IMMIGRANT AND HUMANITARIAN AID
Catholic Relief Services
Founded in 1943 by the U.S. Bishops, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community. Focusing on innovative programs in agriculture, health and emergency response, CRS partners with communities and other church institutions around the world to address urgent needs, while developing solutions to help vulnerable people survive and thrive long term.
CRS’ mission is grounded in Catholic values, which call to foster compassion and dignity among the world’s most marginalized people. In the U.S., CRS helps Catholics in parishes, dioceses and schools live their faith through tangible programs and activities that promote human dignity and respond to human needs around the world.
- CRS reached nearly 85 million beneficiaries in 101 countries in FY 2014.
- CRS had $651 million total operating expenses in FY 2014.
- Some 92% of the budget went to program services, and 8% to support services.
Emergency Response and Recovery
- More than 35% of CRS’ programming focuses on emergency relief. Once immediate needs for food, water and shelter are met, they move to rebuilding and reconstruction, helping people suffering from natural disasters, chronic emergencies and conflict reclaim their lives: 48 countries, 204 projects.
- CRS helps build healthy families, bringing quality care to communities with little or no access to health services of any kind. Their assistance focuses on people at greatest risk: mothers, infants and very young children. Their projects address a range of health challenges throughout life: 43 countries, 134 projects.
- 805 million people in the world go hungry every day—one-eighth of all the people on earth. Chronic hunger affects health, growth, learning and income potential, therefore, CRS offers projects that combine health care, microfinance and literacy with sustainable agriculture: 45 countries, 191 projects.
More information is available at www.crs.org.
Migration and Refugee Services (MRS)
USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is the world’s largest refugee resettlement agency. In 2014 Migration and Refugee Services provided assistance in the following categories:
- MRS resettled 20,875 individuals into 92 dioceses in the U.S.
- Largest refugee populations resettled by MRS in 2014 were Iraqi, Burmese, Bhutanese, Somali and Congolese.
- 1,700 volunteers in over 290 parishes across the United States supported MRS’ Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program, giving both their time and energy to help newly arriving refugees start a new life in the U.S.
- 1,888: The combined number of Cubans (1,817) and Haitians (71) resettled by the MRS Cuban/Haitian program office in Miami in 2014.
- Served 1,279 unaccompanied children who arrived to the United States in 2014.
- Provided foster care and shelter to 469 of these unaccompanied, migrant children.
- Reunited 640 with family members while they were undergoing immigration proceedings.
- Served 170 in Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Program – 74 newly arriving unaccompanied children who became eligible for immigration status, and 96 unaccompanied children who arrived as refugees.
- 100% of these children get access to health care and education.
- A recent government grant will allow MRS to provide legal representation to 1,248 unaccompanied children and a Child Advocate for 250 unaccompanied children.
- The Amistad Movement trained over 225 volunteers in culturally diverse communities to recognize and provide support for victims of human trafficking.
- Provided pre-employment and job readiness services to 120 survivors of human trafficking, to prepare them for employment.
Migration Policy and Public Affairs
- Released reports on Syrian refugees, Refuge & Hope in the Time of ISIS and on the U.S. immigrant detention system, Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System.
- The Justice for Immigrants campaign sent 25,000 postcards and letters to Congress that voiced opposition to migrant family detention and called for the development of more humane alternatives.
- Major 2014 events included the Border Mass (on the U.S.- Mexico border), Mass on the Hill (Capitol Hill), and the National Migration Conference Advocacy Day, with hundreds of attendees at each.
More information is available at https://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/ and www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)
In 1988, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established CLINIC as a legally distinct 501(c)(3) organization to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs. CLINIC's network originally comprised 17 programs. CLINIC and its affiliate agencies represent low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics.
- The network includes 260 diocesan and other affiliated immigration programs with more than 300 field offices in 47 states.
- The network employs roughly 1,200 Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives and attorneys who, in turn, serve hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants each year.
- CLINIC represents more than 170 dioceses and religious communities that bring foreign-born priests, sisters, seminarians and religious laypersons to the United States each year.
- CLINIC’s programs have helped more than 100,000 people apply for citizenship, helped approximately 12,000 refugees and asylees apply for green cards and have provided immigrants with over 15,000 hours of English language instruction.
More information is available at www.cliniclegal.org.
Pastoral Care of Migrants Refugees and Travelers
The Catholic Church's concern for people on the move expresses itself primarily in a ministry of pastoral accompaniment. Clergy, men and women religious, and lay leaders are involved in national, diocesan and parish efforts to provide pastoral outreach to people on the move. They are linked to the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church/Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (PCMRT) in collaboration with national Catholic organizations devoted to providing for the pastoral needs to people on the move wherever they work and travel in the United States.
- Pastoral outreach to people on the move include airport workers and travelers, seaport workers and cruise ship employees and travelers, race car circuit workers, migrant farm workers, circus and carnival workers, and gypsies.
- Airport Chaplaincy in Collaboration with the National Conference of Catholic Airport Chaplains (NCCAC) in 28 dioceses.
- Apostleship of the Sea (AOS): 79 chaplains and pastoral team in 50 dioceses.
- Migrant Farm Workers in Collaboration with the Catholic Migrant Farmworkers Network (CMFN): 127 diocesan contacts—mostly Hispanic ministry directors and leaders of migrant and rural groups.
- Circus and Traveling Show Ministries in Collaboration with the Circus and Traveling Show Ministries Organization: 27 chaplains and pastoral teams.
- PCMRT is also responsible for collaborating with race car drivers; horse racing workers; bull riders; gypsies; Irish travelers; truckers/truck stop ministry; and tourism, including the national parks, tourist centers, and workers in the tourism industry.
Pastoral Care of Migrant Refugees and Travelers reaches out to communities of recent immigrants through local parish ministries. These Cultural/Ethnic Communities include:
- 19 African communities: Burundian, Cameroonian, Congolese, Cape Verdean, Equatorial, Eritrean and Ethiopian, Ghanaian, Guinean, Ivoirian, Kenyan, Liberian, Nigerian, Rwandan, Sierra Leonese, Sudanese, Tanzanian, Ugandan, Zairean, Zambian.
- 9 Caribbean communities: Belizean, Dominican, Grenadian, Guyanan, Haitian, Jamaican, Santa Lucian, Trinidadian, and Tobagonian.
- 12 European communities: Croatian, Czech, French, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian.
More information available at https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/pastoral-care-of-migrants-refugees-and-travelers/index.cfm