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Georgetown Law Partners to Address Challenges Faced by Child Migrants

March 16, 2015 —

Georgetown University Law Center, along with a dozen other U.S.-based Jesuit law schools, has partnered with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) to identify and address the challenges presented by the recent arrival of many Central American child migrants and migrant families. This collaboration will seek to advance the legal, social and cultural protection of these migrants and others seeking refuge in the U.S. 

“We are honored to join our fellow law schools in working with JRS/USA to help raise awareness of the plight faced by these vulnerable migrant children and families,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “Our Jesuit identity is reflected in our commitment to this critical issue.” 

The law schools and JRS/USA will use research to develop a policy paper that identifies the need for improvement in the legal environment around, and the legal procedures currently available for, migrants seeking protection in the U.S. This policy paper will then become the basis for an advocacy campaign to disseminate its findings and promote its recommendations.

Georgetown and other Jesuit law schools across the U.S. have already been providing a variety of services to this migrant community through research, training and representation, serving hundreds of people. 

In addition to Georgetown University, the participating law schools include Boston College, Creighton University, Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Los Angeles, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Louis University, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, University of Detroit Mercy and University of San Francisco.

For further information, please contact Giulia McPherson, assistant policy director, JRS/USA at gmcpherson@jesuits.org or (202) 629-5942.  

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