Resource on immigration issues and legislation: Fairfield University's Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J.



Image: Rick RyscavageRev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director of Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life and professor of sociology, served as national director of the Jesuit Refugee Service. While he was executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Migration and Refugee Services, he ran one of the world's largest refugee resettlement agencies where he oversaw annual federal grants of more than $40 million from the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Fr. Ryscavage was president of CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

Fr. Ryscavage chaired the humanitarian section of INTERACTION, the largest coalition of American non-governmental organizations working internationally. He was the first Arrupe Tutor at the Refugee Studies Centre of Oxford University in England. In 2006, he was invited by the Vatican to become a member of the official delegation of the Holy See to the 61st session of the UN General Assembly.

Fairfield's Center for Faith and Public Life is overseeing two grant-funded initiatives that relate to different aspects of the immigration issue: the "Immigrant Student National Position Paper" focusing on undocumented students and "Strangers as Neighbors: Religious Language and the Response to Immigrants in the U.S."

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 18, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 82