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Even in the turbulent world of immigration justice, it was highly unusual when the Manhattan offices of Catholic Charities Immigrant & Refugee Services was sent scores of notices for court hearings involving people who had never entered the main offices of Catholic Charities. Besides, those kinds of notices are usually sent...
Who sent them remains shrouded in mystery. Some say the governors of Texas and Arizona. Others point to U.S. Immigration, or maybe it’s a combination. All Alissa Tyghter-Gerald, Division Director of Community and Outreach Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, knows is that they keep...
Hundreds of migrants from the southern border arrived in July at Catholic Charities offices in the Bronx and Manhattan. Many came to New York hungry, tired, and in need of the basics of human dignity at the height of a sweltering summer. Catholic Charities has responded with food, water, and information...
Monique Myers directs a summer employment program with 2,000 city youths through Alianza, a Catholic Charities agency in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. They come with varying degrees of hopes, anxieties and determination. Monique knows what that is like. She’s been with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) ever since 2013...
One day it can be a call from a formerly-prominent disco producer at a prestigious Manhattan address who has landed on hard times and is in danger of being evicted. Or a family in the Bronx needs to navigate the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), as they have fallen...
They came, they saw and were transformed. That’s how Pedro Mejias, Assistant Director for Catholic Charities Community Services, noted how 34 young people from the Bronx and Manhattan reacted to the trip they took to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. on June 20. Most were...
Catholic Charities Immigrant & Refugee Services will celebrate World Refugee Day at an outdoor Community Arts Festival in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, 58 Seventh Avenue. The festival will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. World Refugee Day, first held in 2001, is designated by the United Nations to honor all...
Immigration & Refugee Services of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has been selected as one of four lead agencies by the U.S. government to coordinate the resettlement of Ukraine refugees in the metropolitan area. The agency has also been awarded $220,000 from the New York City Mayor’s Office...
It’s a birthday celebration that includes a slice of anxiety. As advocates for immigrants recently marked the 10th anniversary of DACA, they recognized that those who benefit from its provisions continue to work jobs and raise families without confidence in the future. DACA –which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – temporarily spares...
I write on the sensitive, difficult, and painful topic of the Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all states.  Given the importance, personal nature, and the deep divides surrounding this issue it is not surprising that the previously leaked draft and this decision...
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