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Immigration Team Fosters Participation And Respect For Human Dignity

Our archdiocesan immigration team helps facilitate social ministry in Hispanic parishes and advocates for the dignity of immigrants. Our Immigration Team helps Catholics participate in transforming their own communities.  We founded the team in 2013 to facilitate parish social ministry in parishes with large Hispanic populations, and to advocate for the dignity of all people and their right to participate in their communities. After holding almost 100 one-on-one meetings as well as trainings in organizing, storytelling and leadership skills, we formed our team of over 30 leaders drawn from 15 parishes representing 11 cities throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford.  Our team has organized two regional “Pilgrimages for Immigration Reform,” and distributed over 3,000 post cards to our state legislators. The team is currently working with parish social ministry leaders to help undocumented parishioners prepare for the Connecticut driver’s license exam, though the creation of “community schools” in parish settings, serving over 1,500 parishioners.  The team also helps to engage parishes around the diocese in local and national immigration issues.