February 26, 2018

Gangs, Faith, and Criminal (In)justice: Radical Kinship in a Broken System

Picture of Fr. Greg Boyle with former gang members that are a part of Homeboy Industries.

This gathering has been cancelled.


Join Father Greg Boyle, S.J., and Professor Anthony Cook for food and conversation on the relationship between gang rehabilitation, religion, and public policy. For 30 years Jesuit priest Fr. Greg Boyle has worked side by side with former gang members and ex-prisoners to create Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the world. In this conversation, Fr. Boyle will offer a vision of transformation from the streets of Los Angeles. He will be joined by Georgetown’s Anthony Cook, who will offer his insight and expertise in community economic development, faith-based public policies, and the ways in which injustice influences the lives of those pulled into the criminal justice system.  

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Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries and the author of Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (2017).

Anthony Cook is a professor at the Georgetown Law Center and specializes in civil rights and discrimination, constitutional law, and social welfare. 

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University gathers young Catholics in Washington to explore links between their faith, Catholic Social Thought, and their work on public policy. These unique sessions include dialogue on key issues and personal stories about faith and public life from respected and diverse leaders. They also offer valuable opportunities for reflection and networking. ​

Doors open for the reception at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, Georgetown Law Center Campus Ministry, and the Office of Justice and Ecology of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S.