USF for Freedom 2015


Saturday, May 30, 2015

9:00am – 3:00pm

University of San Francisco's

USF Downtown Campus, Room 150,

101 Howard Street, San Francisco.


The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. 55 percent are women and girls.  At the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement compared to 42.5 million at the end of 2011. In fact, more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994. 

USF For Freedom 2015 symposium presented the Jesuit values and practices of accompaniment, service and advocacy in relation to Bay Area nonprofits serving victims of forced migration and modern slavery. We heard from Ms. Mitzi Schroeder, Policy Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, David Batstone, President and Co-founder of Not For Sale,  Minouche Kandel, Women’s Policy Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, as well as other Bay Area nonprofits as they shared their experience accompanying and advocating for the underrepresented.

The event was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (9:00am – 3:00pm) at the University of San Francisco's USF Downtown Campus, Room 150, 101 Howard Street, San Francisco. This event was sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation Grant.


View the videos from USF For Freedom 2015 below:


Opening Remarks by Dr. Marco Tavanti

Welcome Address by Dr. Richard Callahan

Welcome Address by Father Paul Fitzgerald

Remarks by Professor David Batstone

Keynote Address by Mitzi Schroeder

Panel Remarks by Professor Bill Hing and Mark Wexler

Keynote Address by Minouche Kandel

Panel Remarks by  Lisa J. Blanchard, Adriana Fruechtl, Jane Pak,



USF For Freedom 2015 is organized in partnership with