The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses the social conditions for clients, needs of the eight Catholic Charities organizations, and all people in our community. The Advocacy Department helps develop the Federation’s public policy priorities, advocate at the state and federal level for the poor and vulnerable, and teach Catholics how to put their faith into action.
The role of the Advocacy Department is to:
- Integrate public policy priorities with agency needs and client experiences;
- Engage and educate people on the public policy priorities of Catholic Charities; and
- Mobilize Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff, as well as the Catholic community to advocate on a local, state, and federal level and to build relationships with decision makers.
2016 Public Priorities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Promote respect and dignity for those who are unable to meet their basic needs.
- Advocate for adequate state revenue to protect those we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.
- Promote measures that address disparities in incarceration, recognize the dignity of those in prison, and support efforts to successfully reintegrate ex-offenders into society.
- Advocate at the state and federal level for affordable and accessible health care, especially for the unborn, the uninsured, under-insured, and under-served.
- Promote measures to protect and foster the healthy development of children and youth.
- Promote the dignity of workers and opportunities that give each adult the ability “to maintain oneself and one’s family and to contribute to the growth of one’s nation” (Pope Francis).
- Address issues surrounding race and the economy.
- Oppose tax measures that disproportionately affect the poor and support charitable and social tax credits that help those we serve.
- Advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in concert with the U.S. Catholic Bishops and support measures that protect and assist immigrants and refugees.
- Address housing issues impacting the poor and vulnerable.