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Donald Kerwin

Donald Kerwin

Donald Kerwin is an associate fellow at the Woodstock Center, and is the co-founder of the “Theology of Migration” Project. He also serves as Vice President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), overseeing all of MPI's national and international programs.

Mr. Kerwin is the co-author of And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching (Lexington Press, 2009), and has recently spoken at a series of Woodstock Center Forums on Theology of Migration.

Prior to joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for more than 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as Executive Director for nearly 15 years. CLINIC is a public interest legal corporation sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that supports a national network of 173 charitable legal programs for immigrants. Mr. Kerwin became CLINIC's Executive Director in December 1993 and during his tenure, CLINIC coordinated the nation's largest political asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals, and naturalization programs. CLINIC also offers the nation's most extensive training and legal support programs for community-based immigrant agencies.

Mr. Kerwin serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Immigration Task Force, the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services--USA, and on the board of the Border Network for Human Rights. He is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.