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Mary DeLorey

Mary DeLoreyTitle: Strategic Issues Advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean
Areas of Expertise: migration, human trafficking, labor, human rights, immigration
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

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Biography

Mary DeLorey is Catholic Relief Services' strategic issues advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Baltimore. She is responsible for developing and promoting the agency's public policy positions and advocacy strategies on migration, human trafficking and other priority concerns relating to Latin America. She acts as a liaison with international Catholic organizations that provide support to migrants and refugees, and works with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the U.S. government and non-governmental organizations, analyzing regional trends and developing policy recommendations and joint advocacy strategies.

Ms. DeLorey began her career as a crisis counselor and caseworker for street children at Covenant House in New York City. She later developed education programs for Maryknoll in an impoverished region of southern Peru. She returned to the United States to work for Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., coordinating the provision of health services to low-income, immigrant and homeless patients. She next transferred to SHARE (the Salvadoran Humanitarian Aid, Research and Education Foundation), implementing grassroots advocacy efforts for a national network of communities in solidarity with El Salvador.

Ms. DeLorey later became a research associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington. She also conducted research in labor outsourcing in the Americas for the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland and headed a research project on low-income immigrant workers for the Aspen Institute. Ms. DeLorey joined CRS in her current position in 1998.

Ms. DeLorey has a B.A. in mental health, human services and theology, a master's in sociology (political economy and international development) and a master's in social work (social administration and community organizing) from the University of Maryland.