Media CenterCRS Applauds Migration Pact, But Pushes for Action to Address Root Causes of Migration

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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, June 13, 2022 – In response to the migration pact announced at the Summit of the Americas, “The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection,” Bill O’Keefe, executive vice president for Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), issued the following statement:

“With the announcement of the ‘Los Angeles Declaration,’ the United States and other countries across our hemisphere rightly put the root causes of migration exactly where they need to be – at the center of the conversation. But while a written declaration can help garner attention on the issue, it’s not the same as action. More than anything, we need action – in the form of sustained political commitment and significantly more resources – if we’re going to help communities in places from Venezuela and Haiti to Guatemala and Honduras.”


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
June 13, 2022

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