections of poverty, environment, and health. He is using social network analysis and community based system dynamics to study how interventions to reduce pollution are adopted and sustained by the poor in rural India. He is a member of the Implementation Science Network on Clean Cooking at the Fogarty Institute of the National Institutes of Health, USA.
Katharine Young is an Associate Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where she teaches contracts, comparative and international human rights law, and feminist legal theory. Her scholarship focuses on issues of comparative public law and theory, and positive state obligations, and her book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (Oxford University Press, 2012), was published in Oxford’s Constitutional Theory series. Her co-edited collection (with Kim Rubenstein), The Public Law of Gender: from the Local to the Global (Cambridge University Press, 2016) appeared in the series Connecting International Law with Public Law. Professor Young is currently editing The Future of Economic and Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Prior to joining the faculty of Boston College Law School, Professor Young was an Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law, and earlier clerked with the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia.
Members of the Boston College Faculty Committee planning this event are:
- Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA, Salem Professor in Global Practice at BCSSW; Director, Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA)
- Westy Egmont, DMin., Associate Professor, Macro Practice, Global Practice, BSSW; Director, Immigrant Integration Lab
- Mary Holper, JD, Associate Clinical Professor, BCLAW; Director, Immigration Clinic, BCLAW
- Daniel Kanstroom, JD, LLM, Professor of Law, Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar, Director of the International Human Rights Program, BCLAW; Associate Director, BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice; The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy
- David Takeuchi, PhD, Dorothy Book Scholar, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, BSSW; Co-Director, Research and Innovations in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3)
- Katherine G. Young, SJD, LLM, Associate Professor of Law, BCLAW
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