After more than three decades serving as a model for successful resettlement and integration, the US based Episcopal Migration Ministries’ satellite office in Miami, Florida is to close at the end of July.
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, explained that the closing was due in large part to changing Cuban migrant policy within the United States: “Episcopal Migration Ministries - Miami began in 1980 in response to the Department of State’s request for assistance in processing Cubans arriving to the United States during the Mariel boatlift” he said, a reference to the mass emigration of Cubans over a six month period in 1980.
Under the direction of Charlande Michel, Episcopal Migration Ministries - Miami has resettled over 3,300 refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Kosovo, Bosnia, Vietnam, Iraq, and Burma.
In addition to resettlement services, Episcopal Migration Ministries - Miami has provided immigration legal services within the South Florida community.
“Michel’s vision and leadership, along with her incredible staff, has helped thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and over 27,000 immigrants establish new lives in the United States,” Canon Stevenson added. “Episcopal Migration Ministries is thankful for the work of these dedicated professionals over the decades.”
Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church, and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government.