Partnership Events

Unaccompanied Minor Conference

The Path of the Unaccompanied Minor:

Examining Legal and Community Responses to the Humanitarian Crisis

Thursday, April 9
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (breakfast 9:15)
(Attend sessions that fit your schedule)
Law School, Room 101 and Commons
Open to the Public - ACS and CLE Approved

(This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal
Education Board for 3 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits.

In the past year approximately 51,000 unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have crossed the border into the U.S. seeking safety.  Once apprehended, children as young as 6, have been housed in detention facilities until they can be placed with a family member, sponsor, or in foster care.  They have remained there until their court date which can be a two-year wait.  The poor physical conditions of the detention facilities, the lack of essential support services for children, the inadequate legal representation, and the overall justice and humaneness of the immigration and legal systems have been brought into serious question by the UNHCR, human rights and humanitarian organizations, religious bodies, the media, the courts, and attorneys who represent the children.

The Conference is a joint initiative of the Villanova School of Law Clinical Program, the Villanova Partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Villanova Campus Ministry.  Drawing on the expertise of those who have first-hand experience working with these children from the “Northern Triangle” countries of Central America, the purpose of the conference is to shed light on the seriousness of the crisis and the moral and ethical responsibility to address it, and to recommend specific action on a number of levels that can be taken.

This conference will trace the path of the unaccompanied children through five aspects of their journey: the push factors driving them out their home countries, the conditions of the detention facilities the children have been  held in when they reach the U.S., the legal obstacles they face when they arrive, the unique challenges they face integrating into U.S. communities, and their fate if deported.  It will also identify resources, current efforts and contacts to aid in this crisis, and suggest effective ways to help. 

Vigil poster

Join Villanova’s Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors for an Interfaith Vigil for Families Fleeing Conflict in Iraq and Syria on December 3rd, between 4:30-5:15 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church to Learn, Pray, Act and Give during this Season of Solidarity.
Last fall the Villanova University community filled the church to capacity in response to the urgent humanitarian crisis of Syria’s refugees.  One year later the crisis in the region has escalated compounded by the spreading violence of ISIS.  Today 13.6 million Syrians and Iraqis have been displaced—the equivalent of London’s population.
Kim Pozniak, CRS Communications Officer for Global Emergencies, and Barbara Fraze, International Editor for the Catholic News Service, recently returned from the region and will address the situation. Read more about Kim.
Following the vigil over 200 letters written asking Congress to lend support to the refugees were delivered to Capitol Hill.

Please support families with essential living supplies, safe housing, hygiene kits, medical care and trauma counseling.


The Intersection of Faith and the Environment: Empowering the Care of Creation

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Learn how faith and sustainability work together to create a better future for all. Panelists will discuss how their faith can drive sustainability efforts around the world and here at home. Panelists include:

  • Gaye Burpee, Sr. Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
  • Dan Misleh, Executive Director, Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Rear Admiral David W. Titley, USN (Ret), Director of the Center of Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University, former Chair of the Navy's Task Force on Climate Change



CRS Ambassador Regional Training

Villanova University
Saturday, October 25th
Garey Hall


Faculty/Staff Development Workshop

Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Information and Communications Technology for Development  (ICT4D)
A CRS Workshop for Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students (by invitation)

Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided) - Falvey room 205
Please register by September 15th

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in the INGO community in the use of technology for poverty reduction and development.  In this special workshop, CRS’ Shaun Ferris, Director of Agricultural Livelihoods; Stephen Hellen, Director of ICT Architecture Design; and Marianna Hensley, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for CRS’ East and South Asia Region; will share some of the highlights from CRS’ 6th Annual Innovation and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference in Nairobi last March.

Ferris, Hellen, and Hensley (via Skype in India) will offer an exciting overview and specific examples of how the agency is using ICT cutting-edge innovations to creatively meet agricultural, market, financial, and health needs and build resilience in very poor communities. more