Justice for Immigrants

Migration Refugee Service


USCCB/MRS Response Toolkit:
On Syrian Refugees and the Attacks in Paris

Dear Colleagues,

In light of the recent acts of terror committed in Paris and subsequent rejection of Syrian refugee resettlement by the governors of several states, the Office of Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) has prepared the Response Toolkit below for your information and use. Please take a few minutes to carefully review this material and then discuss its content with your key staff involved in refugee resettlement, community relations, advocacy and media relations. As you review this guidance, please consider how you can utilize this information to the best advantage of Syrian refugees and the refugee resettlement program in general.
2.Talking Points: Response on Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the Wake of the Paris Attacks
3.The step-by-step comprehensive refugee screening process, which averages two years
4.Statement from Bishop Elizondo, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration
5.Statement from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Louisville, Kentucky & USCCB President
6.USCCB Statement of Solidarity
Should you have questions or concerns regarding media inquiries, please feel free to contact the USCCB/MRS Communications Manager, Christine Spadacino at cspadacino@usccb.org or
W 202-541-3064, C 917-710-2978.

With best wishes,
Richard Hogan
Director of Resettlement Services, USCCB/MRS

About the Justice for Immigrants Campaign
The primary objectives of the JFI campaign are:

• To educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public
officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants;
• To create political will for positive immigration reform;
• To enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by  the bishops; and
• To organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms.

Learn more about the JFI campaign.
Meet the coalition of members comprising the Justice for Immigrants campaign.

Excerpts from Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope, a joint statement from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, and the inspiration for the Justice for Immigrants campaign.
Catholic Social Teaching regarding migration.
See more at: http://justiceforimmigrants.org/about-us.shtml#sthash.64BeX1s2.dpuf