Agency urges people, ‘Stand with Refugees’

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Echoing a call the U.S. bishops issued in a pastoral reflection last month, Catholic Charities of Louisville is asking people to “Stand with Refugees.”

The agency that has resettled thousands of refugees in the Louisville area is launching a campaign to raise awareness about its work and the plight of refugees.

Katie Litanga, coordinator of grants for Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services, said in an interview March 30 that the effort is Catholic Charities’ response to the uncertainty caused by the recent executive action on immigration issued by President Donald Trump.

The executive action — a revised version of one issued in January — places a travel ban on individuals hoping to enter the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority countries and reduces the number of refugees that will be allowed to settle in the U.S. this year.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said in an email March 31 that he is joining with Catholic Charities in “standing with refugees.”

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