Humanity in Crisis

How Ethics and Religion Shape Policy Responses to Refugees

May 19, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

In his newly released book, Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Response to Refugees (2019), Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., examines the scope of our responsibilities and considers practical solutions to the global refugee crisis. Drawing on the values that have shaped major humanitarian initiatives over the past century and a half, as well as the values of diverse religious traditions, including Catholicism, he uncovers key moral issues for both policymakers and for practitioners working in humanitarian agencies and faith communities.

In this book launch event, Hollenbach engaged with key policymakers and ethicists who evaluated his proposed ethical imperatives and how these principles can be reflected in policy. Respondents T. Alexander Aleinikoff, former United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees; Elizabeth Ferris, research professor at Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration; and Clemens Sedmak, professor of social ethics at University of Notre Dame, reflected on Hollenbach’s book and considered what specific policies look like when they are consistent with ethical values. Panelists also offered their perspectives on U.S. refugee and immigration policy actively being developed, including policy platforms of 2020 presidential candidates, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the refugee crisis. The conversation was moderated by Berkley Center Managing Director Michael Kessler. 

This event was organized by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office. It was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Human Rights Institute, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, and Institute for the Study of International Migration.

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Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Response to Refugees

In this book, Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., examines the causes of and presents ethical solutions to the global refugee crisis responsible for seeing the greatest number of forced migrants and internally displaced persons in modern history.
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