The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services Department is a well-recognized, historic leader in helping Haitians who make their way to the United States. Since 1995, MRS' Cuban and Haitian program has served almost 200,000 clients, over 9,000 in 2011 alone. MRS also assisted 18 unaccompanied Cuban and Haitian minors, a particularly vulnerable group.
After a massive earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in January 2010, and claimed at least 300,000 lives, five MRS affiliated diocesan agencies in Houston, Phoenix, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Orlando provided critical medical services and other support to medical evacuees to the US to 157 people, including 43 children. All agencies remain active providing follow-up services to these clients as many of them continue to face health problems. Many also have difficulties adapting to a new life because of challenges like unemployment, uncertainty about their immigration statuses, and little hope of being reunited with their loved ones left behind in Haiti.
Help Migration and Refugee Services to continue to provide a lifeline to our Haitian sisters and brothers by making a contribution to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services.