USF for Freedom 2017 


Symposium on Refugees, Forced Migrants, and Integration

Friday April 7, 2017 

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

University of San Francisco - Downtown Campus

101 Howard St. Room 150

Free event open to the public

“We aim not only to help refugees get back on their feet to earn a living, but to restore dignity and hope and facilitate integration as well.”
— Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director.

Refugee Intolerance or Integration?

While social and political intolerance toward refugee migration persist, the practice and policies for refugee integration are the most promising solutions toward a more integrated, peaceful and secure future. Integration is also a smart economic, security and global choice fostering a global common future for humanity. 

Many international nongovernmental organizations and local / national nonprofits are on the forefront to establish effective and long term solutions to refugee crises and forced migrations issues worldwide. Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is one of those organizations that exemplify such best practice of integration through accompaniment, advocacy and direct service for emergencies and hospitality. The JRS Italy programs for refugee hospitality and integration coordinated by the Centro Astalli is one of those best practices admired by Pope Francis and highly regarded in Europe. 

Education, language acquisition, job opportunities, housing security, affordable health care access, communication and networking are among the essential elements in refugee integration. The international community mandate to protect and provide dignity services for victims of war and discrimination deserves adequate national policies to promote hospitality and integration into our local communities.  

The University of San Francisco's Annual Symposium USF for Freedom aims at proposing and reflecting on those organizational best practice and connect our communities with these hopeful and dedicated works to make the world a better place. This year's symposium features some of the organizations and initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area that exemplify refugee integration and hospitality. 

We are honored of the presence and representation of Jesuit Refugee Service Centro Astalli and we look forward to a constructive dialogue with the represented organizational, programs and technology solutions for refugee integration. 


View the highlights from USF for Freedom 2017 below: 

Introductions and Keynote 

Expert Panel Session

Photos USF4freedom 2017



Organizations Represented 

Hosting and Sponsoring Programs and Schools

Support our partners

Click the links below to donate to our co-sponsoring and invited participating organizations: