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The migrants came, some as early as 4 a.m. the Saturday morning of Nov. 19, five hours before the doors opened to the basement of historic St. Teresa’s Church on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Most had arrived from Venezuela, some in the summer via buses launched...
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She didn’t say a word because she can’t. But being 12-foot-tall, Little Amal didn’t have to make noise to attract attention on the sidewalks of midtown and inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sept. 18. Thousands of worshipers leaving Mass and tourists swarmed all over her. Her massive hands reached out...
Immigrants and Refugees
Catholic Charities is seeking help from parishioners in the archdiocese to assist more than 1,000 asylum seekers with food, clothing, shelter, legal assistance and other needs. Parishioners have been asked to contribute essential items for the migrants such as shoes, socks, underwear, baby items and clothing for children. Church bulletin...
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Most of his fellow Venezuelan migrants to New York City over the past month are tight-lipped, holding stories of hardship both from home and on their perilous journey. Fernando, 40, is an exception. He won’t give his last name, for fear of persecution from the government back in his home country, but he’s quite willing to...
Immigrants and Refugees
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, members of Catholic Charities’ case management and immigration divisions, and some recently arrived migrants greeted members of the local and national media on Aug. 16 to discuss the surge of asylum seekers arriving in New York City by the busload from Texas and Arizona—most...
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Fredricka Whitfield interviews Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the New York Archdiocese, about the recent influx of migrants being bussed to New York City from Texas at the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan discusses pivoting to meet the needs of these asylum seekers, highlighting...
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Every working day, Betty Gomez hears stories about human misery. It’s part of the life of a caseworker at Catholic Charities, but Betty takes it in stride, even during times of crises. One of those times is this summer, as a recent wave of desperate migrants show up at the...
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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...
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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...
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They call her Mama. In a conference room at Catholic Charities headquarters in midtown Manhattan, Mariana Duenas, a Catholic Charities caseworker convenes a group of 13 Venezuelan migrants joined around a set of tables. It’s 11 a.m. on July 28, and they are among the dozens who will filter...
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