This week the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced the dates for their 2014 National Migration Conference. Set for July 7-10 and organized by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the theme for this year’s event is “In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service,” and will address the many challenges faced by refugees, immigrants and trafficking victims, among other migrant groups. Not only is this topic an important one on which our network has been regularly engaged, it is also particularly timely as legislation on immigration reform remains before Congress. In a joint press release issued this week, CCUSA President Father Larry Snyder further emphasized why this upcoming discussion is so important, “Migrants, refugees, trafficking victims – all vulnerable populations – are our fellow brothers and sisters and are equal in the eyes of God,” Fr. Snyder said. “We should not treat them as an underclass not worthy of the protection of our laws, and that’s why we must stand up for them.”
We look forward to attending this important event, and hope you can follow the conference discussion on social media.