USF Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition to Host Conversation with Dr. Katrine Camilleri of the Jesuit Refugee Service

“I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees”

SAN FRANCISCO (March 12, 2018) — The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at the University of San Francisco (USF) will co-host a presentation and conversation with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) on Wednesday, March 21 at USF. The talk, entitled “I Was a Stranger: Fighting Fear, Welcoming Refugees” will feature Dr. Katrine Camilleri, JRS Malta Country Director and UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award winner.

In light of the current significant anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and policy in the U.S., this topic comes at a critical time. A lawyer and Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, Dr. Camilleri has experienced success in her efforts to combat negative rhetoric and culture regarding refugees in her own country. Pope Francis has called for welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees, and this conversation urges a response to that call. Dr. Camilleri will tell her story of how, despite personal risk and threats to her life, she persisted and worked to advocate for refugees and migrants.

"JRS embodies the Jesuit Catholic commitment to solidarity and challenges us all to resist a culture of fear and exclusion,” stated Erin Brigham, Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought at USF. “With this event, Dr. Camilleri will shine light on a transformation in culture to welcome refugees and migrants, how it can happen, and the importance of taking action to fight fear and welcome refugees.”

Dr. Camilleri is an individual who has dedicated her time going above and beyond the call of duty to help people forcibly displaced from their homes. For more than two decades, Dr. Camilleri 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, providing psychological support and facilitating access to healthcare.

Event Details

March 21, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall
2497 Golden Gate Ave San Francisco, California 94118

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About The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition

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About the Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization serving refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Founded as a work of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1980, in direct response to the humanitarian crisis of the Vietnamese boat people, JRS today works in 51 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, and social needs of more than 750,000 refugees. JRS takes a personalized approach to our work, recognizing the dignity in every person we serve. Through this individual interaction and cooperation with refugees, JRS provides protection and creates opportunities for those forced to flee from war, conflict, and disaster.