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Migration and Refugee Services



Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging.

—Migration and Refugee Services Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.

—Approved by the USCCB Committee on Migration November 10, 2013




Who We Are

The Bishops' Committee on Migration sets broad policies and direction for the Church's work in the area of migration. The Committee oversees and provides guidance to Migration and Refugee Services, which is comprised of five offices, including the Office of the Executive Director, the Office of Management and Administration and several policy and program offices:

Office of Special Programs

What We Do

The above MRS offices represent the bishops' interests in policy formulation and communication, advocacy, education, refugee resettlement, and other specialized services to at risk and vulnerable populations, such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. The Committee actively promotes the U.S. bishops' migration-related interests with public policy-makers at the national and international levels. Committee members and MRS staff periodically testify before Congress and meet with Administration officials to advocate the bishops' positions. Among the high priority policy concerns of the Committee is refugee protection and finding durable solutions to their plight. In this context the Committee occasionally arranges site visits to refugee areas of the world to witness the conditions of the refugees and to call for adequate responses on the part of the international community.

refugeesHow You Can Help

Residents of New York, Florida, and Washington, DC can donate online.  Others may donate by going to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services.

Click here for more information on the Syrian refugee crisis and how you can help. 
Learn more about the populations served by Migration and Refugee Services

Contact Migration and Refugee Services – 202-541-3352

Bishops' Statements on Comprehensive Immigration Reform


MyMembership is for diocesan staff working in partnership with USCCB/MRS to provide services to refugees and migrants and others on the move.  It provides program-specific information, resources, and trainings as well as broader resources to support this ministry. Login here.

MRS Refugee Research Blog

How are refugees doing after 10 years? What is the economic contribution of refugees to America? Which aspects of existing refugee services are most relevant to increasing a newcomer's integration success? If you are trying to find refugee data in an easily digestible form, you may wish to go to the new Refugee Research Blog recently launched by the MRS Program Advancement and Evaluation Unit.

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