Our Advocacy Work
While responding to the needs of Irish immigrants in the United States, the Irish Apostolate USA recognized the difficult situation many immigrants faced due to their undocumented status.
In May 2005 Bishop Seámus Hegarty, Chairman of the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants, visited with the staff and volunteers from the member centers in Washington, DC. One of the main objectives of his visit was to highlight the Church’s concern for the plight of the undocumented in the United States and to find a way that the Irish Apostolate could assist them in regularizing their status.
To do that effectively, the Irish Apostolate USA joined the Justice for Immigrants campaign, led by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its involvement in the campaign, the Irish Apostolate advocates on behalf of its member centers and the immigrants they serve at the national level, and disseminates relevant advocacy information to the member centers so that they can engage in advocacy efforts at the local level.