Newsletters & News Archive


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Jesuits defend human rights leaders in Honduras after attacks

Read the letter defending Ismael Moreno, SJ, a human rights activist in Honduras here.

Northern Light: A Syrian Refugee Flees America

Center Visiting Scholar Professor Laurie Johnston shared the story of a Syrian refugee mother and young daughter escaping the US to seek asylum in Canada in Commonweal magazine.

Read Johnston's article here.

Center certificate recipient Gabriela Távara Vásquez awarded a pair of prestigious awards

Read more about Távara Vásquez's awards here.

Center Visiting Scholar Claudia Escobar receives prestigious ​Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy 

Read more about Escobar's award here.

Center Co-Director Kanstroom quoted in Christian Science Monitor article

"Why Trump immigration reform faces uphill battle? The GOP"

Refugee ban a loss for Worcester

Former CHRIJ certificate recipient and BC Ph.D. student in Sociology, Adam Saltsman, wrote an op-ed in the Worcester Telegram.

FALL 2016

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

Center Certificate student Kevin Ferreira testified on May 10 before the Boston City Council in support of an ordinance guaranteeing more language access in city services.

The story is available 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." 

The PBS video and transcript are available here.

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. 

Hollenbach's comments in the America article can be accessed here.

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.  

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

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. The full press release for more information about the letter to President Obama is available here.

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).  

Access a two page summary of the SCRA policy statement here.   Or access the full SCRA policy statement here.

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

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.

Access the statement on the Center's Directors here.

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

Kanstroom's review of the book available here.

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."

Access the call for proposals for the JUHAN conference here.

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.

Access the IJTJ website for details on the Call for Papers here.

The CHRIJ Summer Newsletter is now available. Catch up on the Spring 2016 happenings and learn about a few upcoming events. 

Access the 2016 Summer Newsletter »

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.  

Access the Kanstroom editorial in the NYT here.

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.  

Access the story and hear the interview on The World here.