A capstone project by Cabrini University Communication Students

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Working for Dignity: Nationally

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks to unite all people of good will in support of immigration reform.


Working for Dignity: Regionally

The Aquinas Center serves the Philadelphia community by facilitating programs and providing immigration legal services.


Working for Dignity: Locally

Cabrini University's Center on Immigration works in service of immigrant justice through research, education and advocacy.

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A person who – being fearful of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion – is outside the country of his/her own origin and is unable to return to that country.


Economic Migrant

A person who has moved to another country to find employment in the absence of viable and sustainable opportunities in his/her own homeland.


Asylum Seeker

A person who has left his/her country of origin – in accordance with the definition of “refugee” – and formally presented him/herself at or within the border of another country for asylum.


Stateless Person

A person who is not considered a national of any State, and therefore, lacks diplomatic protections and the right to temporarily stay or return if he/she travels.


Internally Displaced Person

A person who has been forced to leave his/her home because of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, or violations of human rights, but has not crossed an internationally-recognized state border.


Naturalized Citizen

A person born outside of the U.S. who has lawfully become a citizen. This citizen is not eligible to become president or vice-president of the nation, but otherwise enjoys the same freedoms as a naturally-born citizen.

Catholic Principles of Global Migration

The Catholic Bishops of Mexico & the U.S. developed these principles, which flow from the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching.

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All persons have the right to find economic, political, and social opportunities in their own countries. They have the right to work that provides a living wage.

Principle 1 - Right to Opportunities


The goods of the earth belong to all people. Thus, when people cannot find work at home to support themselves and their families, they have the right to seek that work elsewhere to survive.

Principle 2 - Right to Migrate


Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders. However, wealthier nations have a greater obligation to accommodate migration flows.

Principle 3 - Right to Control Borders


Refugees and asylum seekers often flee their homes to escape wars and persecution. They should be afforded protection by the global community without incarceration and have their claims reviewed by a competent authority.

Principle 4 - Right to Protection


All migrants, regardless of their legal status, possess human dignity and have the right to be respected. Government policies should support the human rights of the undocumented.


Principle 5 - Right to be Respected

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Telling stories that matter...

What does it mean to “welcome the stranger”? This phrase from the Bible isn’t a rhetorical question. The Scriptures tell us to welcome migrants. The number of international migrants worldwide swelled to 258 million in 2017, and according to the United Nations, continues to grow. How we in the media characterize these strangers affects public sentiment and political action. We take our responsibility as student journalists seriously.

Thus, we, the 2018-2019 Senior Convergence students in the Communication Department at Cabrini University, explored issues of global migration and immigration for our senior capstone project. We examined the systemic factors that unjustly compromise the dignity of migrants and the well-being of our global community. We also found the people, teams and organizations working on solutions to address these factors. Explore our website and be inspired to welcome migrants as a members of our human family.

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Ashleigh Carby

Ashleigh Carby

I chose this topic because I’ve always been a mentor to children and teens in danger of falling within the system of incarceration, and upon learning that migrant children are put into prison-like environments, it taught me that so many people are unaware of the life-changing dangers children are put in after the separation.


Cassius Christie

I chose to cover how sports can break down social barriers amongst immigrant children. As someone who has played almost every sport with all different kinds of people, I can attest to the sense of family and community that sports can bring into people’s lives. 


Kaitlyn D'Ambrosio

I chose to look into the rate of unauthorized immigrants in higher education and why they struggle to go to college because I believe everyone deserves to get an education.

Nettie Godwin

Annette Godwin

I chose to report on the process of obtaining a visa because I like to focus on the important things that are happening in the world today. Many people may assume that obtaining a U.S. visa is an easy process. It is not. There are many steps, and they can take very long time.


James Humes

I chose the topic of undocumented children having difficulty receiving an education because I believe that education is very important. Receiving a quality education creates opportunities throughout life and helps create a productive and knowledgeable society. When people, especially children, are deprived of this resource, it is very unjust.


Daniel Jackson

I chose to work on the public perception of immigration because I know the effects that people’s opinions and views can have on our society. When you are judged before people get to know you, they begin to make assumptions about who you are. This topic shows the harm of those assumptions.

Ashley Lodise

Ashley Lodise

I chose my topic, Migrant Death at the U.S.-Mexico border, because of the astounding amount of deaths every year at the border. In 2017, there were 412 deaths at the border, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

Chrissy McCollum

Chrissy McCollum

I chose to research the history of immigration policies because it is important to determine why certain policies were implemented in order to understand how we got to where we are today in terms of immigration. Telling the historic portion of the wider immigration story taught me what social, political, economic and cultural factors influence the formation of policies.


William Morgan

I chose to report on immigrant entrepreneurs because their stories are under told. Immigrants founded a number of the biggest companies in the world, and we Americans use their products and services on a daily basis. Immigrant entrepreneurship is the backbone of America. As Elon Musk said, “If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic.”


DeVahnte Mosley

I chose to examine the impact of U.S. government intervention in Mexico and Latin America, a topic introduced to me in Dr. Jerry Zurek's Working for Global Justice course at Cabrini University. There, I learned about the long history of U.S. government intervention in the Latin American region, and I lobbied in Washington D.C. to increase foreign aid funding for organizations that help farmers improve agricultural production.

Avery Murphy

Avery Murphy

Once I learned about the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, I was interested in studying the short and long term effects trauma like this can have on the brain. I have learned that the younger you experience trauma, the more damage is done, and it is extremely difficult to recover from.

Meghan Nilan

Meghan Nilan

I chose my topic of the media’s coverage of immigration because the stories we consume each day shape our opinions of global migration and drive our social, political and economic choices.

Brittney Palmer

Brittney Palmer

I chose to study the psychological impacts of childhood trauma because often times we do not realize how hard the immigration and migration process can be on children. While children have a voice, they need a way to project that voice. I intend to be their megaphone.


James Quinlan

I chose to report on the visa process because I believe it is the most important aspect of our nation's immigration system that needs to be addressed. If you fix this process, it means less people being deported, a decrease in the amount of families and children needing to be detained at the border, and an increase in the number of jobs immigrants can work.


Brian Rohanna

For this website, I reported on the public health impacts of restrictionist immigration policies. I did so because I have noticed the number of foreign-born healthcare professionals working in the U.S. when I go to my medical appointments.

Nina Schirmer

Nina Schirmer

Coming from a Cuban family, I had more of a personal connection with my topic - the pull factors of migration from Central America. My family taught me what it is like to leave everything behind to find a better life. I hope that when people see our work on this website they know that there is help available for them.

Anthony Spitery

Anthony Spitery

Telling this story about DACA has taught me how complex this issue really is. Sure, DACA isn’t perfect, but it has benefited over 800,000 people. It’s difficult to rationalize terminating a temporary program that benefits migrants, and say that you are doing them a service by building a wall to keep them out.


Antonio Stedeford

I chose to report on the process of seeking asylum in America. I chose my topic because I find America to be a safe and opportunity-friendly country. Therefore, I think everyone should be capable of living in a safe environment and not having the constant fear that their lives are at risk.


Xavier Taylor

I chose to study the public's perception of immigration and their knowledge of the immigration process. I wondered if they learned about the process in grades K-12, thinking that education can be the biggest disruptor to intolerance. The public has the most power in any and all situations to change the system.


Rebecca Tompkins

I chose to report on family-based migration because family means everything. I wouldn’t have made it through college without mine and as Lilo likes to say, “ Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind.”

Seneca White

Seneca White

Telling this story taught me that when doing research on such a sensitive topic there was a lot of discussion about the hard  facts, but I noticed there was a need for letting people speak their truth. I believe we told the story of how there is still hope and dignity for migrants.

Aariana Wilson

Aariana Wilson

To me, dignity for migrants is having respect for people and the different situations they come from. It can be easy to make our own assumptions about big topics that seem unrelated to us. However, sometimes the best thing to do is to simply listen with an open mind. Doing this makes you realize that as a citizen of the world our life stories are connected in more ways than one.  

Xavier Young

Xavier Young

I choose this topic because I want to know what happens between the time migrants apply for asylum as they wait for the decision. I wanted to know if they are receiving the proper resources and needs for the await time.

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