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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, March 17, 2023 –  Bill O’Keefe, executive vice president of Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s FY24 federal budget proposal.

“We are pleased the Biden Administration’s budget proposal includes increases to humanitarian assistance, food aid, and climate finance at a time when needs are far outpacing resources in many of the countries where we work. The Administration clearly sees the urgency in supporting communities in crisis while also acknowledging that complex challenges take time and sustained commitment to tackle. For those of us on the frontlines of global humanitarian crises, the impacts of climate change are particularly concerning—especially in places like the Sahel and Somalia that are suffering through historic drought. Increases in development and humanitarian assistance would undoubtedly save millions of lives.

Now that the Administration has done its part, it is time for Congress to go to work to pass appropriations that similarly prioritize the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people—a move that will strengthen U.S. leadership abroad.” 


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, visit or and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; and in Spanish at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Nikki Gamer

Senior Public Affairs Manager

Nikki Gamer
March 17, 2023

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Senior Public Affairs Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement...More