Cecilie’s Migration Minute An overview of recent migration-related events and initiatives

Cecilie’s Migration Minute
An overview of recent migration-related events and initiatives
In fall of 2014, I participated in a variety of migration-related events and meetings in New York, Washington D.C. and Georgia. In the NGO Committee on Migration, I was one of the authors of the civil society recommendation document for the High Commission for Refugee’s Dialogue on Protection Issues, which this year relates to Protection at Sea. The document will be presented at the Dialogue in Geneva next week.

In September, I attended a one-day conference hosted by the Center for Migration Studies that focused on data accessibility and promoting regularization of immigrants in the United States.

In October, for the second year in a row, I attended the annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington D.C., hosted by CMS, Georgetown Law, CLINIC and the Migration Policy Institute. This conference focused current U.S. policy issues, including the role of states and cities in pursuing immigrant inclusion and integration policies in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, the political and policy implications of executive action, the treatment of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, and challenges in adjudication, including accelerated court cases, non-court removals and the debate over government-funded legal counsel.

In late fall, I joined the rest of the Loretto Volunteers and 9 Loretto community members at the annual protest at Fort Benning, Georgia for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas. In addition to the rally and vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, we spent time at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, where I attended a workshop about the negative effects of mining on communities in Guatemala, an issue tied closely to the work we do at the UN with the Mining Working Group. Mary Ann McGivern, SL wrote a reflection on our trip to Georgia.