A special conversation with Juan P. Osuna, former Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the US Department of Justice, where he oversaw the agency that houses the US immigration court system
This event in Washington DC featured experts on the challenges confronting the global refugee protection system, including US refugee policy, and offered possible reforms to the global and US refugee protection systems.
This was a discussion on the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of its enactment. The event was co-sponsored by the Florida International University College of Law, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., the Florida International University Cuban Research Institute, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, and the Florida International University College of Law Federalist Society for Law and Public Studies.
The United States and other nations hosted a leaders summit to discuss the world refugee crisis and how nations can increase their commitments to refugee protection worldwide. The event looked at the U.S. record in its own backyard, specifically the policy response to unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America. Speakers graded U.S. policies from a humanitarian perspective, examining push factors, protection needs, and the impact of enforcement and deterrence strategies.
CMS and the Hope Border Institute (HBI) hosted an event in honor of Pope Francis’s visit to the US-Mexico border.
CMS convened a panel of diverse experts to discuss the future of the US immigrant detention system, ideas for and barriers to reform, the system’s growing privatization, the experience of family detention in Texas, and cross-cutting issues and lessons from the criminal justice and national security field.
CMS convened the lead authors of the report “Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief for 2014 and Beyond: A Report on Behalf of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), Human Resources Working Group,” to discuss their key finding related to the capacity and funding needs of community-based immigrant-service agencies.
CMS, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families, Villanova University, Migration and Refugee Services/US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious hosted an evening event on the challenges facing immigrant families in the United States and the Catholic Church’s response.
CMS hosted a presentation by the US Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service's Ombudsman Maria M. Odom, on the Ombudsman’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress and issues related to the delivery of immigration benefits and services by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
CMS hosted a gathering on organizing parish communities with large immigrant populations for leadership, service and justice. The event featured Elena Segura, who directs the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, and runs an innovative program called Pastoral Migratoria (PM), an “immigrant-to-immigrant ministry...born from the desire of immigrants to assist one another in their plight, to live their baptismal call and be agents of a broader evangelization to newcomers and natives.” .