The Kino Border Initiative: Working on the Frontiers for Immigration Reform

Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director of the KBI Initiative

September 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., Kelley Auditorium


"People with No Names: The Undocumented"

Exhibition of Paintings
Pamela Hoffmeister

Exhibit Dates
September 19 - November 23, 2013
The Manny Leitao Lobby, Quick Center for the Arts

Public Opening
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Gallery Talk - 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Gallery Opening - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Catholic Studies, International Studies, Jesuit Mission Initiatives, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Service for Justice Residential College, Art History Department, Politics Department, Center for Faith and Public Life, Campus Ministry/Social Justice, Peace and Justice Studies, The Cities Initiative



Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J.

Sean Carroll, S.J. was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts on June 24, 1966 but spent most of his childhood in Southern California. In 1988, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in History and he entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1989. Sean was ordained a priest on May 27, 2000, and served for four years as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick's Church in Oakland, CA. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became Associate Pastor at Dolores Mission Church. Two years later, while continuing to work at Dolores Mission, he began to serve as the Pastoral Ministries Assistant for the California Province of the Society of Jesus, helping to coordinate pastoral initiatives among twelve Jesuit parishes in California, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii. As part of this ministry, he assisted with the exploratory phase of a new migrant ministry in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. These efforts led to the inauguration of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI): a Catholic, bi-national, collaborative effort that focuses on humanitarian assistance, education, research and social-pastoral outreach in the area of migration. Since January 2009, Sean has been serving as Executive Director of the KBI in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. Under his leadership, KBI has received a number of prestigious awards including: the Ohtli Award from Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Relations, 2011; the Quetzalcatl Award from Mexico's National Institute of Migration in 2011; Seeds of Change Award presented by the Circle of Peace, September 24, 2012; the Cross Border Cooperation and Innovation Award presented by the Border Research Partnership.


Pamela Hoffmeister

Pamela Hoffmeister was born in Pensacola, Florida on June 11, 1950 but spent her childhood traveling around the United States in a military family. In 1971 she married Charles Hoffmeister in Merced, California. In 1973, she graduated from California State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. In 1975, she had the first of her six children. In 1982, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a second Bachelor's degree in Painting and Drawing. In 1983, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Oregon. During the last thirty years, while raising her six children, she has worked painting commissioned portraits for a variety of clients in Europe and North America. Since 2010 Pamela has spent time in Tucson, Arizona focused on painting portraits of undocumented immigrants, endeavoring to put a human face on the myriad of people who live and work in the shadows of the United States of America. She continues to travel throughout the West and Southwest interviewing and painting her immigrant subjects. In 2011, Pamela showed her immigrant portraits and gave a talk at the Mills International Center at the University of Oregon. Most recently, in June 2013, she showed her work as part of the Social Action Summer Institute on Immigration in Tucson, Arizona.


  1. KBI Report, February 13, 2013 (with partners Jesuit Refugee Services/USA and Jesuit Conference of the United States).
  2. Kino Border Initiative Documentary
  3. Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. calls for immigration reform at Congressional Hearing (April 11, 2013)
  4. Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J.: On the Border (March 16, 2013)
  5. Serving the Migrants: A Kino Border and Newman Center Collaboration (May 2, 2011)
  6. Transforming Hearts: On the border with Jesuit Refugee Service (February 24, 2009)
  7. Forces of Good: Jesuit Refugee Service ministers to deportees in Mexico (February 24, 2009)
  8. Danos Hoy El Pan de Este Dia y Perdona Nuestras Deudas (December 11, 2009)

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