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

2016 Annual Academic & Policy Symposium
Oct 26, 2016 9:00 am
REGISTER NOW The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) announces its annual academic and policy symposium on October 26, 2016 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (1 New...

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2016 Annual Gala
Oct 26, 2016 6:00 pm
Join the Center for Migration Studies as we celebrate another successful year of advancing public policies that protect the rights and dignity of migrants, newcomers, and refugees. The CMS Annual Gala will include a cocktail reception, a dinner and a...

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2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
Nov 28, 2016 10:00 am
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), Catholic Charities of the Diocese of San Diego and the University of San Diego announce the 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference from November 28-29, 2016 at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

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Past Events

Shadow Summit: The US Response to Central American Refugees
Sep 20, 2016 8:30 am
Registration is now closed. The United States and other nations are hosting a leaders summit on September 20th to discuss the world refugee crisis and how nations can increase their commitments to refugee protection worldwide. Before the September 20th summit,...

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Due Process and Access to Justice Conference
Jan 26, 2016 8:30 am
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (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...

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2015 Annual Gala
Oct 28, 2015 6:00 pm
2015 Center for Migration Studies Annual Gala On October 28, 2015, 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...

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2015 Academic and Policy Symposium
Oct 28, 2015 8:30 am
A Dialogue on Migration and Development and Refugee Protection On October 28th, leading migration scholars and experts gathered for the Center for Migration Studies’ annual symposium to discuss emerging and cutting-edge migration issues. The 2015 meeting focused on both scholarship and...

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2015 Catholic Institutions & Immigrant Integration Conference
Oct 25, 2015 9:30 am
The Catholic Church’s diverse institutions – parishes, schools, hospitals, charities, labor, legal programs, refugee resettlement, community-organizing, pastoral, and others – face critical opportunities and challenges in meeting the needs of today’s immigrants. The Center for Migration Studies of New York...

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Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief: 2014 and Beyond
Sep 25, 2015 2:00 pm
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of unprecedented executive actions to reform the US immigration system, including the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the establishment of the Deferred Action for Parents...

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At Home Together: The Church and the Immigrant Family
Sep 01, 2015 6:00 pm
In advance of Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States to participate in the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, Villanova University, Migration...

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Conversation with Ombudsman Maria M. Odom on the 2015 Annual Report
Jul 16, 2015 2:00 pm
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) hosted a presentation by the US Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Maria M. Odom on the Ombudsman’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress and issues related to the delivery of immigration benefits...

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Justice for Immigrants Detention Webinar
Jun 18, 2015 11:00 am
Immigrant detention has been one of the most troubled features of the United States immigration system. Since the beginning of the Obama administration’s detention reform initiative in 2009, annual detention numbers have reached record levels.  The administration has also opened...

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Parish-Based Organizing for Leadership, Service, and Justice
Apr 08, 2015 1:30 pm
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (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...

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Serving Immigrants and Immigrant Families in New York
Mar 25, 2015 9:00 am
Over the last several years, local communities throughout the United States have prioritized initiatives to regularize the lives of persons in need of protection, including families with members that lack immigration status. In the New York metropolitan area, public and...

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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
On January 21 and 22, 2010, the Center for Migration Studies (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...

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