Richard Ryscavage

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Richard Ryscavage S.J., a nationally known expert on immigration and refugee policy and issues, is director of the Center for Faith and Public Life and a professor of sociology and international studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.[1]

Ryscavage was executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Migration and Refugee Services in Washington, D.C. He was also president of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, set up by the bishops to help new immigrants.[2]

He served as national director of Jesuit Refugee Service USA, a nongovernmental organization operating in fifty countries. He organized the first program to provide religious coordinators for immigration detention facilities of the United States Department of Homeland Security.[3]

In 2006 Ryscavage was appointed official adviser to the delegation of the Holy See to the 61st United Nations General Assembly. He participated as one of the Vatican representatives in the “High Level Dialogue on Migration” convened by the UN Secretary General in September 2006.[4]

Ryscavage received his bachelor's degree and an honorary doctorate from Assumption College. He earned his master's degrees in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, political philosophy from Boston College, divinity from the Weston School of Theology and international administration from the School for International Training.[5]


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