KBI August Announcements

This month, the KBI welcomes a new legal fellow dedicated to working on asylum cases, and congratulates Father Sean on his graduation from his Global Executive MBA program. In addition, we were pleased to host three high school immersion groups.

  • New Legal Fellow: Rocío Castañeda joins the KBI as the new legal fellow, a position co-sponsored by the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) to build cases and provide legal representation for asylum seekers. Rocío earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and her J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago. In between those studies, she received full accreditation to represent immigrants in immigration matters for jobs with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and the South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas. Her extensive experience includes working with unaccompanied minors, clerking with a firm specializing in removal defense and appeals, and since 2014, working as a managing attorney with FIRRP. The KBI is extremely pleased to welcome Rocío, with her impressive dedication and specialized skills, to this new fellow position. It is something of a homecoming for Rocío as well—she grew up in Nogales, Sonora, and attended Lourdes Catholic School, where the Kino Teens got their start. ¡Bienvenida, Rocío!
  • Father Sean’s Graduation: After fourteen months of study, many group projects, and six two-week modules held in cities around the globe, Father Sean Carroll, S.J. graduated in July from GEMBA, an international business program, with an MBA degree. Jointly administered by Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service (Washington, D.C.), and ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), the program has added to Father Sean’s considerable business skills and offered a wealth of experience to draw on in his leadership of the KBI. ¡Felicitaciones, Father Sean!
  • Immersion Experiences: Three groups of high school students—from California and Illinois—spent part of their summer breaks at the KBI participating in immersion experiences to learn more about the border and the migrant experience.
Immersion Group # of participants # of days at the KBI
St. Ignatius College Prep
San Francisco, CA
11 participants  14 days
Loyola Academy
Wilmette, IL
9 participants 6 days
St. Ignatius College Prep
Chicago, IL
12 participants 7 days

Rocío Castañeda, Esq., is the new KBI/FIRRP legal fellow.
Photo courtesy of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.

July marked the graduation of the ninth GEMBA class. Here they are at Georgetown University after receiving their degrees; Father Sean is fourth from the right, front row.

Father Sean completed the 14-month GEMBA program in July, receiving an MBA degree and garnering greater business skills and insights to benefit the KBI.

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  1. Cathy Lacey says:

    Dear KBI, your work on behalf of asylum seekers continues to show the love of God to our world. Obstacles become challenges and then the power of prayer dissolves challenges into solutions. I am Canadian and continue to ask God what can my country do to sponsor asylum seekers who arrive at KBI. Every person deserves a secure life wherein hopes and dreams are nurtured. Thank you KBI for modelling the mind and the heart of Christ.

    Cathy M. Lacey Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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