Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

One Human Family

February 7, 2014


Cara Costa, Migration Intern

Hometown: Cranford, NJ

Major: Psychology with a Minor in Spanish at The Catholic University of America

What I’m Looking Forward to: I am looking forward to working with the Columbans in exploring and advocating for migration issues while incorporating the necessary value of social justice rooted in faith.

This semester, I look forward to joining the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach to advocate for just immigration policies. Considering that U.S. policies affect the lives of people everywhere, I will be advocating and spreading awareness for issues concerning migration so that the lives of immigrants are not negatively impacted.

Catholic Social Teaching proclaims the inherent dignity of all human life.  I am looking forward to serving as an advocate for those who will be affected by the many policies of the U.S, including Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Although not all immigrants are citizens of the United States, they are affected by U.S. policies, and they deserve representations and rights.

Catholic Social Teaching also asserts that we are one human family, regardless of national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.  Catholic teaching affirms that, “We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be.”  To me, this statement perfectly encompasses the work of the Columbans.  It is our responsibility to assist those immigrating to our country, so that that may perhaps create a better life for their family.  Thus I am looking forward to acting as an instrument in change and awareness for social justice.  As Pope Paul VI said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”