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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the world, and is one of two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle unaccompanied refugee children. MRS serves as a leader in the protection of unaccompanied, refugee, and immigrant children by providing family reunification and foster care services. MRS has served unaccompanied children through culturally-appropriate programs nationwide since 1980.
Specializing in the intersection between migration and child welfare, MRS/Children's Services provides operational and consultative services. Our national staff provides the following services:
Visit our program pages below to learn more about what we do.
Help our Unaccompanied Refugee and Migrant Children programs by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Unaccompanied Children's Fund. If you are in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, make your donation online. Residents of other states should return the donation form. Please contact MRSDevelopment@usccb.org with any questions on making a contribution to MRS.
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.
Information on Syrian Refugees
Child Victims of Human Trafficking
The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.: Factors in Successful Integration
Testimony of Kristyn Peck to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Surge at the Southern Border
Written testimony of William Canny on the Adequacy of ORR Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children
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