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Immigration Issues

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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 Waggener

Teresa WaggenerTeresa 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.

Amanda Craft

Image of Amanda CraftAmanda supports the growth and activity of Presbyterians for Just Immigration, a campaign to mobilize congregations, mid councils, and Presbyterian-related organizations to affirm and promote the civil and human rights of immigrants. She also helps with the coordination of network training opportunities for leaders in immigration advocacy work in their regions consistent with the mandates of the General Assembly. Previously she served as a mission co-worker in Guatemala, Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to that call, she worked for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Denison University and is currently completing at MA in Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Amanda, her spouse, and two sons reside in Louisville, KY.

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