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“A Shared Global Shame” Conversation on Human Trafficking Policy: 

Its Effectiveness in a Disruptive Environment

Christine Dolan, (GU ’75) Investigative Journalist, former CNN Political Director

John (Jack) Scarola, (GU ’69, GULC ’73) Partner, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart, and Shipley

The State of Human Trafficking Policy

Stephen Diaz Gavin, Partner, Rimon P.C. Law Firm

Kevin Hyland, former UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner

William “Chip” Rogers, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association

Robert Flores, Gammon & Grange Law Firm

What is on the Horizon?

Bob Hamer, retired FBI Agent

Homayra Sellier, Founder & CEO, Innocence in Danger

Del Wilber, retired Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency

Michele Sarkisian, President P3 Advisors

Open to all students, the public, and the media

Visitors can park in the Southwest Garage which is accessible via Canal Road. More info can be found here.

For more information about this event, please email isim@georgetown.edu.
Parking in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road. For parking info, click here.


November 5th, 2019
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Intercultural Center,
Georgetown University


Current Challenges in Refugee Policy: Kids, Courts, and Refugee Resettlement in Global Perspective


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 will examine 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.

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

November 6th, 2019
9:30 AM-5:15 PM
Copley Formal Lounge,
Georgetown University

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Pursuits & Persistence: Undocumented Student Success in Higher Education

In advance of the Supreme Court oral arguments on DACA, this afternoon panel examines the state of research and response to undocumented students in higher education. 

Welcome and Introductions
3:00 – 3:10 pm: Katharine Donato, Donald G. Herzberg Professor of International Migration and Arelis Palacios, Associate Director for Undocumented Student Services, Georgetown University

Historical Context
3:10 – 3:25 pm: Katherine Benton-Cohen, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Legal Status and Student Experiences in Higher Education
3:25 – 3:45 pm: Amy Hsin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College, CUNY
3:45 – 4:05 pm: Aurora Chang, Associate Professor & Chair, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
4:05 – 4:25 pm: Denise Brennan, Professor & Chair, Anthropology, Georgetown University

University Experience and Response
4:25 – 4:45 pm: Liliana Iglesias, Director of Undocumented Student Programs, UC Berkeley
4:45 – 5:05 pm: Laura Emiko Soltis, Executive Director, Freedom University
5:05 – 5:25 pm: Arelis Palacios, Associate Director for Undocumented Student Services, Georgetown

Policy and the Future of DACA
5:25 – 5:45 pm: Lisa Brown, General Counsel, Georgetown University
5:45 – 6:00 pm: Closing (Katharine Donato and Arelis Palacios)

6:00 – 7:00 pm: ALL ARE WELCOME. (HFSC Herman Room)


November 7th, 2019
3:00 PM-7:00 PM
HFSC Social Room,
Georgetown University

Migrant Health in Crises: 

A One-Day Symposium on Health Challenges Facing Migrants and Refugees


While there is growing recognition of the scale of international migration and displacement, less attention has been paid to the particular health needs of migrants and displaced persons.  This Symposium, jointly organized by the Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to consider the particular health challenges facing migrants and refugees.

This Symposium will convene subject matter experts from humanitarian organizations, governments, and academic partners from around the world to address some of the most pressing issues surrounding the health of displaced populations, both domestically and abroad. The discussion will be organized around three focus areas that impact migrant health in crises, each with a regional focus.

November 19th, 2019
9 AM-2.30 PM
HFSC Social Room,
Georgetown University