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Global Solidarity and Local Action CRS Presentation

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Global Solidarity and Local Action CRS Presentation

  1. 1. Cheryl Mrazik Catholic Relief Services Global Issues Affecting the Poor and Vulnerable
  2. 2. “Not only our beneficiaries… …But also our teachers” -Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, CRS President and CEO Partnership and Solidarity
  3. 3. We are an Easter people!
  4. 4. Good News For a Change! #GoodNews4aChange
  5. 5. But challenges remain… Poverty: 21% of the world’s population still lives below $1.25/day Poverty is linked to violence: – 1.5 billion people live in areas affected by fragility, conflict, or large scale criminal violence – 73% of the world’s poorest billion lived through or are in a violent conflict
  6. 6. Migration An integral part of the Biblical story… Adam and Eve Noah Abraham Moses Joseph and Mary Jesus …and human history
  7. 7. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me… Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” —Matthew 25 Our Gospel Mandate...
  8. 8. “The Church’s approach to migration has and will continue to include both the reduction of the need to migrate and the protection of those who have little choice but to do so.” -Mary DeLorey, CRS
  9. 9. CRS’ Focus • The right NOT to migrate: “Persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland.” (Strangers No Longer) • Address root causes of migration by developing economic/political/social conditions that preclude necessity to migrate (JFI campaign principle)
  10. 10. International Migration • More than 200 million people in the world live outside their country of birth. – Doubled in past 30 years – 3% of the global population • The number of the migrants worldwide would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world.
  11. 11. Who are our migrant brothers and sisters? • Asylum seekers (983,000) • Refugees (10.4 million) • Internally Displaced Persons (15.6 M) • Economic migrants • Climate/Environmental Migrants • Trafficked persons (int’l 800,000-2 M)
  12. 12. Facts & Figures 1/3 of migrants: Developing  Developing 1/3 of migrants: Developing  Developed Urban migration(1/2 of world population in2008, growing to 2/3 by 2030) 49.6% are women 30-40 million are unauthorized in host country
  13. 13. If you know someone or a group of people who has migrated, what specific factors led to that decision? If not, what factors would motivate you to leave your home?
  14. 14. • Low wages • High unemployment/lack of jobs • Corrupt governments • Lack of social safety net • War & Natural disaster • Culture of migration Push Factors
  15. 15. Pull Factors: Jobs • Liberalization of trade – Employment sectors can move, but not people • Changing demographics – Aging populations, low fertility rates in developed countries – Service sector economies
  16. 16. Economic Reality ≠ Political Reality The United States has about 500,000 unskilled jobs available each year.  Current Immigration System only allows for 66,000 low-skilled labor positions = gap of 434,000  Most Americans with college degrees do not and will not do these types of jobs
  17. 17. Pull Factors: Wage Disparities Migrants can earn 20- 30 times more than in their home country! Ratio of average income of 5 richest countries to 5-10 poorest countries: In 1900, 9:1 In 1960, 30:1 Today, 100:1
  18. 18. Pull Factors Family reunification & social networks Equality/Freedom Safety/security/protection
  19. 19. Past CRS’ Responses Farmers in Mexico Greenhouses in Afghanistan Displaced Persons in Colombia Human trafficking in Moldova Drought interventions in Kenya
  20. 20. Conflict: Syria • 3 years • 150,000 killed • 2.5 million refugees • 75% are women and children • 65% of children show signs of PTSD CRS and partners: currently supporting 3,000 refugee children (250,000 refugees total) Goal: 10,000 children
  21. 21. Child-friendly spaces
  22. 22. Art therapy
  23. 23. “Please know that Syrians are kind. We are hospitable. It is a beautiful country and we will be happy to get back there and to rebuild. But right now we wish for more attention to our kids. We wish that nobody will see what they have seen. We need help.” -Hanan Yousef Abdel-Razaq, young mother from southern Syria now living in Jordan
  24. 24. What Can You Do? •Pray •Learn •Act/Advocate •Give
  25. 25. www.confrontglobalpoverty.org
  26. 26. What Can You Do? Tell President Obama and your Members of Congress: Stop the violence and provide adequate humanitarian assistance to people affected by violence in Syria!
  27. 27. Central African Republic (CAR)
  28. 28. 700,000 displaced
  29. 29. Peacebuilding
  30. 30. What Can You Do? *Action Alert this week* Tell Congress: I care about peace in the Central African Republic!
  31. 31. Natural Disasters: Typhoon Haiyan
  32. 32. The Toll 6,245 people killed 28,626 injured 1,039 missing 16 million impacted 1.1 million homes damaged, including 550,928 homes destroyed 4 million+ displaced
  33. 33. Shelter
  34. 34. Coconut farmers
  35. 35. What Can You Do? Tell Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees: Approve Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months for the Philippines!
  36. 36. Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (Independent Agricultural Workers' Center –CITA)
  37. 37. Sonora, Mexico
  38. 38. Youth Builders program Countries • El Salvador • Nicaragua • Honduras • Guatemala • Haiti • Dominican Republic Impact (Since 2007) 84% finish secondary degree 58% find employment
  39. 39. Managua, Nicaragua
  40. 40. What Can You Do? Support the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants (JFI) campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, including language in legislation to address root causes of migration.
  41. 41. What Can You Do? Support the Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination Act of 2013 (FORTE Act), H.R. 3344., which would: • Incorporate anti-trafficking and anti-slavery measures into foreign assistance programs • Creates requirements of foreign labor contractors who bring laborers to the U.S., and of employers who use these contractors, and measures in order to address complaints against contractors and employers
  42. 42. Fair Trade/Conflict-Free/Sweat-Free crsfairtrade.org
  43. 43. What Can You Do? •Pray •Learn •Act/Advocate •Give Always think local and global!
  44. 44. 54 Social Media Catholic Relief Services @CatholicRelief CRS Rice Bowl
  45. 45. www.crs.org www.confrontglobalpoverty.org Cheryl Mrazik CRS, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Office 610-293-4669 cheryl.mrazik@crs.org For more information….

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