Events
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Events

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) offers conferences, dialogues, symposia and seminars to examine international migration issues, to highlight cutting-edge scholarship and research, and to feature ground-breaking public policy analysis. CMS events have covered issues as diverse as birth registration; the US and global refugee protection systems; lessons from the UN migration and development dialogue; border enforcement policies; access to justice and due process issues; and the work of faith-based institutions in helping to integrate immigrants.

Upcoming Events

2017 Annual Academic & Policy Symposium
Oct 03, 2017 9:00 am
REGISTER Conference Fee $50 The conference fee of $50 includes lunch and refreshments throughout the event. Discounts and fee waivers are available for qualifying registrants/organizations showing financial need. To request a discount or fee waiver, please contact cms@cmsny.org. Join the Center for Migration...

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2017 Annual Gala
Oct 03, 2017 6:00 pm
Join government officials, policymakers, scholars, experts, civil society members, staff and colleagues at CMS’ annual gala event commemorating 53 years of CMS’s commitment to the study of international migration, the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to...

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2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
Oct 11, 2017 9:00 am
CMS, Loyola Marymount University, and Mount St. Mary’s University announce the 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. The conference will: Examine how Catholic institutions are responding to changing immigration policies; Convey the spiritual and theological vision that undergirds the Catholic Church's work with immigrants; Review public policies affecting immigrant integration and academic research on the work of Church institutions with immigrant communities; Lift up model integration programs and ministries; and Offer optional field visits to migrant ministries and shelters in Los Angeles.

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Past Events

Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System
Jun 16, 2017 8:30 am
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.

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Mobilizing Coherent Community Responses to Changing Immigration Policies
Jun 07, 2017 9:00 am
This 3-day conference in Houston had municipal leaders, scholars, researchers, community organizers, service providers, elected officials, leaders of faith communities, immigrant advocates, and others, join together to discuss how diverse communities are working together to protect, empower and meet the needs of immigrants and refugees in an era of heightened uncertainty. The conference examined “whole of community” responses to protecting and empowering immigrants and offered models and best practices for moving forward amidst numerous challenges.

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National Interests and Potential Common Ground in the US Immigration Debates: Legal Immigration Reform v. Mass Deportation and the Wall
Apr 27, 2017 11:15 am
This briefing covered two competing visions of US immigration policy; one characterized by legal immigration reform, and the other by mass deportation policies and a proposed 2,000 mile border wall. These visions are analyzed in three recent papers by Donald Kerwin and Robert Warren of CMS. The papers cover the consequences of mass deportation policies on US families and critique the idea of a 2,000 mile border wall. The briefing also described a vision of reform set forth in the paper titled “National Interests and Common Ground in the US Immigration Debate: How to Legalize the US Immigration System and Permanently Reduce Its Undocumented Population.”

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2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
Nov 28, 2016 12:00 pm
CMS, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of San Diego and the University of San Diego hosted the 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. The primary purpose of the conference was to advance the goals of CMS's Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document, and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.

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The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966: Past & Future
Nov 01, 2016 7:00 pm
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.

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2016 Annual Gala
Oct 26, 2016 6:00 pm
Government officials, policymakers, scholars, experts, civil society members, staff and colleagues gathered for the annual gala event celebrating CMS's commitment to the study of international migration, the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.

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2016 Annual Academic & Policy Symposium
Oct 26, 2016 8:45 am
CMS hosted its annual academic and policy symposium at the New York law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Leading migration scholars and experts gathered to discuss issues on this year's theme of: 'Rethinking Immigration and Integration Policies from a Global Perspective.'

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Shadow Summit: The US Response to Central American Refugees
Sep 20, 2016 8:30 am
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.

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Refugee Crises in the Middle East: A Shared Responsibility
May 18, 2016 8:15 am
CMS hosted policymakers, advocates, opinion shapers, academics, educators, practitioners, and media in Washington DC for a half-day meeting on the resettlement of refugees from the Middle East, with a particular focus on refugees from Syria and Iraq.

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Due Process and Access to Justice Conference
Jan 26, 2016 8:30 am
CMS, Fragomen Worldwide, Fried Frank, and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law convened a one-day conference on due process and access to justice issues facing immigrants in the United States. Panels covered: immigrant detention; the impact of unaccompanied minors on immigration court and legal services; non-court, process-less removals; advances and challenges in pro bono representation; and right to counsel issues.

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2015 Annual Gala
Oct 28, 2015 6:00 pm
Government officials, policymakers, scholars, experts, civil society members, staff and colleagues gathered for a gala event commemorating 51 years of CMS's commitment to the study of international migration, the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.

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2015 Annual Academic & Policy Symposium
Oct 28, 2015 8:30 am
CMS hosted its annual academic and policy symposium at the New York law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Leading migration scholars and experts gathered to discuss emerging and cutting-edge migration issues focusing on both scholarship and advocacy around migration and development, as well as policy developments on national and international refugee protection systems.

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2015 Catholic Institutions & Immigrant Integration Conference
Oct 01, 2015 9:30 am
CMS, Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Hope Border Institute, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) hosted a one-day conference in El Paso, Texas about the US-Mexico border with leaders of diverse Catholic institutions, scholars, service providers and immigrant communities.

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Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief: 2014 and Beyond
Sep 25, 2015 2:00 pm
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.

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At Home Together: The Church and the Immigrant Family
Sep 01, 2015 6:00 pm
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.

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Conversation with Ombudsman Maria M. Odom on the 2015 Annual Report
Jul 16, 2015 2:00 pm
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).

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Justice for Immigrants Detention Webinar
Jun 18, 2015 11:00 am
CMS hosted a webinar discussing the findings of the report: “Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System”, by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and CMS. Featured speakers also offered policy recommendations that afford increased legal protections and honor human dignity.

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Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States
Apr 29, 2015 1:00 pm
In this webinar, on ‘Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States’ Donald Kerwin, CMS’s Executive Director, introduced the Catholic Immigrant Integration Project, and discussed the role Catholic institutions play in fostering civic participation, improving educational outcomes and promoting the socio-economic attainment of immigrants, their children, and their grandchildren. He also outlined a Catholic vision of integration, and discussed the importance of immigrant leadership and participation in Catholic institutions. Mary L. Gautier, Senior Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and a member of the Advisory Group to the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative, spoke on the growing importance of immigrant and minority communities for the US Catholic Church and the misalignment between the Catholic Church’s institutional infrastructure and new immigrant communities.

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Parish-Based Organizing for Leadership, Service, and Justice
Apr 08, 2015 1:30 pm
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.” .

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Serving Immigrants and Immigrant Families in New York
Mar 25, 2015 9:00 am
This event explored the evolving response of public, private, and non-profit entities to address challenges and needs presented by immigrants and immigrant families in the New York metropolitan area. It sought to place these challenges in a broader policy, moral and demographic context; describe coordinated responses to select immigrant populations in the New York metropolitan area; and identify lessons, successes and continued challenges in responding to these populations and to immigrant families more broadly.

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11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Oct 21, 2014 9:00 am
While legislative reform of the United States immigration system seems to be at a standstill, issues of immigration policy are very much at the forefront of political debates and the challenges facing the Obama administration, state and local governments, and...

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Center for Migration Studies Golden Anniversary Gala
Sep 30, 2014 6:00 pm
In 2014, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) celebrates 50 years of commitment to the study of international migration, the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights...

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Creating a Robust and Secure US Refugee Protection System
Jun 03, 2014 10:00 am
Protection of those fleeing or at risk of persecution, torture, or extreme danger represents a centerpiece of international and US immigration law. It also constitutes one of the most pressing and unattended challenges in the US immigration field. The US...

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Refugee Protection and Barriers to Territorial Access
Apr 02, 2014 10:00 am
The US refugee protection system seeks to screen, admit and promote the integration of refugees; to adjudicate political asylum cases; and to offer temporary protection to persons from designated countries. It also, however, seeks to prevent admission and to detect those that raise national security, public safety, and fraud concerns. Over the last 20 years, particularly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, security and enforcement concerns have driven US refugee programs. Protection policies, in turn, have not kept pace with these developments.

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2014 Catholic Institutions & Immigrant Integration Conference
Feb 24, 2014 8:30 am
The Catholic Church’s institutions and ministries – education, health, charities, labor, legal services, refugee resettlement, community-organizing, pastoral, and others – face critical opportunities and challenges in meeting the needs of today’s immigrants. In 2013 to 2014, a number of leaders from...

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10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Oct 31, 2013 9:00 am
With Congress weighing major reform of the US immigration system, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Georgetown University Law Center convened the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy...

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Forum and Book Release: On Strangers No Longer
Sep 09, 2013 6:30 pm
Ten years ago, Catholic bishops of the United States and Mexico began to meet informally to discuss mutual concerns regarding increased migration between the two neighboring countries. Troubled by migrant deaths, family separation, and other human consequences of migration, the...

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Human Development, Human Security and Migration
Jul 15, 2013 1:15 pm
On July 15, 2013, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly convened representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector, and other stakeholders to provide concrete and specific input to UN Member States on the High-level Dialogue...

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New Study on Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States
Feb 15, 2013 9:00 am
On Friday, February 15, 2013, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) hosted a release event on a substantial new study on the unauthorized population in the United States. The study, co-authored by Robert Warren, former demographer for the US Immigration and...

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9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Oct 01, 2012 9:00 am
On October 1, 2012, the Center for Migration Studies, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Migration Policy Institute (MPI) hosted the 9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown University Law Center. The conference convened high-ranking government officials,...

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The Surge in Unaccompanied Minors to the United States
Feb 23, 2012 1:00 pm
Recent months have seen a dramatic increase in migration to the United States by unaccompanied minors, spurred by gang violence, crop failure, domestic abuse, and other factors. Charitable legal services programs and community-based organizations are reporting nearly a doubling of...

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How Does the United States Define and Measure Border Security?
Feb 01, 2012 10:00 am
On February 1, 2012, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) hosted a dialogue on defining border security, establishing appropriate enforcement metrics, and determining how much security is enough.  Speakers included Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human...

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Birth Registration in Mexico
Jan 04, 2012 10:00 am
On January 4, 2012, CMS sponsored a two-hour discussion on the issue of birth registration in Mexico. According to government estimates, as many as 7 million Mexicans lack birth certificates. In legal terms, they do not exist and their right...

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Conference on Irregular Migration: Legal and Policy Perspectives
Jan 21, 2010 5:00 pm
CMS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) co-sponsored a conference on irregular migration. The conference was organized for the New York-based diplomatic community, civil society and academia to review and discuss the policies and legal aspects in addressing irregular migration.

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