Click to download bulletin PDF - May 21, 2017

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Archbishop Gomez & Sheriff McDonnell
Release Video on Human Trafficking Awareness

We are so pleased to announce this partnership between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and local law enforcement to raise awareness about the evil of human trafficking and provide practical resources for victim assistance. It is especially important for our immigrant communities to know that local law enforcement provides victim assistance without reporting to immigration authorities. All of our parishes and schools are being asked to join in prayer against human trafficking and to help increase awareness in their communities.

Pope Francis Statement on International Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Trafficking

"I urge all those in government positions to combat this scourge with firmness, giving voice to our younger brothers and sisters who have been wounded in their dignity. All efforts must be made to eradicate this shameful and intolerable crime." 
Read more from Vatican Radio

See Something? Say Something

If you have reason to believe someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the CAST LA Hotline: 

1-888-KEY-2-FRE(EDOM)

CAST is a local organization that supports survivors of human trafficking.

CAST Hotline Flyer
CAST Hotline Card

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline:

1-888-373-7888

NHTRC Hotline Car
Look Beneath The Surface Poster

For more resources, please visit archla.org/humantrafficking

The United States Has Experienced an Increase in Trafficking Cases in 2016 and 2017

Read more from the International Business Times

Pray with the St. Josephine Bakhita Prayer Card for Her Feast Day Feb 8th

St Josephine Bakhita Prayer Card

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Pastoral Resources for Immigrants, Refugees and Parishes

Dear Friends,

These are challenging times in our country right now with the new Presidential orders on immigrants and refugees.

To assist us in supporting our brothers and sisters, our Office of Government and Community Relations and our Office of Life, Justice and Peace have created a special webpage that contains important resources for parishes, families and individuals. On this new page: archla.org/immigration and below you will find resources to help you learn more about the issues and resources that will enable you to get involved in your community and in communicating with your elected officials.

Also, here I include for your information my reflections on the President’s Executive Orders, in Spanish and English.

Archbishop Gomez’s Statement on the Executive Orders 
Declaración de Arzobispo Gomez sobre las órdenes del poder ejecutivo

Please continue to pray with me, for our nation, and for our elected officials. With the guidance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I pray that we might all work together to find a compassionate solution to the challenges of reforming our immigration and refugee systems. 

Take Action: Ask Your US Representatives to Support The Bridge Act Today

On January 12th Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128. Known as HR 496 on the House side, this bipartisan bill is an effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would be able to maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.

There have been more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DACA youth and their families as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children.

Ask your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE ACT.

Read the Text of the Bridge Act

Contact Your US Representatives Toda!

Pastoral Resources for Immigrants, Refugees and Parishes

Access Resources

Practical tips for families encountering immigration enforcement including emergency planning.

Preparing Your Family for Immigration Enforcement

Free Consultations

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is offering free consultations for anyone affected by executive orders every Friday of the month at 9am.
9am Fridays February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

1530 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Call 213-251-3505 for more information

Catholic Charities Esperanza Immigrant Rights Projec

Join a Parish Team

The Office of Life, Justice & Peace (OLJP) works with parishes and schools to educate and advocate for immigrant rights, encounters with immigration enforcement, and develop family preparation plans.
Parish Teams Immigration Workshops Schedule

Statements:

USCCB President & VP Statement on Immigratio 
Declaración por el presidente y vice presidente del USCCB en inmigración
Text of Executive Order: Border Wal
USCCB Statement on Sanctuary Citie

Text of Executive Order: Sanctuary Cities

USCCB Statement on Refugee

Text of Executive Order: Refugees

For more information visit archla.org/immigration

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