The USCCB Committee on Migration as well as Catholic organizations and leaders expressed deep concern about the historically low number of refugee resettlements reported over the last six months.
An International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) program that aims to protect vulnerable women and children has been named as an example of socially innovative responses to the needs of refugees and migrants.
The President, Governing Committee, Secretary General and Staff of the International Catholic Migration Commission share greetings of hope, peace, and light with ICMC members, partners, and supporters.
Members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction have vowed to strengthen efforts to eliminate sexual abuse within their organizations and areas of operation.
Let us not regress on current achievements, but instead move forward by deploying the necessary means – civil society organizations ask States negotiating the new international agreement on migration. “What is at stake in these negotiations is to make sure we do not regress on existing good practices and international human rights instruments, but build upon the diversity of mechanisms already in place across the globe,” said a group of civil society organizations in a joint statement issued on 13 March.
“I would like to reaffirm that the cause of this organization is the cause of Christ himself,” said His Holiness Pope Francis, addressing the Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission at the Vatican today.
From Australia to Bangladesh and Uganda to Brazil, Catholic agencies are actively striving to rise to the challenges of serving migrants and refugees around the world, Council participants hear.
The emerging Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees offer key advocacy opportunities for civil society and Church organizations committed to assisting migrants and refugees around the world, agree experts.
The Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission has elected Dr. Anne Therese Gallagher as the Commission’s President. The Council also appointed a 14-member Governing Committee and ratified its Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo.
The Gospel vision regarding migrants “requires a culture of encounter, accompaniment, dialogue, and hospitality, and increasingly of resistance to hostile forces: it requires love as part of the establishment of justice.”