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Migration Policy

 
Creating a world where immigrants, migrants, refugees and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging.
– Migration and Refugee Services Vision Statement

Bishops on the Border: Mission for Migrants
On Tuesday, April 1, the USCCB Committee on Migration, along with bishops on the border, will celebrate Mass in Nogales, AZ on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the desert since 1998. More information.

Report from Mexico and Central America
A delegation from USCCB/MRS—accompanied by Bishop Seitz of El Paso—recently traveled to Mexico and Central America to examine and understand the plight of unaccompanied migrant children in the region. Here are their findings and recommendations. |  En Español.

Who We Are

Migration and Refugee Services is charged with assisting the bishops in the development and promotion of migration policy positions within the context of the Church's social teaching. To this end MRS works with grassroots Catholic networks across the US to promote fair immigration and refugee policies, advocates for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, engages in the fight against human trafficking, develops initiatives aimed at educating Catholics on the Church's teaching on migration, and assists the U.S. Catholic bishops in carrying the voice of the Church to Congress and the Administration.

What We Do

Relying on a well-developed, theoretical and moral framework to inform their policy perspective, MRS pursues advocacy efforts through a number of different concrete avenues. These include:

  • The development and distribution of policy position papers that highlight areas of importance to the bishops that are deserving of further attention;
  • The planning and carrying out of fact finding trips to regions of the world that are experiencing political and social upheaval and which are under threat of undergoing a refugee or other migration related crisis. In recent years the bishops have taken trips to the Middle East, East Africa, and Haiti, and have published reports that provide policy proposals to address problems that they found;
  • Public statements on a range of issues related to migration and the provision of Congressional Testimony urging Congress to pass humane timely legislation that will provide needed protections to migrant populations;
  • Implementation of a wide range of national educational initiatives, including National Migration Week , that seek to change hearts and minds and challenges Catholics and other people of good faith to embrace the Church's vision on migration;
  • Involvement in a wide range of coalitions that work to realize migrant friendly legislation that provides protections for the most vulnerable among us: migrant children and women, undocumented migrants, and victims of human trafficking.
Among the coalitions that MRS/USCCB is closely involved is the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking, which consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking, and the Justice for Immigrants Campaign, which is designed to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals, and other persons of good will in support of a broad legalization program and comprehensive immigration reform.

How You Can Help

Learn more about the populations served by Migration and Refugee Services

Immigrants

Refugees

Migrant and Refugee Children

Human Trafficking Victims

Explore documents and resources which inform the Church's policy work on migration

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, / Juntos en El Camino de la Esperanza Ya No Somos Extranjeros - A joint pastoral letter from the Bishops of the United States and Mexico which integrates Scriptural and social teaching into a cohesive vision that informs the bishops' advocacy efforts. 

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us:  Unity in Diversity

Take action in solidarity with immigrants, migrants, refugees and people on the move 

Join the Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Parish Organizing Guide in Support of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Send a Post Card to Congress in Support of Compassionate and Humane Immigration Reform


DONATE NOW!

If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia, make an online donation!

For other states, make a tax-deductible contribution to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services by mail.



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