October 18, 2018

​The Humanity of a Mother's Phone Call:
Challenges in Family Reunification During an Era of Zero Tolerance

A Conversation with Laura Peña
Visiting Attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project

Thursday, October 18, 2018

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Rome Building, Room 806

Nearly 200 children remain separated from their parents following government separation of migrant families. Despite a judicial injunction and executive order, family separations continue to happen on a smaller scale but still result in violations...

There has been a surge in far-right groups and populist politicians driven by an ideology that suggests immigration is an unwelcome development of globalization. The most worrying aspect of this trend is that this fervor is now influencing key policy decisions, as governments increasingly bow to the pressure of raucous, even violent, protests urging an end to the flow of migrants.

As societies, cultures and languages became increasingly mixed in the pursuit of trade, some native-born residents an...

Photo: Author; San Juan, Puerto Rico 

On June 30, 2016, in the midst of a summer rocked by Brexit, terrorism, and an acrimonious presidential campaign, President Obama quietly signed into law a bill that had earlier caused controversy but had now faded from government and media attention.  The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, was a political compromise neither party was happy with, a mishmash rushed into being to forestall a wave of litigation before Puer...

May 31, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23, 2016.  Original, Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


Over five thousand international delegates gathered in Istanbul last week to mull over the dire state of the world´s humanitarian needs. The venue of the World Humanitarian Summit could not have been more appropriate. It reflects Turkey´s central role in the Syrian crisis, as host to the bulk of the conflict´s exiles and its disconte...

October 9, 2015

Dean Vali Nasr and The Human Security Initiative of the Foreign Policy Institute invite you to a discussion on The EU Migration Crisis with Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International; Ambassador Reka Szemerkenyi (S'95), Ambassador of Hungary; Ambassador Peter Wittig, Ambasador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Moderated by Maureen White, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute

Michel Gabaudan became president of Refugees International in September of 2010, leading RI forward in its mis...

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