2015 JSRI Advocacy Efforts

February 5, 2015: Teach-In on the Child Migrant Crisis for Catholic Youth [LA]
Dr. Weishar, Ms. Baudouin, Fr. Kammer and Mr. Bustamante led an evening for New Orleans Catholic High School students to listen to the stories of the peers who have recently immigrated to New Orleans. 

April 16, 2015: Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants 
The evening before oral arguments were heard in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, JSRI and other faith leaders led a prayer service on the steps of the Court House. Leaders read statements that expressed solidarity and the need for lasting and humane solutions to the nation's immigration crisis. PRESS COVERAGE>>

April 29, 2015: JSRI supports SB241 [LA]
Dr. Mikulich penned a letter to the Louisiana Judiciary Committee in support of SB241, a bill that would reduce over-incarceration. 

May 19, 2015: JSRI Advocates for New Orleans Immigrants
Dr. Weishar joined a group of community stakeholders to discuss Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) actions in the New Orleans area with the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

May 21, 2015: JSRI Fellow Meets with CFPB Director Richard Cordray
Dr. Mikulich joined national faith leaders in a conversation about the proposed payday rule with CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

June 4, 2015: JSRI Organizes Tour of Family Detention Center
Ms. Baudouin and Dr. Weishar organized a tour of the family detention center in Dilley, Texas, for a group of advocates.

June 12, 2015: JSRI Fellow Protests President's Executive Order on Immigration 
Dr. Weishar participated in a demonstration to protest Louisiana’s support of a lawsuit against President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration.

August 3, 2015: Catholic Teach-In on Migration [LA]
JSRI co-hosted the Catholic Teach-In on Migration at Holy Name of Jesus School.

August 6, 2015: JSRI Speaks About JSRI Report to New Orleans City Council 
Dr. Weishar spoke about JSRI’s report Too Much for Too Many: What Does It Cost Families to Live in Louisiana at the New Orleans City Council Hearing on the need to establish a living wage for New Orleans city contract workers.

August 21, 2015: JSRI Fellow Keynotes Summit on Equity [TX]
Dr. Mikulich was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Cross-Systems Summit "Collaborating to Achieve Equity" hosted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

August 28, 2015: JSRI Reflects on Katrina Anniversary by Thanking Immigrant Workers
Dr. Weishar organized the Katrina Immigrant Workers and Homeowners Press Conference and Rally. Fr. Kammer,SJ, and Ms. Baudouin spoke at the press conference, thanking immigrant workers for helping to rebuild New Orleans and calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

October 3, 2015: JSRI Fellow Presents on Mass Incarceration at Annual Pax Christi Meeting 
Dr. Mikulich addressed mass incarceration at the annual meeting of Pax Christi Illinois.

October 7, 2015: JSRI Fellow Presents Report to New Orleans Wage Board 
Ms. Donovan presented JSRI's “Too Much for Too Many” report to the New Orleans Wage Board.

November 10, 2015: Catholic Teach-In on Migration 
Dr. Weishar, Fr. Kammer, and Ms. Baudouin led a Catholic Teach-In on Migration at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church.

November 10, 2015: JSRI Fellow Protests LA Denial of Food Stamps 
Dr. Weishar joined a demonstration led by Stand for Dignity in front of the New Orleans food stamp office to protest Louisiana's denial of food stamps to 65,000 people.