“I would like to point out that the issue of migration is not simply one of numbers, but of persons, each with his or her own history, culture, feelings and aspirations.” — Pope Francis
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is committed to helping families by serving the poor and vulnerable, including immigrants from all walks of life.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions began implementing what he called a “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants arriving in the U.S. without visa. Many of these migrants are from Central America, primarily Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, fleeing violence and seeking asylum in the U.S.
Many of them came as family units with children with them. Under the “Zero Tolerance” policy, children are separated from their parents by Customs and Border Patrol/ICE.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has a relationship with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to house children of refugee families. We provide care, nurturing and love to these displaced children through St. Michael's Homes for Children and the St. Jerome Emiliani’s International Foster Care and Group Home. Our primary program goal is family reunification, and the safety and care of our children come first in our program.
The St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance is also helping to provide legal assistance to immigrant families that have been separated at the U.S./Mexico border and are detained in the Houston area.
You can contact the elected official in your area and voice your opinions and concerns to end this practice of separating families. Search for your local representative here.
Please pray for the end of this practice of separating children from their parents, and for a peaceful resolution that serves immigrants with dignity.
>Prayer for immigrant children
You can help by making a gift to enable Catholic Charities to assist these children while they are in our care and to help us reunite them with their families. Your support also enables the attorneys at our Cabrini Center to help these immigrant families with legal assistance, provide calling cards for parents to contact their children, and toys to provide children comfort.
Pro bono attorneys are vital to the Cabrini Center's ability to provide high-quality immigration legal services to the Houston community. If you are interested in volunteering as a pro bono attorney, please email ProBono@CatholicCharities.org, and complete the Pro Bono Attorney application.
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HOST A COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION EVENT
Faithful Citizenship calls for us to exercise our rights and duties as participants in our democracy, and part of being a faithful citizen is becoming educated on laws and issues impacting our communities.
If you are interested in learning more about immigration and what you can do, invite Catholic Charities to your next event! Our attorneys can provide you and your group with information about existing immigration law, current policy changes, and what you can do to become involved. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to schedule an attorney to come to your next event.
The Cabrini Center is seeking pro bono attorneys, translators/interpreters, and other volunteer assistance. > Learn More
Host an Education Event
If you are interested in learning more about immigration and what you can do, Catholic Charities attorneys can provide you and your group with information about existing immigration law, current policy changes, and what you can do to become involved. Let us answer your immigration questions and keep you informed as you practice faithful citizenship.