WASHINGTON—As the United Nations General Assembly holds its refugee summit in New York, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Migration & Refugee Services has released a report assessing the refugee crisis in Southeast Asia.
Alternatives to detention should be expanded
Vulnerable groups should not be detained
Role of for-profit prisons should be substantially reduced
WASHINGTON—The Central American Minors (CAM) program, a new initiative of the U.S. government which allows children in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for asylum and humanitarian parole in the United States from their home countries, is a tool that helps save children’s lives, said a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) representative, April 23.
Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) is an introductory resource for staff of development and humanitarian organizations working with people whose live and rights are threatened by disasters and climate change.
The guide provides essential introductory information, principals of effective practice, guidelines for action in a range of sectors and settings, case studies and links to useful tools and resources, for the application of an integrated, rights-based approach to disaster reduction and climate change adaptation.
Hacia la Resiliencia: Una Guía para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RRD) y Adaptación al Cambio Climático (ACC) es un recurso de carácter introductorio destinado al personal de organizaciones de desarrollo y ayuda humanitaria que trabaja con personas cuyas vidas y derechos se ven amenazados por los desastres y el cambio climático.
Vers la Resilience: Un Guide pour la Réduction des Risques de Catastrophes (RRC) et l’Adaptation au Changement Climatique (ACC) est un document d’introduction destiné au personnel des organisations humanitaires et de développement, travaillant avec les populations dont la vie et les droits sont menacés par les catastrophes et le changement climatique.
On October 6-17, Stephen M. Colecchi, director of USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace, traveled to Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania as part of an ecumenical delegation of Christian leaders sponsored by Bread for the World. This is the first of a four-part series in which Dr. Colecchi shares his experiences of Africa, where he witnessed firsthand the plight of poverty and malnutrition faced by many people, especially children.
*This report contains observations made approximately six months following the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
BALTIMORE, MD, June 13, 2011 – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are joining the call for a United States Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the entire Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. In a joint letter to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Bishop Howard J.
WASHINGTON (February 7, 2011)-In a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano February 7, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S.
WASHINGTON (January 11, 2011)-Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent a message of support to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap Haitien, president of the Bishops' Conference of Haiti, on the first anniversary of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti one year ago.
"I express the ongoing concern and support of our Conference for the Church and people of Haiti," Archbishop Dolan said.
Friday, December 10, 2010
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By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Not much has changed in the region around Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, since a magnitude 7 earthquake leveled just about anything that was standing.
In fact, it's likely the 1.5 million Haitians left homeless by the earth's movement would say things have gotten worse since the Jan.
BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) After the terrible earthquake that last January devastated Haiti and buried almost 300,000 people beneath the rubble, U.S.
USCCB Publishes Findings, Recommendations after Mission to Haiti and Haitians in Other Caribbean Nations
Plea of Haitian children especially troublesome
WASHINGTON (September 27, 2010)-Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, head of the U.S.
WASHINGTON-The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has made public the grantees for its latest funding cycle. In total, $2,777,917 was approved for distribution among 128 projects in 23 countries. Of that amount, $972,869 went to help rebuild the Church's infrastructure in earthquake ravaged Haiti and Chile.
Another $60+ million donated by individuals, groups through Catholic Relief Services
CRS now focusing on long-term reconstruction
Church in Latin America Subcommittee to help rebuild the Church in Haiti
WASHINGTON- A special Collection for Haiti in Catholic parishes nationwide has raised $58.7 million to date.
On January 13, one day after a devastating 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti's capital, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of …
From August 26-September 7, 2009, a delegation from Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (MRS/ USCCB) visited the nations of Zimbabwe and South Africa to examine the situation of refugees in those two countries, with a special focus on Zimbabwean refugees. The delegation consisted of Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Ms. Anastasia K. Brown, Director of Programs for MRS/USCCB, and Kevin Appleby, Director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs of MRS/USCCB.
WASHINGTON-A delegation of three U.S. Catholic bishops will visit Cuba on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), August 17-21. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Fla., and Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio will join Father Andrew Small, OMI, director for the Church in Latin America at the USCCB, on the journey to meet with Cuban Church leaders and visit parishes.
"We will be visiting parishes in Havana, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba," said Father Small.
Largest Resettlement Effort in United States
The Catholic Church resettled 17,823 refugees in 2008, through Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) and its network of diocesan entities, representing 30 percent of the total refugees admitted to the nation. Overall, the U.S. government admitted 60,192 refugees during the fiscal year that ended September 30.
This number represents a 31 percent increase over last year in the number of cases handled by MRS.
WASHINGTON-Testifying before Congress on behalf of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Anastasia K. Brown, director of Refugee Programs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said May 1 that the United States is 'not doing everything in its power' to avert a looming refugee crisis in the Middle East. Currently, there are an estimated two million Iraqi refugees, mostly in Jordan and Syria, and two and a half million displaced in Iraq.