USF for Freedom 2018

Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Forced Migrant Children 

Wednesday April 11, 2018

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

University of San Francisco - Main Campus

McLaren Conference Center - Room 252

2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Free event open to the public



This year USF4freedom conference will focus on Pope Francis's active verbs for welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees, specifically unaccompanied minors and DACA youth. We will be reflecting on our responsibilities and opportunities to make a difference based on the best practice and recommendations of Bay Area nonprofit organizations engaged in this work and on the insights of scholars and experts on unaccompanied minors, separated children and youth refugees.  

“The International Convention on the Rights of the Child provides a universal legal basis for the protection of underage migrants. They must be spared any form of detention related to migratory status, and must be guaranteed regular access to primary and secondary education. Equally, when they come of age they must be guaranteed the right to remain and to enjoy the possibility of continuing their studies. Temporary custody or foster programmes should be provided for unaccompanied minors and minors separated from their families. The universal right to a nationality should be recognised and duly certified for all children at birth. The statelessness which migrants and refugees sometimes fall into can easily be avoided with the adoption of “nationality legislation that is in conformity with the fundamental principles of international law”
— Pope Francis, MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 104th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2018 [14 January 2018] “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”
While all children must be protected, some of our youngest asylum-seekers and refugees face even greater risks, such as “unaccompanied minors and separated children” – often youths who have fled alone.

There are many ways children can find themselves alone. Some become separated from family during long and dangerous journeys; others are sent alone with traffickers and smugglers by parents desperate to deliver their children to safe havens; others still are orphans. Before leaving their home country, many of these children have endured trauma, poverty, and lack of education. While in flight, they have suffered hardships and dangers. As a result, they number among the most vulnerable within the asylum community.
— UNHCR - Central Europe
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Numerous people have been holding signs like this to protest the Trump administration decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children. Photo: Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

About USF4freedom 

The annual Spring symposium USF4freedom is a student organized conference on refugee, forced migration, and anti-human trafficking. It represents the graduate University of San Francisco's student who participated in the Academic Global Immersion (AGI) In Rome, Italy. This immersion revolves around the study of Humanitarian Emergency Management and focusses on Refugee Service Management. It is a program Directed by Dr. Marco Tavanti and offered to Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Migration Studies (MIMS) programs to understand the crises and solutions of forced migration. The AGI Rome is organized in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Centro Astalli in collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Doctors without Borders (MSF), Save the Children, and Caritas among other international, European and Italian organizations. The students also meet with Pope Francis during an Audience in the Vatican and reflect on the role of social justice and human rights in Jesuit's mission to accompany, serve and advocate. 

The annual focus is decided together by the students and aims at providing a forum to understand and act with justice toward victims of forced migration due to extreme poverty, war and violence, social and gender discriminations,  political and religious persecution, and environmental threats to human security.   


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