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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Recent Letters & Statements

CCUSA joins with USCCB/MRS expressing concern over EOIR Fee Review

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) respectfully submitted  comments on the proposed Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Fee Review, published on February 28, 2020. We are concerned about the proposed fee changes in the published notice and request that EOIR withdraw these proposals …

CCUSA Summary of the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2 trillion comprehensive package represents Congress’ third attempt to respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and contains numerous investments that will help those served by Catholic Charities agencies. CCUSA has prepared …

CCUSA joins USCCB, CHA and CLINIC in urging DHS to remove barriers to care during COVID-19 pandemic

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) joins the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), in urging DHS and its components to remove barriers to healthcare access so that immigrants may safely comply with government recommendations during this global …

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

Declare a jubilee: Pandemic is time to forgive debts, cardinal suggests

“Could the coronavirus-19 crisis lead to a jubilee?” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle wondered out loud during a Mass livestreamed from the Pontifical Philippine College in Rome. Preaching March 29 about the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Cardinal Tagle looked at a variety of ways people can be in “tombs” and in …

Catholic Charities and federal government work together to serve communities affected by disasters

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), at the request of Cynthia Colbert, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (CCAGH), convened a meeting between CCAGH and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and Federal Emergency Management Agency Partners (FEMA) in order to discuss how faith-based organizations and the federal …

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