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Jill Marie Gerschutz

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Jill Marie Gerschutz, co-editor and contributor to And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching, is Senior Legislative Specialist for Catholic Relief Services. For five years prior she served as migration policy director and outreach coordinator for the U.S. Jesuit Conference in Washington, DC. She has developed networks with secular, other religious, and governmental actors as the nation explores its "right relationship" with immigrants. As a representative to Justice for Immigrants: the Catholic campaign for immigration reform, Gerschutz has developed extensive expertise in migration, Catholic social thought, and pastoral responses to migration matters by the Church. Gerschutz has presented widely on the moral, ethical, and pragmatic arguments for immigration reform, including at the National Migration Conference; The Rev. Richard A. McGarrity, S.J., Faith and Culture Lecture at Marquette University; and presentations for the Catholic community of St. Louis, the Sisters of Victory Knoll; the Centre Justice et Foi in Quebec; the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice; and at many Catholic Universities. Her articles on the subject have been published in the Blueprint for Social Justice journal, Epikea, Vivre ensemble and other magazines and journals.


Young Leader, Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (San Antonio, TX: German Marshall Fund, July 2009).

“The Faith that Does Justice,” (Presentation to the Meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, April 24, 2009).

“Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration Reform” (Presentation at US Catholic National Migration Conference, July 29, 2008).

Young Leader, Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (Nuremburg, Germany: German Marshall Fund, July 9-13, 2008).

“Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Catholic Church.”  Presentation at Voix du Sud, regards du Nord sur les migrations.  Centre Justice et Foi.  Montreal, May 10, 2008.

“Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration Reform,” Ignatian Family Teach-In on Immigration.  Los Angeles, CA.  March, 2008.

“Política EEUU de Migración sobre Migrantes Irregulares: 2005-2007.” International Migration and Development Conference.  Universidad Iberoamericana. Leon, Mexico.  November 13, 2007.  Forthcoming publication.

“Les sans-papiers aux États-unis,” in “Frontières et migrations: Des enjeux de dignité humaine.“ Vivre ensemble vol. 14, no 50, Printemps/Été 2007.

“Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Catholic Church” (Keynote Lecture at Comprehensive Immigration Reform Forum, Creighton University, February 2, 2006).

“Immigration Reform in the United States” (Presentation at Jesuit Migration Service Annual Meeting, San Salvador, El Salvador, November  2006). 

Catholic Peacebuilding: Justice and Peace in Catholic Social Thought. Master of Arts Thesis.  American University, 2005.  Unpublished. Presented at Ghandi Conference on Nonviolence at Christian Brothers University,  October 2005.

“Transforming Visions into Reality: Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.” With Margaret P. Karns, PhD, in Children’s Human Rights: Progress and Challenges for Children, by Mark Ensalaco and Linda C. Majka.  Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.