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Luncheon: Sister JoAnn Persch on Immigration

Sister JoAnn has been an educator and administrator.  She has done social work ministry with the elderly.  In 1990 she began Su Casa Catholic Worker Community for Central American Refugees seeking political asylum as survivors of torture.  After 6 ½ years she helped build a program at Casa Notre Dame for women in recovery from addiction and their children.  Currently she serves as volunteer justice minister for the sisters of Mercy Chicago geographic area of the WestMidwest community. In her work she is committed to the issue of immigration through the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants of which she and Sister Pat Murphy are the founders. The organization does work in detention centers, a deportation center, the immigration court, the Post-Detention Accompaniment programs and ministry in the houses in Chicago for unaccompanied minors ages toddler to 17 years.  She currently serves as the CEO Emeritus of the corporation. Sister JoAnn also works with the Justice Committee of the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago.  
Sister JoAnn Persch has a BA from St. Xavier University and an MA from Loyola University in Chicago.

Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants

The Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants is a non-profit, faith-based organization of staff and volunteers called to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of all individuals and communities affected by immigration detention, deportation, and post-detention through pastoral care, advocacy, public witness and other activities. 

OUR VISION - the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants is a prophetic voice for just and humane treatment of immigrants caught in the immigration process.  We uphold the dignity and basic human rights of each individual as we stand in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers as a powerful collective voice to minimize the use of detention and to seek justice.  We believe that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic human rights, including livelihood, family unity, and physical and emotional safety.  We also seek to provide national leadership and models for detention work and general interfaith collaboration.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 12:10 PM until 1:20 PM
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  60604

Registration is required
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The Union League Club has a dress code policy, strictly enforced, of business or business casual. No jeans, tennis shoes or other casual attire. Overcoats must be checked upon arrival in the building lobby.
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Rotaract Club of Chicago
University of Chicago Rotaract Club

Mailing Address:
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 
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(3 1 2) 8 5 7 - 3 1 6 1
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(3 1 2) 3 7 2 - 3 9 0 0
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Conor Gee,

David Phelps,
chief administrative officer

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member services  
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