The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the University of Notre Dame will hold the 2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference on Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for all who would like to participate, this year’s conference will take place virtually. This annual event is part of CMS’s Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to understand, expand and strengthen the work of Catholic institutions with immigrant communities.
Conference participants will explore the challenges facing diverse immigrant and refugee communities in local communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and elsewhere.
On October 17, 2019, the Center for Migration Studies held its annual academic and policy symposium from 8:30AM to 5:00PM at the law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (One New York Plaza / 1 FDR Drive, New York, NY). Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners examined the interplay between border externalization and enforcement policies and refugee protection in the United States and throughout the world. Particular attention was paid to the protection of women and children and to protracted refugee situations.
This event will honor the legacy of Juan P. Osuna, an exemplary public servant, lawyer, scholar and friend. As Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Juan oversaw the agency that houses the US immigration court system. The event will include expert panels on a series of themes and issues of great importance to Juan, including the rule of law in the immigration system; political asylum and protection of survivors of violence; due process; immigration court reform and management; and responding to large-scale migrant and refugee flows. It will also include keynote addresses and a panel comprised of former public servants who will speak on Juan’s contributions and legacy.
On October 9, 2018, the Center for Migration Studies held its annual academic and policy symposium. Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners examined citizenship in an era of record migration and growing nationalism. The event opened with a keynote address by HE Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza (Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States) on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. Following this presentation, Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) discussed her International Migration Review paper, “Understanding Membership in a World of Global Migration: (How) Does Citizenship Matter?” which synthesizes the literature on citizenship and immigration, and theorizes on why citizenship matters. Maria C. Abascal (Columbia University) then presented on citizenship, belonging, and the role of community among Latino Immigrants.