Bi-National Chicago Institute

Join the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Civitas ChildLaw Center, School of Social Work, and Department of Anthropology for the Inaugural Bi-National Chicago Institute from August 1st through 10thThe Bi-National Chicago Institute was developed to provide students from Loyola University Chicago, ITESCO Universidad, and Universidad Iberoamerica, educational, professional, and experiential learning opportunities addressing the experience of migrant children and families in the United States.  Moreover, the institute aims to develop foundational knowledge on legal, health, and human service issues affecting migrants in the Central and North American region, and to promote collaboration across borders that facilitate transnational work and research to promote the human rights of migrant families and children. 


To Register:

Faculty, Staff, and Students will meet at the Corboy Law Center 25 E. Pearson St, room 601 unless otherwise stated. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided at Corboy Law Center August 6-9. Participants are responsible for remaining meals and transportation to/from site visits. Optional Outings: Transportation and food expenses will be the responsibility of the participants.

August 6

9-10:30 Immigration in the US 101 - Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, Department of Anthropology

10:30-12 Protecting Families: The Significance of Immigration Status in Family Court - Colleen Connolly, LAF & Lourdes Rodriguez, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

1-2:30 Relief for Victims of Crime and Human Rights Abuses - Katherine Kaufka Walts, Center for the Human Rights of Children

2:30-3:30 Site Visit: Catholic Charities of Chicago

4:30-7:00 Optional Group Dinner


August 7

8:30-11 Site visit: Immigration Court Hearings (meet in lobby of 525 W. Van Buren St)

1-2:30 The Role of Expert & Forensic Assessments in Accessing Legal Relief for Migrant Children & Families - Dr. Gregory Lewis

2:30-3:30 Break

3:30-5 Conducting Research with Immigrant Populations and Service Providers - Ruth Gomberg- Munoz, Department of Anthropology

5-5:30 Snack Break; Leave for Optional Outing

7:10-9 Optional Outing: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox Game


August 8

9-10:30 Youth and Migration in the US: Rights, Responsibilities, & Realities of Young People Seeking Safety, Sanctuary, and Dignity - Kelly Kribs, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

10:30-12 Public Health and Migrants in the US - Dr. Marsha Griffin

1-2:30 Children & Youth Living in the US: Access and Equity in Education - Catherine Santiago, Department of Psychology and Joseph Saucedo, Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

3-4:00 Site Visit: AFIRE-Filipino Migrant Organizing

5-6:30 Discussion of the Puerto Rican Migration to Chicago

7-9:00 Optional Outing: Summer Dance in the Park


August 9

9-10:30 Consular Practices & Transnational Issues - Consulate General of Mexico

10:30-12 Film

1-2:30 Protecting Immigrant Rights: Organizing & Activism in the US- Fred Tsao, ICIRR

3-4:00 Site Visit: UNAM Chicago

6:00 Dinner and Reception at Schreiber Center


August 10

9-12:00 Reflections and Possible Site Visit

To Register:

Agenda is subject to change. For more information contact: