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Migration and Refugee Services Offices

Office of the Executive Director

Bill Canny, Executive Director
(202) 541-3169

The MRS Office of the Executive Director provides overall direction to and leadership of the department and collaborates with other USCCB offices, allied Catholic organizations, and other partner agencies on special projects and initiatives designed to promote awareness of and collective responses to the plight of immigrants, migrants, refugees, trafficking victims, and people on the move.

Within the Office of the Executive Director is the Resource Development office, which solicits funds from private, institutional, and governmental sources to provide funding for things that government programs will not fund.  Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution directly to the  National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services.

Office of Management and Administration

The MRS Office of Management and Administration performs a broad range of administrative, financial, and grants management functions formulates strategic priorities, plans, and budgets and supports the USCCB Committee on Migration and MRS at large in fulfilling their joint mission.

Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs

Kevin Appleby, Director
(202) 541-3260

The MRS Office of Migration and Refugee Policy assists the bishops in the development and promotion of migration and refugee policy positions within the context of the Church's social and moral teaching; implements communication, public education/outreach and legislative strategies that foster greater advocacy, awareness, understanding, and support for the work of MRS and the vulnerable populations it serves.

Office of Resettlement Services

(Bill Canny serving as Interim Director)

The MRS Office of Resettlement Services partners with diocesan and other service offices to provide new life opportunities for refugees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, asylees, and other populations in need of resettlement.

Office of Special Programs

Nathalie Lummert, Director
(202) 541-3114

The MRS Office of Special Programs partners with diocesan and other service offices to serve special populations such as unaccompanied minor children in federal detention and victims of human trafficking. 


USCCB Committee on Migration

Most Reverend Eusebio. L. Elizondo, MSpS, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn
Most Reverend Daniel Flores, Bishop of Brownsville
Most Reverend John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Most Reverend Anthony Taylor, Bishop of Little Rock
Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange
Most Reverend John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe
Most Reverend Luis Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta

Email Us or Write to us at Migration & Refugee Services | 3211 4th Street, N.E., Washington DC 20017-1194 | (202) 541-3352

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