Immigrants and Refugees Conference: Social, Political, Legal, and Ethical Problems and Solutions

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Event Information:

May 21-22
Busch Student Center
Saint Louis University Campus
St. Louis, MO

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Registration is free of charge.

Register using the online form or by calling 314-977-3200.

For more information, call 314-977-3200.

Keynote Speaker:

His Beatitude Bechara Peter Rai His Beatitude Bechara Peter Rai, Patriarch of Antioch, leader of the Maronite Catholic Church and strong proponent for peace in the Middle East. Patriarch Rai is leading the Maronite Church on his motto of "Communion and Love." full bio >>

Keynote Speaker:

U.S. Representative Luis Vicente Gutiérrez, D-Illinois U.S. Rep Luis Vicente Gutiérrez, D-Illinois has served since 1993 and was the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest. He is regarded as the "national leader on comprehensive immigration reform." full bio >>

Also Speaking:

Sonal Ambegaokar Sonal Ambegaokar, is attorney for the National Immigration Law Center and evaluates federal, state and local  health policies affecting low-income immigrants and their access to affordable health care. full bio >>

The Patriarch of Antioch will also address:
  • The question of refugees in the context of Lebanon and will discuss the need for an inter-religious dialogue to spread the spirit of freedom, democracy and human rights in the region.
The conference also will consider:
  • The experience of immigrants from Asia and Latin America
  • Reasons for the immigration of those who come without documents
  • Practical problems immigrants face, such as health care and education, including a panel discussion about Casa de Salud, a St. Louis clinic open to Latino immigrants - regardless of legal status - and supported by Saint Louis University
  • Ethical questions regarding the treatment of refugees and immigrants
Conference is made possible by:
Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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