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Georgetown University And The University Of Notre Dame To Host Major Dialogue On U.S. Response To Global Migration Crisis

“What’s the core of the crisis? How did we get here and what needs to be done?”


Courtney Thompson

(202) 687-4328


WHAT: Over  70 million people are fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and persecution across the globe, many of whom are children. For Americans, this global migration crisis is most visible in Central America and on our southern border and the U.S. response has polarized our country.

Given the urgency of these issues, Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs are partnering for the first time to host a timely dialogue on The U.S. Response to the Global Migration Crisis: Human Costs, Moral Implications, and Policy Choices. Sharing the Catholic commitment to welcome the stranger and uphold the dignity of refugees and immigrants, these two universities will host a former White House chief of staff, a GOP immigration leader, a policy advocate, and a DACA student to explore the current crisis, its causes and ways forward. 


 This Public Dialogue will feature differing perspectives from: 

Denis McDonough, an executive fellow of the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama

Carlos Curbelo, Republican leader on immigration issues and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Aryah Somers Landsberger, vice president of programs at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and co-author of the UNHCR’s “Children on the Run” report

Mizraim Belman Guerrero, a DACA recipient and a culture and politics major at Georgetown University.

John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, will moderate the conversation. Maura Policelli, executive director of the Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office, will open the dialogue.

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


Georgetown University 

Gaston Hall, Healy Hall, Third Floor

3700 O Street Northwest

Washington, DC, 20057


Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Courtney Thompson in the Georgetown University Office of Strategic Communications at (202)-687-4328 or at courtney.thompson@georgetown.edu.