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Jesuit group holds conference on people returning post-Katrina

Loyola press release - September 7, 2010

The Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans will sponsor a conference examining how residents and newcomers have been welcomed home to New Orleans in the five years since Hurricane Katrina and will highlight the work that still needs to be done.

“Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Welcoming Community?” takes place Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Audubon Room, Danna Student Center. It is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided. Sr. Jaime Phelps, O.P., director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, will share theological reflections throughout the day as well. RSVP for lunch by e-mailing jsri@loyno.edu.

Part One: Welcoming Back Our Own

Allison Plyer from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center will give a statistical overview of New Orleans five years post-Katrina.

Jarvis DeBerry, Times-Picayune columnist, will discuss how New Orleans has welcomed residents, especially the poor, elderly and people of color.

Workshop topics to follow include “Equity in Post-Katrina Education Reform,” “Fair Housing,” “Access to Healthcare” and “Children of the Storm.”

Part Two: Welcoming Newcomers

Martin Gutierrez, the executive director of Neighborhood and Community Services of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, will give an overview of the experience of immigrant workers coming to New Orleans after Katrina and how they have been received.

Part two topics include “Law Enforcement and Crimes against Immigrants,” “Proposed Anti-immigrant Legislation in Louisiana” and “Vietnamese and Latino Communities: The Struggle for Community after Katrina and BP.”

The conference is made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Housed in the College of Social Sciences, JSRI is a project of Loyola and the Jesuit New Orleans Province. JSRI offers research, social analysis, theological reflection and practical strategies for improving the socio-economic conditions of the southern U.S. and in select parts of the Caribbean and Latin America. It includes a focus on issues of poverty, race and migration in the light of Catholic social teaching.

For more information, visit www.loyno.edu/jsri or contact Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., executive director of JSRI at 504-864-7747 or fkammer@loyno.edu.

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