Trafficking, sexual slavery, child prostitution ... all are gross violations of human dignity and demand urgent attention.
Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.
Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.
The International Organization for Migration reports on the challenges faced by migrants and forcibly displaced populations in the East and Horn of Africa due to COVID-19. The following summary and link to the full report are available at ReliefWeb: https://bit.ly/2U0Nk1o
During her visit to Guatemala in early June, Vice President Kamala Harris made comments regarding migration to the southern U.S. border that sparked controversy.
This Sunday, June 20, is World Refugee Day 2021. Join us in honoring this day through action, prayer, and study.
During the crisis of the past year, refugees experienced heightened vulnerability and challenges when many countries largely closed their doors to them, including the United States. Now, as the United States begins to recover from the pandemic, it is time to push for the restoration of the United States refugee resettlement and asylum systems. Here are some resources for action, prayer, and study for World Refugee Day 2021.
Joanne Blaney, a Maryknoll lay missioner in Brazil, reflects on how small seeds of compassion sown can bear abundant fruit.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration's announcement that it would designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for 18 months.
Maryknoll lay missioner Heidi Cerneka, an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, shared with us her perspective on the root causes of the current situation at the border and the most critical next steps for protecting the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.
Take action to ensure that all U.S. residents are able to receive pandemic relief regardless of their immigration status.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following statement regarding several adjustments to border policy made by the Biden administration in its first week.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following statement on September 15, 2020, regarding the Ninth Circuit Court's decision to allow for the termination of TPS for four countries.
Take action: Urge Congress to ensure the Trump administration restores the U.S. refugee program for FY2021.
- Border Action Network
- Christian Campaign for Immigration Reform
- Forced Migration Online
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Human Trafficking
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Migrant Workers
- Humane Borders
- International Organization for Migration
- Justice for Immigrants
- Migration Information Source
- Migration Policy Institute
- No More Deaths campaign
- Refugees International
- U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration: A chronology
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants