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The 2014 National Migration Conference (NMC) is a gathering hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/ MRS), the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA).
The National Migration Conference is intended to build the capacity of the Catholic Church and society to advance the life and dignity of the human person in our work with immigrants, migrants, refugees, unaccompanied migrant children, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people on the move.
*All events take place in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel grand ballroom, unless otherwise noted.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Monday, July 7
|4pm||Opening Liturgy |
St. Patrick’s Church
The Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Archbishop of Washington, DC) and will feature music from the St. Camillus Multicultural Choir.
|6pm||Opening Reception and Keynote Address|
(back at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel)
The keynote address will be delivered by Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga (Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and President of Caritas Internationalis).
Tuesday, July 8
|9am|| Government Panel|
|10am||Live stream from Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya)|
Address from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
|8pm||Movie Night |
Film Screening of Children in No Man’s Land. Discussion before and after the film with the film’s director, Anayansi Prado, and participants from the 2013 Bishops’ Trip to Central America.
Wednesday, July 9
Fernando Pizarro- Univision
Francis X. Rocca- Catholic News Service
|6pm-10pm||Grand Bazaar: Celebrating Success in Service to Others|
A multicultural celebration! Featuring: food from around the world, a marketplace of vendors who support vulnerable populations with a portion of their proceeds, and performances by professional dance troupes. Manyang Reath Kher, a former “Lost Boy” from Sudan, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Thursday, July 10
|10am||Advocacy Day Prayer Service|
Upper Park D (Senate)
200 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Over 300 participants will gather on the Senate steps to pray for immigration reform before they meet with their local representatives to advocate for the issue.
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