J. Kevin Appleby

Kevin ApplbyKevin Appleby is the Senior Director for International Migration Policy for the Center for Migration Studies of New York, a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN).  SIMN is a network of 270 schools, shelters, educational institutes, and community centers for migrants operated globally by the Scalabrini Catholic religious order.

Kevin was formerly director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prior to joining USCCB, Kevin worked as Deputy Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

Kevin has testified before Congress on immigration issues and represented the U.S. Catholic bishops on these issues at public events and with the media.   He is co-editor of the volume, On Strangers No Longer:  Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexican Catholic Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Migration.

Kevin worked for Senator Russell Long of Louisiana and several select committees of the U.S. Senate, including the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair.    Kevin received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and a law degree from the University of Maryland.

Kevin comes from a family of six siblings and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

In his presentation at the Convocation, Mr. Appleby will highlight the Catholic position on immigration and immigration reform.  He will discuss the immigration policy initiatives of the Trump Administration and how they may impact immigrant communities across the nation.  He will outline steps needed to defeat these proposals and to offer an alternative vision, based on Catholic teaching, for our immigration system.  He will talk about tools that can be used in this effort, including public messaging, community organizing, and advocacy.  He also will explain the law regarding immigration enforcement and parishes and Catholic agencies which serve immigrants.