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Kaitlin L. Locascio: 2016 Spirit of St. Ignatius Award, College of Law

Loyola announcement - May 20, 2016

Kaitlin L. Locascio is no stranger to Jesuit education or the concept of serving others. As an undergraduate at the University of San Francisco, Kaitlin studied international studies and world religions, focusing on Africa and the Middle East. USF welcomed individuals of every faith and pushed students to connect and share cultures and faith with each other. As a sophomore, Kaitlin was a part of the Erasmus Living and Learning Community where she spent the year studying human trafficking and child soldiers, spending time in Uganda. As a junior, she ventured to Morocco, where she studied Arabic and Islam. She also spent time in Israel and Palestine with Abraham’s Vision, an organization aimed at building bridges of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Kaitlin was eager to come to Loyola University New Orleans Law School, knowing that as a Jesuit University, Loyola would provide her with opportunities to continue to work for social justice. During her time at Loyola, Kaitlin has focused on immigration. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in both Australia and New York, and is currently assisting asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants as a student practitioner at the Loyola Immigration Clinic. In March, she went to Texas with Professor Medina and 8 other students, assisting immigrant families who were detained at the Karnes Detention Center.

Additionally, Kaitlin is currently the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Public Interest Law. This year, she helped the Journal organize a fundraiser for newly arrived refugees in Louisiana. She is also active in the New Orleans community, volunteering at Catholic Charities in their Immigration and Refugee Services program.