Public Statements

Statement by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

“Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has advocated for and worked with refugees and victims of conflict from countries around the world throughout our history.  Every year, our immigration attorneys and resettlement professionals help people from 100 different countries and five continents to make a new home in the New York metropolitan area. As a result, disasters in many different places impact our work in New York.  Currently, we are focused on the tragic crises in Haiti and Afghanistan.

“In the past five years, Catholic Charities has provided immigration assistance to more than 650 Haitians and resettled thirty-five.  During that same period, CCNY has helped resettle and provide immigration services to 39 Afghan families. Today, CCNY’s staff are processing special immigrant visas to provide refuge and a safe haven for Afghan individuals who cooperated with and assisted the U.S., as well as their families. 

“We pray for the people of Haiti and Afghanistan in this moment of crisis. Catholic Charities is already assisting and supporting families fleeing violence and deprivation in other countries and seeking refuge in our country. We encourage all to be supportive of those impacted by these humanitarian crises. You can support this work by donating here.”