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Tom O'Keefe of Standford's Center for Latin American Studies, explores how U.S. policies shaped current immigration crisis.
This program is in partnership with the Latino Outreach Visioning steering group of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Discover how the long and troubled history of U.S. military and covert interventions in Central America and failed U.S. economic assistance and climate change policies are responsible for the waves of desperate people currently fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and why the United States has a legal and moral responsibility to admit them as refugees.
Thomas Andrew O'Keefe, a dual national of the United States and Chile, is the President of Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., a legal and economic consulting firm that assists companies with their strategic business planning for South America as well as advises Latin American firms exporting to the United States. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, and received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. In 1986, he worked for the legal departments of the Chilean Human Rights Commission and the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Santiago). He also worked as an associate for a number of years at the Wall Street law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and the Boston-based Gadsby & Hannah before returning to study at the University of Oxford, where he received an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies (History and Economics) in 1992. He has taught courses on Colonial Latin America, Western Hemisphere economic integration, the political economy of the Southern Cone Countries of South America, energy and climate cooperation in the Americas, and U.S.-Latin America diplomatic history at American University, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and Stanford University. He served as Chair of the Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute between 2011 and 2016. During the spring 2015 semester, he also taught a seminar on International Human Rights Law at the Villanova University School of Law.
Trinity Episcopal Church is a community of Christians who welcome diversity in theology and worldview. The Latino Outreach Visioning steering group of Trinity Episcopal Church works to grow our understanding of and connection with the Latino community.