Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) department fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.
The utmost care and compassion is given to each and all of our Cuban Haitian program clients regardless of the difficulties and limitations that they might have endured in the past and continue to suffer.
Many of the children served have been separated from their families for years and have endured significant trauma either in their home countries or during their journey to the United States.
CUBAN/HAITIAN ENTRANT PROGRAM (CHEP)
Migration and Refugee Services is a well-recognized leader with more than 30 years of experience in helping Cubans and Haitians who resettle in the United States under unique and complex immigration policies. The total number of clients serviced by our program in 2014 was over 7,000. The MRS Reception, Processing, and Resettlement office in Miami, in partnership with the MRS Cuban/Haitian resettlement network in the rest of the U.S., helped to resettle 1,888 clients, of which 1,144 cases were Family Reunifications and 744 were Free Cases (no family in the United States). An additional 5,253 newly arrived clients were provided orientation and referral services through the Parolee Orientation Program. Among those resettled were several unaccompanied minors who were reunited with their Cuban and Haitian families in the U.S.
Critical Services to Migrant & Unaccompanied Children
Tens of thousands of children have fled to the United States in recent years escaping violence, crippling poverty, and abuse. Our Community Based Referral Program provides children and youth with appropriate medical and/or mental health services, school enrollment assistance, and referrals to pro bono legal services, with the ultimate goal of family reunification.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond
Associate Director - CHEP
Associate Director, Children Services
Assistant Director, CHEP Services
Ana Maria Mederos
Client Enrollments and Referrals
Lourdes del Rio
Reports and Claims
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.