Teens teamed with Catholic Charities and a local club in Dutchess County to shore up food pantries that serve the hungry, reports Hudson Valley TV Network News Anchor Donna Reyer.
“After the holidays pantries get depleted so in the spring when there aren’t as many food drives that’s when we kick in here,” says Les McCarthy, a member of the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley that helped coordinate the drive.
For two weeks children and teens from eleven local elementary and high schools collected food, dropping it off for distribution at Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County. And last Saturday, March 28, 2015, they marked the campaign’s conclusion with a big celebration at St. Mary’s Church in Poughkeepsie. Former running back with the NFL Randy Kinder – also a former Notre Dame football player – attended the celebration held right after a Lenten mass.
Children who participated said they learned a lot from the experience.
“One box a day or one can a day,” says Anna Darling, an eighth grader from St. Martin de Porres High, “can really change someone’s life.”
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined three governors in filing a brief on Monday, March 23, 2015 to push back against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Catholic Charities teamed with nonprofit providers to continue to push forward, informing those who could benefit from the President’s plan about the ins and outs of administrative relief.
Immigration attorneys, social workers and fellow experts met with 300 people in the heavily Hispanic community of Port Chester in Westchester County at the Don Bosco Workers Community Center.
During the meeting Catholic Charities’ legal team provided information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Expanded DACA program.
The attorneys also cautioned attendees to stay away from individuals such as “notaries” who may charge high fees for fabricated applications for immigration status.
With so much conflict in the press and on the ground it’s easy to get confused.
Do you have immigration questions?
Call the Catholic Charities operated New Americans Hotline at
1 (800) 566-7636(NYS) (212) 413–3737 (other states).
In a special event held to bless our work with new immigrants and the central site where this work is carried out, Cardinal Timothy Dolan met, greeted and blessed staff, new immigrants and the Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services Division at its new location at 80 Maiden Lane yesterday, March 18.
The Division relocated to this downtown Manhattan site in December 2013 to accommodate Catholic Charities’ growing immigration services that respond to the expanding needs of this community. This new location — located near immigration courts, the USCIS office, colleague agencies and a transportation hub for those seeking our assistance from all parts of New York City — has proven ideal for clients and staff alike.
It allows us to serve 100s of individuals who come to us for help each month and provides space for meetings and special initiatives.
As staff shared with Cardinal Dolan, our immigration team has a lot to brag about. The team:
1. Leads the regional case management, legal and resettlement response and care for the influx of unaccompanied Central American children.
2. Helped orchestrate the successful “Terra Firma” medical-legal partnership program for unaccompanied children.
3. Mobilized a team of more than 30 lawyers and support staff to help educate more than 800 immigrants at multiple parish and community centers in area that spans from Staten Island to upstate Kingston, NY about how they can benefit from President Obama’s Executive Action immigration reforms.
4. Collaborated in the NYC-wide mass screening event for administrative relief (DAPA/DACA) scheduled for April 12, 2015.
5. Prepared for the upcoming conference, “Responding to the Needs of Immigrants and Immigrant Families in New York State,” scheduled for March 25, 2015 with more than 300 career professionals already scheduled to attend.
6. Expanded anti-fraud partnerships with district attorney offices and partners in New York City and state.
Cardinal Dolan shared his hallmark hugs, quips and high fives with staff and those we serve as he toured our legal, services for minors, English and Cultural Instruction and phone hotline programs before blessing staff, friends of Catholic Charities and the many individuals and families who come for help.
The premier Spanish-language newspaper “El Diario” turns to Catholic Charities Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services C. Mario Russell for regular updates on immigration reform.
Learn this week in El Diario – and below — about the grotesque reality of human trafficking.
By C. Mario Russell
March is filled with days that should be considered so much more than Hallmark holidays. It has been designated as Women’s History Month; March 8th celebrated International Women’s Day and March 25th is marked as an International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery. These are important dates designed to recognize the woman for her profound place in the human community and to remember in solidarity the deep wounds she bears at the hands of that community.
Yet these wounds continue, particularly in the world of immigration.
For example, we soon will come upon another important marker: the one-year-anniversary of the mass abduction of 276 schoolgirls by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria when, according to Human Rights Watch, children were taken into captivity and sold into marriage, forced to convert from their religion, and made to endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape.
Unfortunately, there are other examples as well that are far too close to home. Evelyn, 21, a top ranked student in her native country, was lured from Cameroon into the U.S. by a rich Maryland couple who promised her a bright future and a top-rate education. Instead, she was given no education and forced into servitude for the wealthy couple. And just this January 2015, Cristina Andres pleaded guilty to two counts of commercial sex trafficking. She was prosecuted for recruiting two girls, ages 13 and 17 at the time, with promises of a job in a Nashville restaurant. Instead, she used physical force and threats against the victims and their families to keep the girls in brothels in Memphis and Nashville.
The market for buying and selling of humans is sophisticated and robust, and only occasionally do publicized scenes like these force us to enter into its grotesque and brutal reality.
There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to hear a pipe band marching down Fifth Avenue.
And there’s no better group to celebrate with than us here at Catholic Charities.
Are you an Irish emigrant looking for help?
• Today and every day our Project Irish Outreach offers the Irish community advice, counseling and support services.
• For Irish emigration support, contact us at 914-237-5098 or Sr.Christine.email@example.com
Or are you just looking for the best way to celebrate the big day?
Check out this live pipe band:
And may you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
Perplexed by Executive Action initiatives, counter suits and new immigrants’ overwhelming needs?
Join us on March 25, 2015 at the Sheen Center in New York City as Catholic Charities teams up with fellow leading immigration service providers. Address challenges immigrant families face. Explore the evolving response of those who serve them.
More than 300 directors, counselors, professors, attorneys and fellow professional are already enrolled.
Sponsored by Catholic Charities, Catholic Migration Services and Center for Migration studies, the all-day event:
Places these challenges in a broader policy, moral and demographic context
Describes the coordinated response to immigrants in the New York metropolitan area
Identifies lessons, success and continued challenges in responding to the populations and to immigrant families
El Diario, the premier Spanish-language newspaper, turns to Catholic Charities Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services C. Mario Russell for regular updates on immigration reform.
Questions about the impact of Texas Judge Andrew Hanen on immigration reform?
Read Mr. Russell’s latest El Diario column below:
By C. Mario Russell
The lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states against President Obama’s Deferred Action program for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants was bound to draw the attention of the federal courts. And with over 670 federal judges in the United States, one of them—Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas—was bound to find a reason disagree with the President. Because, in his view, Texas would have to absorb the cost of issuing more state driver’s licenses to immigrants who qualified for Deferred Action, last week Judge Hanen ordered that the programs be put on hold. This was to be expected.
On Monday, lawyers for the government filed court papers requesting that the judge’s decision be reversed and that the federal programs immediately be allowed to go forward. This also was to be expected.
This litigation back-and-forth will last for a while, with more preliminary legal battles and more substantive decisions to come from the judge and from the Court of Appeals. Some of the decisions will be appealed further, possibly to the Supreme Court of the United States, which would have the last word. This, too, is to be expected.