CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Recent Letters & Statements

CCUSA comments on rule-making regarding detention of migrant children and their families

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) urges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, to either withdraw the proposed rule entitled “Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Minors” (DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-002) or to revise the rule so as to mirror the requirements agreed upon in the Flores Agreement. Read …

Catholic Charities USA advocates for final Farm Bill that strengthens SNAP

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, joined leaders of other Christian organizations as members of the “Circle of Protection” in urging members of Congress to pass a final Farm Bill that does not reduce SNAP funding or the number of people who receive SNAP food assistance. Read the full …

CCUSA president urges increase in FY2019 refugee admissions to the US

In a letter to President Trump, Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA, asked the president to take into consideration the plight of the more than 65 million refugees seeking humanitarian assistance and urged him to increase the number to be admitted into the United States through the Presidential Determination …

Why We Do It

Guided by our faith and our mission, we are called to serve those in need and to advocate for justice in social structures.   Pope Francis reminds us, “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics.”  Therefore, we have a responsibility to engage in advocacy and share the history and experience of serving those in need that the Catholic Charities’ ministry provides.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part…”


Helping Lonely Seniors

Bettie has been a widow for 22 years and has struggled with profound loneliness. “It’s just my home and my dog,” she explained. However, as a participant in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Senior Companion Program, Bettie’s situation has improved dramatically. The Senior Companion Program offers adults ages 55 and older the opportunity to support …

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

JAMES 2:15-16