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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, Feb. 3, 2021 – Bill O’Keefe, executive vice president for Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy, released the following statement in response to the administration’s Executive Order on creating a comprehensive regional framework to address the root causes of migration from Central America.

"We welcome the administration's Executive Order that recognizes the need to address the root causes of migration from the northern countries of Central America. Decades of violence, instability, and lack of economic opportunity have devastated communities and livelihoods. What's more, the impacts of climate change have become catastrophic. Five years of recurring droughts have destroyed corn and bean harvests, the mainstay of the Central American diet. In November, two Category 4 hurricanes swept through the region, severely damaging infrastructure and further increasing risks to food security. The COVID-19 pandemic compounds these crises. 

Alarmingly, these conditions have forced millions of families to make an inconceivable choice—undertake a dangerous migration north or face dire consequences at home.

As a U.S. government partner and an organization that’s deeply rooted in the region, we look forward to contributing to this strategy. Addressing the root causes of migration will build more opportunities for people to live and thrive in their home communities.” 


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Nikki Gamer

Senior Public Affairs Manager

Nikki Gamer
February 3, 2021

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