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Migration And Refugee Services


Refugees Welcome! Resettlement Emergency Fund

The plight of refugees is a core concern for us. Providing critical resettlement support and assistance are key elements to successfully integrating refugees into American life. There are more than 65 million forcibly displaced people right now and in today's climate many refugees are left with a sense of uncertainty of their future. Please donate to our Refugees Welcome! Emergency Resettlement Fund - which will help provide emergency resettlement services for newly-arrived refugees.

Catholic Social Teaching and Responsibility to Refugees and Migrants

Today tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters of all faiths,
races, ethnicities, and cultures are still confronting adversity and
persecution all around the world—victims of:

“Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome, and belonging.”

  • Political turmoil
  • Human trafficking
  • Religious prejudice
  • Economic chaos
  • Famine and blight

Migration and Refugee Services plays an important role every day to actively address these causes of forced migration. We invite you to partner with us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of the multitudes trapped in cruel governmental regimes, unending poverty, human trafficking, and in refugee camps all over the world.

Quotes on Catholic social teaching and responsibility to refugees and migrants


National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services

The rights of migrants, refugees and immigrants begin with our Catholic Social Teaching of welcoming the newcomer. The National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services provides funds to help recently arrived refugees and other migrants who are faced with an emergency or crises--burying a family member, temporary help with unanticipated expenses, help in finding employment, etc.

If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online now.  To make a donation from another state go to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services webpage.

Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) to aid in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The political and humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to be of serious concern for the Catholic Church and the bishops of the United States. In the past five years, at least four million Syrians have fled their country as a consequence of the civil war and the rise of ISIS. Most have fled to surrounding countries, and many others have moved on to Europe with the hope of finding a place of peace and safety. Reflecting Christ's call to welcome the stranger, it is imperative that we help to provide a place of welcome to vulnerable refugee populations, with particular attention given to the ongoing crisis in Syria.  

The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program strengthens the dioceses and parishes' ability to welcome refugees from all over the world.  Its main focus is to encourage parishes to make an ongoing and organized commitment to working with refugees in partnership with the resettlement program of the diocese.  In response to the growing crisis, the POWR program will assist in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Please consider helping POWR during this needed time. Your support will provide long-term assistance locally to all refugees, like the Syrian refugees, by giving them the vital resources they need to keep safe, healthy, and secure.  

If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online now. To make a donation from another state, please return this donation form to the address indicated.  

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Catholic Fund against Human Trafficking

On January 1, 2015, Pope Francis recognized  the World Day of Peace with the theme:   "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters." In alignment with this message, we invite you to answer Pope Francis' call to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person and join our efforts to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking by making a personal commitment and financial contribution  to fight human trafficking.

Help us in our fight against human trafficking by making a contribution.  If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia, donate onlineIf in another state, please go to the Catholic Fund against Human Trafficking.

Border Crisis and Unaccompanied Children

The Unaccompanied Children's Fund provides assistance to the growing number of unaccompanied children entering into the United States without vital resources or support. As many of these children are escaping violence, gang recruitment, abuse, and poverty, this fund provides direct support to approximately 80% of the unaccompanied-migrant children released from federal immigration custody to their sponsors in the United State without case management services.  Many of the children assisted have been separated from their families for years and have endured significant trauma either in their home countries or during their journey to the United States. Each donation made to the Unaccompanied Children's Fund provides direct services to these vulnerable children including family reunification services, vital family preservation, and referrals to medical, mental health, educational, and legal services.

If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC you can donate online now.  To make a donation from another state, please return this form.

Passing on Hope

Passing on Hope is a program designed specifically for refugees to help fellow refugees.  These funds are used for a variety of purposes, including supplementing government programs administered by USCCB--Migration and Refugee Services.

If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online now.  To make a donation from another state go to the Passing on Hope webpage.

Bequests, Planned Giving, Transfer of Stocks or other Assets

Consider a bequest, planned gift, or transfer of stock. For additional information, please contact Resource Development at 202-541-3064 or

We reserve the right to decline donations under certain circumstances. All donations will be considered and processed in the District of Columbia. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an organization with 501(c)(3) status. Contributions are deductible as provided by law.

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