Current Challenges in Refugee Policy

Kids, Courts, and Refugee Resettlement in Global Perspective

November 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map

From hardening policies on the border to drastic cuts in refugee resettlement numbers, U.S. policies toward refugees have undergone a sea change in the past year. This conference examined four key aspects of this changing reality: policies toward refugee and migrant children, the role of religion and religious institutions in forced migration, procedural justice for migrants in U.S. courts, and the particular challenges and future outlook of refugee resettlement agencies.

This conference reflects the work of the Global Refugee and Migration Project, a collaborative 18-month initiative of Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Through this initiative, Georgetown faculty and students have carried out research, organized public meetings and research seminars, and disseminated policy recommendations and scholarship to a broad audience. This conference offered an opportunity to reflect on the work accomplished over the course of the initiative, as well as the current state and future directions of global refugee policy. 

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration and its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. It was part of the Global Refugee and Migration Project, which is generously supported by the Georgetown University Board of Regents.

Schedule

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Welcome
Thomas Banchoff, Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement
Katharine Donato, Institute for the Study of International Migration

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Global Policies and Best Practices for Children on the Move
Ashley Feasley, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Maria Odom, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Lauren Olosky, Georgetown University
Morgan Smith, Georgetown University
Elizabeth Ferris, Institute for the Study of International Migration (moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Forced Migration: What’s Religion Got to Do with It?
Jocelyne Cesari, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Elizabeth Ferris, Institute for the Study of International Migration
David Hollenbach, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Michael Kessler, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs (moderator)

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Address
Eric Schwartz, Refugees International

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Immigration Courts and Procedural Justice
Claudia Cubas, CAIR Coalition
Cecilia Li, Georgetown University
Emily Ryo, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Katharine Donato, Institute for the Study of International Migration (moderator)

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | The Future of U.S. Refugee Resettlement Policy
Nazanin Ash, International Rescue Committee
Jen Smyers, Church World Service
Naomi Steinberg, HIAS
Jenny Yang, World Relief
Anne Richard, Institute for the Study of International Migration (moderator)

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Shaun Casey, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

5:15 p.m. | Reception

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