Advocacy is one of the primary activities of JSRI and takes a number of forms. Institute staff, collaborators, and stakeholders engage in advocacy on social and economic issues through researching legislative issues, providing testimony to legislative bodies, meeting and corresponding with legislators and staff members of the region, representing our concerns in local, state, and national administrative forums, and conducting public events such as hearings and press conferences. JSRI offers assistance to other advocates by providing background research for testimony and participating in collaborative campaigns to promote values such as the common good and the preferential option for the poor, and by integrating public ethics into the fostering of public policy.

  • Staff work with local Catholic groups, state Catholic Conferences, and other advocates on both national and state legislative issues; and
  • The JustSouth Quarterly and JustSouth E-newsletter include a focus on current legislative and administrative issues and initiatives dealing with poverty, race, and migration in the region, the nation, and in sending countries.

Read more about our advocacy efforts:


Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants

This Thursday, April 16 6-7:00 in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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On March 26th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that they are considering proposing rules that would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans.

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Loyola New Orleans National Lawyers Guild Presents Student Week Against the Death Penalty

JSRI will sponsor and participate in upcoming events at the Loyola Law School targeted to spread awareness about the death penalty and its implications.

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JSRI signs that Immigration Reform is a Pro-Life Issue

Catholic Leaders to Congress: Immigration Reform is a Pro-Life Issue [01/20/15]

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Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

"As Catholic theologians, we wish to go on the record in calling for a serious examination of both policing and racial injustice in the US." []

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U.S. Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration’s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief

Announcement welcome news for some immigrant families, while much work left to be done. []

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The Pope Calls for Urgent Intervention in the Humanitarian Crisis of Migrant Children

'A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalisation – all typical of a throwaway culture'

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Catholic Leaders Agree: Immigrant Families Need a Vote NOW

Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J. and 29 Catholic leaders urge Speaker Boehner to keep families together by doing his part to pass immigration reform.

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