WASHINGTON—The Syrian refugee crisis ¬–now totaling nearly 4 million refugees– has reached a “tipping point,” in which countries in the region are no longer able to handle the flow of refugees across their borders, warned U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officials who recently traveled to the Middle East.
Without more international support, we will find Syrians fleeing extremists being turned away and forced back to danger,” said Anastasia Brown, interim executive director for USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). “The global community, led by Europe and the United States, needs to increase its support in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis.”
Inclusion Act Receives Strong Support From Three USCCB Chairmen
Religious liberty is important for all, including child welfare providers
Inclusion Act protects religious liberties and excludes no one
Parental choice in adoption is important and deserves protection
WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015. The Act would forbid the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services, from taking adverse action against a provider that, for religious or moral reasons, declines to provide a child welfare social service.
Governor Appoints Members to Two State Human Trafficking Groups
Governor Rick Snyder has announced his initial appointments for two state human trafficking groups. The Human Trafficking Commission, established by House Bill 5158 of 2014, makes recommendations to improve Michigan’s laws related to human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board, established by Senate Bill 596 of 2014, addresses issues related to medical and mental health of human trafficking survivors. To see a list of the appointees, click here. More information about human trafficking in Michigan and the Catholic Church’s efforts against it can be found in MCC’s FOCUS publication.