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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:
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.
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.
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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