July 7-10, 2014

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. 

Registration is still open!

Here are just some of the week's events*

*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
619 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Archbishop of Washington, DC) and will feature music from the St. Camillus Multicultural Choir.

 6pmOpening 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
  • Anne Richard - Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Shelly Pitterman - UNHCR Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean
  • Eskinder Negash - Director for Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
 10amLive stream from Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya)
Address from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
 8pmMovie 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

 9amMedia Panel
Fernando Pizarro-  Univision
Francis X. Rocca- Catholic News Service
 6pm-10pmGrand 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

 10amAdvocacy 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.