Showing posts from May, 2016

Refugee Conditions – The War on Human Equity

The Syrian civil war has been going on for over five years, and with continuous cease fires that are being broken - and mass death and destruction continuing to take place. It seems that more Syrians will be seeking refuge outside of the country. This will result in more countries needing support to house hundreds of thousands more that will be fleeing their homes to the intensity of the civil. In recent news, after the bombing of Aleppo by the Assad Regime, Russian Jets, and extremist groups like ISIS and Jabat Al-Nusra [1].
According to recent reports, there areover 50,000 Syrian refugees at the border of Syria and Jordan close by the Ruqban and Hadalat border[2]. In recent years, countries neighboring Syria (such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) have taken some of the largest amount of refugees. However, there has also been a mass influx of refugees seeking refugees in European countries in the last three years. These refugees consist mostly of Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, abuses in …


A recent article from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) features the work that USF has been doing in this area through the AGO-Rome, USF4Freedom and Not for Sale.

Excerpt from
Chains Shall He Break: Catholic Colleges Combat Human Trafficking "Another unique example of anti-human trafficking efforts at Catholic colleges is found at the University of San Francisco (USF) within the School of Management. Professor Marco Tavanti, Ph.D., director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program, president and co-founder of the World Engagement Institute (WEI), and director of the Academic Global Immersion (AGI) program, spearheaded the May 2015 USF for Freedom Symposium (USF4Freedom) with colleague Dr. David Batstone, who founded the Not for Sale campaign. Tavanti says USF4Freedom was organized by the students who participated in the AGI-Rome program, an immersion trip for MNA students “in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Services on international pr…


USF4FREEDOM 2016 Symposium

The AGI-Rome 2016 alumni have been helpful in the preparation of the second USF4Freedom conference. It will be a follow up to that organized in 2015 that explored the connection of refugee, forced migration and human trafficking. The USF4freedom 2016 will explore the current local and global refugee crisis in relation to human security, forced migration and education. Some of the panelists are faculty in the Jesuit Refugee Service program - Jesuit Commons which provides higher education opportunities through online instruction to refugees in refugee camps. Some of the panelists at also USF students who came in the USA as refugees.

USF for Freedom: Symposium on Refugees, Forced Migrants, and Human Security
Monday May 23, 2016 at the University of San Francisco | McLaren 252There are many names for people who flee war and violence across borders: refugees, forced migrants, unaccompanied minors, displaced people. This symposium looks at the quest for freedom th…