Immigration and Refugee Services

"You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21

Our Efforts

Catholic Charities welcomes refugees and immigrants to our country, seeing them as brothers and sisters, and member agencies help them get settled in their new homes and communities.

Our Approach

Catholic Charities has been providing services to immigrants and refugees for more than 100 years. We help them to overcome barriers that impede their adjustment to life in the United States. Catholic Charities agencies:

  1. Help refugees resettle in this country by providing interpreter services, employment training, job placement and counseling services.

  2. Offer legal immigration services to clients with family-based cases and with applications for legal residence, deferred action for childhood arrivals, and citizenship.

  3. Offer immigrants and refugees a full spectrum of community services: emergency assistance, childcare, after school programs, senior services, and housing.

Approach to Advocacy

The Catholic Charities network joins the Catholic Church in the United States in calling for meaningful and compassionate immigration legislation that allows families to remain intact, provides worker protections and addresses the plight of children of undocumented immigrants. Catholic Charities USA urges action to provide legal means for migrants to enter our nation to work and a path to citizenship for those already here and living in the shadows.

The Impact

With the many supportive services offered by Catholic Charities agencies, refugees and immigrants find homes and jobs. They learn how to speak English and how to navigate our U.S. systems. They go to school, launch businesses, build assets and become contributing citizens.

Share the Journey

On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched the “Share the Journey” campaign, which runs through September 2019. The focus is twofold: to raise awareness of displaced persons and to promote opportunities for migrants and communities to share stories and strengthen bonds. Catholic Charities agencies are engaged in the campaign not only by spreading the word but also by continuing to welcome newcomers and to help them settle in their new home. 

To hear about the journey of a newcomer, click on his or her name:

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  • 370K Immigration Services

  • 19,848 Refugees Achieved Self-Sufficiency

  • 63K Refugee Services