Catholic Migration Services
In 1971, the Most Reverend Francis J. Mugavero established the Catholic Migration Office in the Diocese of Brooklyn to serve the needs of immigrants and refugees living in Brooklyn and Queens. Since then, the agency has served thousands of immigrants – regardless of religion, race, or immigration status and from at least 167 countries – who collectively speak more than 80 languages. From a small storefront office, Catholic Migration Services has grown to become one of the City’s most respected and effective organizations serving immigrants, with offices in Downtown Brooklyn and Sunnyside, Queens.
Catholic Migration Services sees its mission as welcoming the stranger in our midst by our commitment to empowering underserved immigrant communities in Brooklyn and Queens regardless of religion or ethnicity. Services include legal assistance on immigration, housing and workers’ rights. The office works directly with the various Ethnic Ministries of the Diocese to ensure that pastoral needs of immigrants are being addressed as well.
Catholic Migration Services is now affiliated with Catholic Charities in order to better meet the needs of immigrants throughout Brooklyn and Queens parishes.