Catholic Charities Atlanta has been asked to help recently reunited families here in Georgia and Alabama. We are grateful to be able to fulfill Catholic Social Teaching by serving these families and assisting them with basic needs, transportation, and access to legal services, mental health counseling, and other services.
How You Can Help
What is needed most at this time are financial donations that will allow our agency to meet the specific, individual needs of these families as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you would like to support the case support and the legal work of Catholic Charities Atlanta in this effort, please Donate Now. In the designation box, please click on “other ” in the drop down menu. Then type in “Separated families.” This will ensure that your donation goes directly to the support our work with reuniting families from the border.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s Response to Separation of Families at the Border
“The recent immigration policy that has separated children from their parents is deeply disturbing. The administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy resulted in many children being torn from the arms of their parents and placed in separate detention facilities where many remain. Unnecessarily separating families is detrimental to basic child welfare, contrary to our Catholic values, and ineffective as a means of deterrence and safety. In response to widespread backlash, the President recently signed an executive order which takes a limited step in stopping the practice of separating children from their parents. My hope is that the administration will proceed, as ordered by a federal court, to reunite all children and parents who have been separated.
I urge the administration and Congress to pass real immigration reform that respects the dignity of every person and supports family life. Family unity, a foundational element of Catholic social teaching, must be preserved at all costs. I enthusiastically support the work of our Catholic Charities Atlanta on this issue. I join Pope Francis and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in advocating for the protection of children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence and I pray for every family affected by these policies.”