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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, April 9, 2020 – Bill O’Keefe, executive vice president for Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), issued the following statement in response to the administration’s FY22 budget request.

“The administration’s proposal to increase poverty-focused international assistance in its FY22 budget request demonstrates a steadfast commitment to American leadership abroad. The proposed funding will be vital to tackle the long-term implications of poverty and vulnerability and the compounding challenges that have emerged due to COVID-19. It will also help the United States better prepare for future pandemics, fight climate change, and deal with the complex challenges plaguing Central America. What’s more, it will go toward programs that save millions of lives through childhood vaccinations, clean water access, and skilled response to disasters. 

Historically, poverty-focused international assistance has received strong bipartisan support. We look forward to working with Congress on FY22 appropriations to provide robust foreign aid that meets the moment. COVID-19 has plunged tens of millions of families further into poverty, threatening their ability to put food on the table. The U.S. is a blessed nation. It’s our moral responsibility as Americans to protect the life and dignity of those most in need.”


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

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
April 9, 2021

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations 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 of...More