International Catholic Migration Commission Inc

Restoring Dignity, Inspiring change

aka ICMC   |   Boston, MA   |  www.icmc.net

Mission

The mission of the International Catholic Migration Commission (the Commission) is to protect and serve uprooted people, including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, victims of human trafficking, and migrants - regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC, Inc., which is a 501c3 tax exempt organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, furthers its mission primarily through the support of projects sponsored and/or operated by the Commission. Founded in 1951 by Pope Pius XII, the Commission is mandated to provide assistance and protection to uprooted individuals, families and communities whether they are displaced in their home countries, have sought asylum in another country, are in the process of resettlement to a third country.

Ruling year info

1946

President

Msgr. Robert Vitillo

Main address

31 Milk Street, Suite 315

Boston, MA 02109 USA

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EIN

52-1470887

NTEE code info

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Humanitarian Assistance

Families and individuals who are forced to flee their homes due to conflicts, human rights violations, and natural disasters often struggle to meet their basic needs, suffer acute deprivations and are exposed to significant risks.

The Commission provides vulnerable families and individuals with essential humanitarian assistance and support, by distributing non-food items, providing rent assistance, facilitating access to health care services, and distributing medical devices. For more information please visit www.icmc.net

In addition, through a deployment agreement with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the Commission seconds expert staff to assist UNHCR in the evaluation of cases of unaccompanied minor and other refugees with special needs. The Commission also works closely with the USA government and other countries to process refugees for resettlement when they cannot be integrated into the countries where they first sought asylum.

Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers, refugees, persons fleeing conflicts, and other persons displaced from their homes face considerable risks which can be exacerbated by a range of personal circumstances and obstacles to accessing basic services, including poverty, isolation, irregular migration status, and social and cultural norms.

The Commission identifies and addresses the underlying causes of vulnerability of displaced people, and provides emergency and long-term protection to those in need. Persons of greatest concern include vulnerable families, unaccompanied children, at-risk women and female-headed households, persons with serious illnesses or disabilities, the elderly, and persons fleeing ethnic, religious or other persecution.

Population(s) Served

One of the most powerful ways to protect and serve uprooted people is through resettlement. Resettlement provides a way for forcibly displaced to experience healing and hope and to start anew. The Commission staff provide expert advice, guidance and reassurance to refugee families while they struggle through the intensive and complex resettlement process at the Commission Resettlement Support Centers in Turkey and Lebanon. The Commission also deploys more than 100 experts to between 40-90 countries each year to support the UN officials as they review claims for refugee status and to make "best interest assessments and determinations” for unaccompanied and separated refugee children.
For more information, please visit the Commission’s website at www.icmc.net

Population(s) Served

In Europe, the United States and at the UN, the Commission works to promote policies and practices that respect human dignity, human rights and the well-being of all uprooted people. Through its civil society networks, and by engaging with a variety of stakeholders, we seek to inspire change and improve the protection of all migrants.

For more about the Commission ’s Advocacy work, please visit the Commission’s website at www.icmc.net

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We aim to fulfill our mission, which is to serve and protect uprooted people, including migrants, refugees, and the internally displaced, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. We strive to create flexible and innovative approaches to protect and serve uprooted people by addressing the dynamic challenges of international migration.

The Commission responds to challenges of uprooted people and their communities by providing direct humanitarian assistance in crises, facilitating refugee resettlement, and working toward sustainable rights-based solutions to global migration challenges. We work in conjunction with Catholic Bishops' Conferences worldwide and in cooperation with governmental and nongovernmental partners to meet the immediate needs of suffering uprooted people while working to build sustainable solutions to migration issues. We utilize the existing grassroots network of the Catholic Church to quickly implement programs such as: 1) Humanitarian assistance including food, shelter, medical aid, and disaster relief through churches, governmental bodies, and nonprofit partners. 2) Protection and prevention programs, where we seek to identify and address the underlying causes of vulnerability of displaced people, and to provide emergency and long-term protection to those in need. Persons of greatest concern to us include vulnerable families, unaccompanied children, at-risk women and female-headed households, persons with serious illnesses or disabilities, the elderly, and persons fleeing ethnic, religious or other persecution. 3) Refugee resettlement including legal aid for refugee status determination, coordination with international and governmental bodies for appropriate resettlement locations, and logistical planning. 4) Coordination of Catholic Bishops' Conferences and over 700 civil society organizations to develop programs for uprooted people such as microfinance programs for economic self-sufficiency, societal integration, capacity building, and church networking.

We combine the best of both international organizations and locally-based nonprofits. Our partnership with UNHCR in the Resettlement Deployment Scheme means that we deploy professional experts to assist the UN in implementing the most up-to-date policies and practices, in accord with trends in refugee law, policy, and humanitarian aid.

Secondly, we work on the ground, in local communities that have experienced influxes of refugees. Our unique tie to the Catholic Church means that we can understand and quickly respond to refugee crises through local Catholic institutions around the world. We also coordinate over 800 civil society organizations globally. We administer programs through local partners and through our knowledgeable, experienced, local staff. Most of our staff are natives of the countries or region in which they work. We believe that our unique position as an international Catholic organization in partnership with UNHCR and various local partners enables us to better serve refugees. The Commission thus provides the expertise and resources of a large international NGO with key ties to international governing bodies, while leveraging the on-the-ground knowledge, presence, and infrastructure of each local Catholic diocese worldwide.

The Commission believes in the protection and dignity of all people, including those uprooted from their homes due to violence, persecution and severe poverty. Today, millions of people trying to flee from violent situations and the risk of death face additional danger and rejection during their journeys and upon arrival in a host country. Too many people are forced to pay large sums of money just to reach security. They risk their lives and freedom by paying traffickers and/or climbing aboard unsafe boats, trucks and trains in order to seek security. The Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations, as well as the international community should strive to do more to protect these innocent people who, for no fault of their own, are being forced from their homes. Until there are safe and secure migration paths and no risk of human trafficking, slavery, human suffering and death along those routes, there remains much to accomplish. While our advocacy programs work to ensure safe passages, our operational work is on the ground helping as many people as we can to obtain that freedom and security they so desperately are seeking.

Financials

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International Catholic Migration Commission Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Mary Yerrick

Retired, Public Relations

Term: 2017 - 2021


Board co-chair

H.E. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

Catholic Church

Term: 2017 - 2021

William Wise

Alexia Kelly

FADICA

Edward Orzechowski

Retired, Consultant

Stephen Reynolds

Attorney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No