MRS Mission Statement
Migration and Refugee Services carries out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, and other forced migrants, immigrants, and other people on the move. Special concern is given to the most vulnerable among these populations, such as, but not limited to, minors unaccompanied by parents or adult guardians and the victims of human trafficking. This commitment is rooted in the Gospel mandate that every person is to be welcomed by the disciple as if he or she were Christ Himself and in the right of every human being to pursue, without constraint, the call to holiness.
Migration and Refugee Services contributes to this commitment by:
- Assisting the bishops in the development and advocacy of policy positions at the national and international levels that address the needs and conditions of these populations.
- Engaging in educational efforts designed to influence public, particularly Catholic, attitudes toward these populations and to create a welcoming and supportive Church in the United States.
- Anticipating, providing, and arranging critical services to these populations in collaboration with government, Catholic partners, and other allied organizations.
Approved by the USCCB Committee on Migration June 11, 2008
Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging.