Resources and Information on Refugees

Information about President Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees How will President Trump’s Executive Order affect refugees in America? English Spanish Arabic Know Your Rights: Catholic Charities, in partnership with The Metropolitan Organization, created these videos for immigrants on how to handle interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers: What to do if ICE comes to […]

Show refugees that America is a welcoming country

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston launched an emergency appeal focused exclusively on aiding refugees already in the United States. In light of recent actions by the Trump Administration with regards to refugees, we anticipate that funding for our refugee programs will be significantly reduced in the coming months. With your gift, you will […]

Catholic organizations respond to immigration policies

In regards to President Donald Trump’s announcements on immigration, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, and Catholic Charities USA released the following statements: USCCB Committee On Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee And Immigrant Families WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order […]

Share Your Blessings Helps Family of Nine Enjoy Christmas

Esperance Chibalonza and her family of nine arrived in the U.S. in July 2015 after fleeing violence in the Congo, arriving with her three daughters and her deceased sister’s four children. Coming to the U.S. was difficult enough, but Esperance and her family had nothing, and finding work was difficult because she has no formal […]

Vice President Tapped to Join Sheriff’s Transition Team

Wafa Abdin, Vice President of Immigrant and Refugee Services, was appointed to the newly-elected Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez’s Transition Team, where she will represent the work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Transition Team is comprised of high-level local community leaders, including Rabbi Samuel Karff, Mustafa Tameez, along with former Catholic […]

From Refugee Camp to College Graduate – Lucy’s Story

After the death of her father in 1997 Lucy’s family fled the violence in Rwanda hoping to find a better life in Zambia. Upon their arrival in Zambia, Lucy and her mother, two brothers, and two sisters were accepted into the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) program to receive assistance and protection. They […]

Catholic Church Commits to Ongoing Work for Refugees

Below is a press release from the Texas Catholic Conference (View original release) AUSTIN — Catholic charitable and social services will continue to work with other nonprofits serving refugees in Texas, as the state government announced its intention to step away from its role. Speaking on behalf of two dozen Catholic organizations and his fellow […]

World Refugee Day Voices: Meet those who came to Houston

Houston has led refugee resettlement nationally for the last several years, welcoming more refugees than any other city in the United States. Every year, there are approximately 2,500 refugees from all over the world that resettle in the greater Houston area. In honor of World Refugee Day on June 18, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese […]