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And You Welcomed Me

Migration and Catholic Social Teaching

by Don Kerwin & Jill Marie Gerschutz |

A Panel Presentation Featuring Authors: Don Kerwin & Jill Marie Gerschutz and Respondents: William O'Neill, S.J. & Kristin Heyer

About the book
Human beings leave their homelands for many reasons and they are called by many names: illegal aliens, strangers, asylum-seekers, displaced persons, economic migrants, lawful permanent residents, refugees, temporary workers, and victims of trafficking. Some are forced to flee because of violence, persecution, natural disaster, or intense economic privation. Most migrate in search of a better life, many as part of a family survival strategy. The movement of people from one place to another has remained a constant feature of human history. In an era characterized by the fast and cheaper movement of goods and services around the globe, migrants are the face of globalization. The world's two hundred million migrants often find themselves at the center of economic, social, and political debates. This book describes the distinctive way in which Catholic social teaching looks at migrants. It analyzes migration from the legal, social science, and cultural perspectives, and gives special consideration to the lived experience of immigrants themselves and their host communities. The book identifies gaps and opportunities to improve government and non-governmental responses to migration on a local, national, and international level. And You Welcomed Me aims to reframe perspectives on migration by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this phenomenon. It analyzes trade, immigration, labor, national security, and integration policies in light of the core Catholic commitment to the common good, human dignity, authentic development, and solidarity.

Donald Kerwin
Donald Kerwin
is Vice President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), overseeing all of MPI's national and international programs.

Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for more than 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as Executive Director for nearly 15 years. CLINIC is a public interest legal corporation sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that supports a national network of 173 charitable legal programs for immigrants in more than 270 locations. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Mr. Kerwin directed CLINIC's political asylum project for Haitians. He became CLINIC's Executive Director in December 1993 and during his tenure, CLINIC coordinated the nation's largest political asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals, and naturalization programs. CLINIC also offers the nation's most extensive training and legal support programs for community-based immigrant agencies.

Mr. Kerwin is an advisor to the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Immigration Task Force, and serves on the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA. He is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Jill Marie Gerschutz
Jill Marie Gerschutz
is migration policy director and outreach coordinator for the U.S. Jesuit Conference in Washington, DC. Through more than four years of service in this capacity, Gerschutz has developed networks with secular, other religious, and governmental actors as the nation explores its “right relationship” with immigrants. In representing the Provincials and the Justice for Immigrants campaign with the aforementioned groups and Jesuit institutions across the United States, Gerschutz has developed extensive expertise in migration and Catholic social thought. She has presented widely on the moral, ethical, and pragmatic arguments for immigration reform, including at the National Migration Conference 2008 (sponsored by the U.S. Bishops and CLINIC); The Rev. Richard A. McGarrity, S.J., Faith and Culture Lecture at Marquette University; and presentations for the Catholic community of St. Louis, the Sisters of Victory Knoll; the Centre Justice et Foi in Quebec; the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice; and at many Catholic Universities. Her articles on the subject have been published in the Blueprint for Social Justice journal, Epikea, Vivre ensemble and other magazines and journals. As a liaison to the Jesuit Hispanic Ministry Conference and the Jesuit Migration Service – Central America and North America, Gerschutz also brings an understanding of the challenges and opportunites of migration to the life of the Church.

William O'Neill, S.J.
William O'Neill, S.J.
is a professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a visiting professor of ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology, "Hekima" in Nairobi.

His writings address questions of human rights, ethics and hermeneutical theory, social reconciliation and conflict resolution, and refugee policy. He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi; done research on humana rights in South Africa and Rwanda.

He received a Newcombe Fellowship, a Lilly Theological Research Grant, and held the Jesuit Chair, Georgetown University (2003-2004). He has served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and serves on the Board of the Society of Christian Ethics and of the journal, Theological Studies.

Kristin Heyer
Kristin Heyer is an ethicist whose recent work has focused on Catholic social teaching and the relationship between faith and politics. Kristin earned a B.A. in United States History from Brown University prior to her Ph.D. from Boston College in Theological Ethics.

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