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A hub for learning, innovation, and best practice in fields related to migration and health
The Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health (CIRGH) is an interdisciplinary effort of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Its mission is to advance scholarship, practice and understanding of the health and related challenges faced by immigrants and refugees at local, national and global levels.
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Located in the heart of Harlem, the Center focuses on practical approaches to reduce health inequities in immigrant and refugee communities, both domestically and around the world. We aim to provide a scholarly basis for the development of healthy urban centers, equitable access to health services, and a deeper understanding of the linkages between migrant health and health disparities. 

Join the CUNY Graduate Center on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 4:15-6:00 pm for a discussion with author Shannon Gleeson on “Status at Work: Power, Race, and the Law in the Immigrant Workplace.” This co-authored book (with Kate Griffith, Darlène Dubuisson, and Patricia Campos-Medina) is a David and Goliath story that illuminates how power operates in the low-wage workplace. In it, they draw on 50 interviews with immigrant worker advocates and over 300 Haitian and Central American low-wage workers, across three different immigration statuses, arguing that immigrant worker precarity is driven by three intersecting vectors of state power: under-regulation of class relations, exclusionary immigration policy, and long legacies of legalized racisms.

Status at Work bridges labor scholarship on low-wage worker precarity, immigration scholarship on liminal legal status, and race scholarship on the long legacies of transatlantic slavery and white supremacist colonization. Gleeson et al contend that scholars, advocates, and policymakers must center workers’ voices and acknowledge these intersecting power dynamics when assessing or addressing the roots of widespread injustice in the low-wage workplace.

Join New York State Senator Cordell Cleare on May 11, 2024 from 11am to 4pm for a legal and health resource fair for our newest New Yorkers! Legal providers and health care providers will be located at 119 Malcolm X Blvd, between 115th and 116th street. 

The 8th Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will be held in-person in 2024 from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June at Senate House, University of London.

The RLI Annual Conference offers a dedicated annual forum internationally to share and debate the latest research and cutting-edge developments in refugee protection. This conference builds on previous annual conferences by uniting academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students to consider pressing challenges in refugee law and policy.


This year’s dedicated conference theme – ‘Pacts, Promises and Protection’ – interrogates the proliferation across the world of a range of new quasi-legal pacts on refugee protection.


Registration for the conference will close on 27 May 2024.