Reports  include items produced by our fellows, associates, or colleagues which are not part of our regular publications—the JustSouth Quarterly and the JustSouth E-Newsletter.


State of Working Florida

Low-Wage Work in Mississippi: Enhancing Opportunities for Families

On behalf of JSRI, Dr. Kathleen Fitzergald studied the needs of low-wage workers in Mississippi, what the state is doing to address these needs, and what additional policies and programs can be implemented to address the myriad unmet needs of this vulnerable population. This report was prepare for OxFam America. 

Low-Wage Work in Mississippi:Enhancing Opportunities for Families Report 

SNAP Keeps Louisiana Strong and Healthy During Difficult Times 

The Over a six month period, Sakeenah Shabazz (Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow at JSRI), Jeanie Donovan (JSRI Economic Policy Specialist), and Colleen Dulle (Loyola University New Orleans Senior), travelled around Louisiana and spoke with 47 SNAP recipients and coordinators. These experiences were compiled in an interactive story bank and captured through a short film. This project was further supported by a report examining SNAP in Louisiana. 

SNAP Story Bank 
SNAP Story Bank Short Film 
SNAP Story Bank Report 

Recovering the Human Face of Immigration in the U.S. South 

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI), and Program for Immigration Religion & Social Change came together to produce Recovering the Human Face of Immigration in the U.S. South in October of 2016. The effort was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and with religious leaders throughout the country giving insight into inclusive immigrant practices (namely, Ann Cass Williams; PJ Edwards; Michael Mata; Alexia Salvatierra; Msgr. Dan Stack). 

Recovering the Human Face of Immigration in the U.S. South 

Recovering the Human Face of Immigration PowerPoint

Recovering the Human Face of Immigration Script for PowerPoint


The State of Working Mississippi 

The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) released the State of Working Mississippi 2016 report to coincide with the recent Labor Day holiday. The report examines current and historical data related to wages, labor force participation, job market, education, assets and poverty in Mississippi. It also includes proposed policy solutions related to the findings.

2016 Report 
2016 Summary 

JustSouth Index 

By measuring and comparing all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on nine social justice-related indicators, the JustSouth Index provides a strong starting point for determining not only where inequity is most problematic but also what systemic factors contribute to the inequity. The JustSouth Index also provides guidance regarding how citizens and leaders in the Gulf South can change this picture.

2016 Report

State Scorecards 

Interactive Map



Too Much for Too Many: What does it cost families to live in Louisiana?

This report provides an account of how tens of thousands of Louisiana families—of various sizes, compositions, and locations—lack adequate income sources to sustain family economic security and human dignity.

2015 Report 

Catholic Social Thought




Race & Racism