The Office of Immigration Issues was established by action of the 216th General Assembly (2004) in order to provide legal advice and counsel to mid-councils and congregations regarding immigration issues. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has continued to expand the work of the Office by directing the Office to coordinate advocacy and education efforts and create worship materials.
Teresa enjoys advising mid-councils and congregations who are calling immigrant pastors. She also strives to help Presbyterians understand and engage the injustices within this country’s complex system by taking immigration law and policy and breaking it down into resources that tell the stories of those affected. Teresa has a Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law and a Masters in Spirituality from Bellarmine University. Before her work at the Office of Immigration Issues, Teresa worked as a public defender, attorney for child protective services, and an immigration attorney for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Laura coordinates immigration advocacy policy for the Office of the General Assembly. Polk holds a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University. Her graduate research focused on the impact of immigration law and policies on African immigrant populations in the Washington, D.C., area.
View a chart of the legal assistance (PDF) the Office provides to mid-councils and congregations.
The work of the Office of Immigration Issues is supported through per capita dollars. However, you can choose to further support immigration education and advocacy efforts through this Extra Commitment Opportunity. Please note EC052074 on your check and send gifts to:
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Extra Commitment Opportunity
P.O. Box 643660
Pittsburgh PA 15264-3700