“I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees” a presentation by Dr. Katrine Camilleri
Wednesday, March 21 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fromm Hall - FR 120 - Xavier Auditorium
In the U.S., we are currently facing significant anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and policy. Pope Francis has called us to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate migrants and refugees, and it is important to combat the current environment to respond to his call. Join us for a presentation and conversation with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to learn about why this transformation in culture to welcome refugees and migrants is so important, how it can happen, and what you can do to take action to fight fear and welcome refugees.
The talk will feature a speaker from JRS Malta who has experienced success in her efforts to combat negative rhetoric and culture in her own country: Katrine Camilleri, JRS Malta Country Director and UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award winner, who will tell her story of how, despite threats to her life and personal risk, she persisted and worked to advocate for refugees and migrants.
Katrine Camilleri is a lawyer and Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Malta. She is the recipient of the 2007 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award, presented to an individual or organization who has dedicated their time going above and beyond the call of duty to help people forcibly displaced from their homes. For more than two decades, she has provided legal advice and moral support to thousands of boat people who arrive on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean and are temporarily held in detention centers. Katrine has headed the Malta office of Jesuit Refugee Service since 2011. She and her staff have supported thousands of refugees, giving them legal advice, organizing visits to the detention centers, providing psychological support and facilitating access to healthcare.
This event is sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, the University Council for Jesuit Mission, the Department of International Studies, the Department of Migration Studies, and the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program.