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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An earlier version of this release had an incorrect headline. My apologies for the mistake...



Human Rights Lawyer is Recognized as the 2013 Teacher of Peace

Pax Christi USA honors Mary Meg McCarthy,
Executive Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center


Mary Meg McCarthy
Washington, D.C.-
Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, has recognized Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), as the 2013 recipient of the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award. Pax Christi USA first gave the award to Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, in 1978 and has since recognized some of the most significant U.S. Catholic activists for peace and justice of the past 3 decades, including actor Martin Sheen; poet and priest Daniel Berrigan, S.J.; and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.


"I am pleased that Mary Meg McCarthy is the recipient of the 2013 PCUSA Teacher of Peace Award," stated Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. "She has a passion and a driving commitment to uphold the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the United States and to journey with these individuals, who are often at the fringes of our society, to access justice. Mary Meg teaches peace and inspires the life-giving hope that justice and peace are indeed within our reach."


Under McCarthy's leadership, NIJC, one of the nation's leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations, serves 10,000 non-citizens each year through an unparalleled network of more than 1,000 pro bono attorneys. Through its unique combination of direct service, impact litigation and advocacy, NIJC promotes due process protections before the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress and the Administration...


To read the rest of this release, click here.


To see a full list of this year's nominees, click here. 

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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