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!
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Janet Murguia

National Council of La Raza
CEO and President
Janet Murguia is currently the CEO and President of the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States.  NCLR partners with Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing, As its President, Ms. Murguia advocates for the Latino community and often testifies before Congress on issues affecting the community including education, health care, immigration reform, civil rights and the economy.  Murguia has a long history of work in the public sector. She served as deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton in the White House and is currently on several nonprofit boards, including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She was named to People en Espanol's "100 Most Influential Hispanics," and Washingtonian magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington."  Ms. Murguia is a member of the Honorary Committee for Migration and Refugee Services 50th Anniversary.