Public Statements

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

“The annual meeting of world diplomats at the United Nations in New York this week is an 
important reminder of the call to solidarity that is at the heart of the work of Catholic Charities.

Each year, we serve individuals and families from over 100 nations across the world, seeking to 
provide help and create hope for a better life.  It is a privilege and a responsibility we embrace. 
We see the persecutions, fears, threats, and lack of opportunity many have faced in the countries 
they have fled, and their frustration and grief.  We also see the hopes and aspirations they seek to
fulfill in the United States. Current crises at the borders of the United States are a sad reminder 
that, as a nation, we have permitted divisiveness and polarization to prevent us from 
comprehensively reforming our immigration and refugee systems.  As difficult as it seems, we 
cannot abandon the pursuit of generous and fair policies that serve the best interests of our 
country and those immigrants seeking safety and opportunity here.   We must continue to act 
humanely with particular concern, now, for the thousands from Haiti and Afghanistan 
desperately seeking a better life in the United States.  Catholic Charities is prepared to do our 
part to aid them.”