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Advocacy and Policy

Catholic Charities USA is guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching and adheres to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

In assessing public policy and legislation, we rely on the principles found in our faith's rich tradition of working for charity and justice, advocating for the inherent dignity of every human being, and calling for the preferential option for the poor.

Any action that impacts the lives of people, especially the poor and marginalized, is a moral action. We call on our policymakers and elected officials to consider the common good in all they do, and invite all people of good will to join us. Our founding charter calls on us to serve as “the attorney for the poor.” It is this role that we endeavor to live out every day.

Our Areas of Legislative Focus


CCUSA believes education and skills training are essential to the long term success of our...

CCUSA has a special commitment to speak out for populations that are often marginalized from...

Our nation’s social safety net is largely unchanged since the War on Poverty was launched...

CCUSA supports comprehensive immigration reform that not only protects our border, but also establishes a...

CCUSA believes that it is unacceptable in a nation as bountiful as ours that children,...

CCUSA knows that the home is the foundation of helping families achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Catholic...

Special attention must be paid to the basic health needs of the poor and marginalized....

Everyone must have the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. The family...

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