Advocacy

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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World Refugee Day 2019

“[World Refugee Day] invites all to solidarity with the men, women, and children fleeing from war, persecutions, and violations of their fundamental rights. May our ecclesial and civil communities be close to them and attentive to their needs and their sufferings.”

Pope Francis

Recent Letters & Statements

CCUSA opposes the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s proposed rule eliminating the option to apply for a fee waiver based on receipt of a means-tested benefit

CCUSA  has issued a letter opposing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) proposed rule regarding eliminating the option to apply for a fee waiver based on receipt of a means-tested benefit. The proposal also includes the rescission of the current policy memorandum on fee waivers. The positive attributes produced from the fee waiver process …

Catholic Charities USA asks Office of Management and Budget to keep in mind low-income communities when assessing Official Poverty Measure

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP-USA), and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the Office of Management and Budget to consider carefully how it calculates the Official Poverty Measure. Since low-income communities must meet certain requirements to be eligible for …

CCUSA urges a shared commitment to improve our immigration process

CCUSA urges Congress to work together to strengthen and improve our nation’s migrant and refugee policies so they are welcoming, just and humane. The introduction of H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” is a strong first step in meeting our country’s shared commitment to a just immigration process. Read the full …

Why We Do It

Catholic Charities upholds the dignity of every human person

Pope Francis says, "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics." Our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need.

“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…”

DEUS CARITAS EST, NO. 28

Catholic Charities executive director appointed to Florida Senate Advisory Council

Gary Tester, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has been appointed to the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council (FBCB). His term serving on behalf of the Florida Senate begins immediately and runs through January 2023. The FBCB promotes cooperation between the State Government and Florida’s faith-based and community-based organizations in order to …

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