FY 2022 Appropriations Letter

As Congress begins the appropriations process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, many committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are engaging in appropriations matters under their purview, including through funding that supports the poor, migrants and refugees, environmental protection, healthcare, housing, nutrition, and other safety net programs that help people meet their most basic needs. Together, these views represent the wide breadth of concern of the bishops in the budget and appropriations process. Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, has requested the support of Congress for our funding priorities with respect to programs that are crucial for immigrants, refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, survivors of torture and victims of human trafficking.

Mission Statement

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.

Who We Are

The 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:

What We Do

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.


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