This year’s theme: ‘In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service’
Participants will address challenges faced by refugees, migrants, trafficking victims
Will unite in prayer, advocacy for immigration reform
WASHINGTON—Registration for the 2014 National Migration Conference is already well underway. The conference is scheduled for July 7-10, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The event is organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS).
With the theme “In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service,” the conference will focus on the Catholic Church’s response to the challenges and hardships refugees, immigrants, migrants, trafficking victims, and other persons on the move face in the United States and throughout the world. One of the primary goals is to increase public awareness on migration questions and to educate public policymakers and those interested in related migration issues. The conference also aims to develop and strengthen diocese and parish capacity to welcome and provide hospitality to newcomers and their families.
“There is a very real possibility that Congress could pass immigration reform this year. This summer’s National Migration Conference gives us a real opportunity to stimulate that conversation,” said Ambassador Johnny Young, executive director of USCCB/MRS, on the timeliness of the conference.
Speakers and guests include Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington; Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department; award-winning documentary filmmaker Anayansi Prado; and the St. Camillus Multicultural Choir. In addition, a panel representing three U.S. government and international agencies – the Department of Health and Human Services/ Office of Refugee Resettlement; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and the Department of State/ Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration – will highlight their important role in refugee resettlement.