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Migration Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

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Migration Justice: Beyond Rhetoric
7:00pm, 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Loyola's Commitment to Justice, Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, The Center for Community Service and Justice and Messina  
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About the Event: 

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Many migrants walk to safety in this country, only to face further challenges once they arrive.  Hear personal stories from our neighbors and reflect on your own relation to migration, which flows in multiple directions and impacts all of us.  

Jesuit priorities proclaim that we are all called to be of service, and that the frontiers of migration are key.  At Loyola specifically, how may we deepen our understanding in order to respond to this call?  How may we each contribute, going forward?


  • Ms. Malaika Wanjihia is a senior at Mercy High School. Though born in Baltimore, her parents are from Kenya, and they raised both her and her sister to keep close ties with their Kenyan identity and culture. She is the co-founder of the Social Justice Society in her high school and is passionate about racial and immigration justice. She has gone on several mission trips. Most recently, she was chosen by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as part of its Haiti Outreach program to work with children living in poverty in the Diocese of Gonaives. 
  • Mr. Carlos Amador is a senior at Loyola University Maryland. He was born in Honduras and grew up in El Salvador. After arriving in the United States when he was 13 years old, he attended the Archbishop Borders school here in Baltimore and went on to graduate high school from St. Francis Academy. At Loyola, he is the president for ALAS (association of Latin American and Spanish students), a resident assistant (RA) in Campion, and a member of the Green and Grey Society. 
  • Originally from the Onitsha community in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Chijioke Oranye came to the United States when he was 8 years old with his family. Chijioke was a student at St. Ignatius School downtown and Baltimore City High School, where he played basketball and was also class president. He is now in his first year at Johns Hopkins University, where he intends to major in Political Science. In his spare time he plays club basketball and is part of the African Students Association dance club.
  • Maureen Sweeney is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she has directed the Immigration Clinic since 2004. The Clinic focuses on deportation defense and on increasing access to legal representation for people in deportation proceedings. Ms. Sweeney has worked as a public interest attorney representing immigrants and agricultural workers in employment-related disputes. She is a former Jesuit Corps volunteer and a founding member of the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition. 


Fr. Joe Muth is Pastor of St. Matthew Church in Baltimore, which has a community made up of people from over 40 different countries.  The church has a Folk Group, a Gospel Choir, a Kenyan Choir, and some Sudanese Singers. The Church also established an Immigration Center in the year 2000 to assist people with political asylum, status adjustment, and family reunification. He has traveled to Africa three times, visiting Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda. Fr. Joe is also Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Baltimore City and in September 2010 was asked to initiate a Catholic Campus Ministry for Morgan State University.


Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion: 

  • What does 'home' mean to you?
  • Have you ever experienced fear? What does fear mean to you? 
  • How far are you willing to go to follow your dreams? Where do you draw the line?
  • How do you define 'immigrant'?
  • Are you aware of your own accent? How is your accent tied to your cultural identity?
  • Who do you think has a more difficult time transitioning into a new environment--the offspring of first generation immigrants or the parents?
  • How do you gain someone’s trust to open up to you?

Complementing the Conversation: Immigration Week at Loyola University Maryland

Continuing the Conversation: 

For more information about this event and further opportunities, contact messina@loyola.edu

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