2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Although the Catholic Church has welcomed newcomers since the very founding of our nation, since 1965 alone MRS has assisted over 1 million refugees to begin new lives in the United States through its nationwide network of affiliated partner agencies.  In more recent years, MRS has greatly expanded its service network to respond to the plight of thousands of unaccompanied children and victims of human trafficking.  MRS has also been a leading advocate for fair and just policies, both nationally and internationally, that serve to protect and uphold the fundamental rights of migrants, immigrants, refugees, human trafficking victims, and other vulnerable persons on the move.  

Please join  us on November 19th, to help Migration and Refugee Services celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

Featured Speakers

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Ambassador Thomas Shannon

U.S. Department of State
Counselor of the Department
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Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Deputy Secretary
avatar for His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl

His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl

Archbishop of Washington; Honorary Chairman of MRS' 50th Anniversary...


avatar for Aden Batar

Aden Batar

Catholic Community Services of Salt Lake City
Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director
avatar for William Canny

William Canny

Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Executive Director
avatar for Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio

Diocese of Brooklyn
avatar for Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo

Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo

Archdiocese of Seattle
Auxiliary Bishop
avatar for Beth Ferris

Beth Ferris

Georgetown University
Senior Fellow
avatar for Simon Henshaw

Simon Henshaw

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
avatar for Don Kerwin

Don Kerwin

Center for Migration Studies
Executive Director
avatar for Janet Murguia

Janet Murguia

National Council of La Raza
CEO and President
avatar for Esther Olavarria

Esther Olavarria

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Deputy Assistant Secretary
avatar for Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ

Humanitarian Crisis Relief Center, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Executive Director
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Ericka Santoyo Ramirez

College Student
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C. Mario Russell

Immigrant and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York
avatar for Fr. Rick Ryscavage, SJ

Fr. Rick Ryscavage, SJ

Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield University
avatar for Frank Sharry

Frank Sharry

America's Voice
Executive Director and Founder
avatar for Wendy Young

Wendy Young

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)