Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Immigration CRASsH Group
Department of Religious Studies
M.A. in Internationals Studies Program
presents, Breaking Borders: Dialoguing on Immigration – a conference designed to engage and encourage dialogue between scholars and community members about the prominent issues in immigration across the United States and Mexico border – featuring keynote speaker, Father Pat Murphy, Friday, April 24, 2015 , 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Fish Interfaith Center (followed by a reception from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. location TBA).
This conference will focus on youth and underage migration concerns. Participants will discuss how immigration issues are conflated with those of the criminal justice system, the education system and gentrification of local communities. A key component of the talk will be how community engagement efforts between higher education, community organizers, faith-based groups and local citizens may seek more compassionate alternatives to immigration reform.
Father Murphy is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Scalabrinians, founded in 1887 by an Italian priest to minister to migrants and refugees. Originally from New York, he served as the head of the Hispanic outreach for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. He is now the director of Tijuana, Mexico’s Casa del Migrante, the city’s largest shelter which has become known as a place of safety for migrants and deportees from the United States.
This is a free event and open to the public.