Kevin Appleby directs the Migration and Refugee Services Office of Migration and Refugee Policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In that role he assists the bishops in the development and promotion of migration and refugee policy positions within the context of the Church's social and moral teaching; he also implements communication, public education/outreach and legislative strategies that foster greater advocacy, awareness, understanding, and support for the work of MRS and the vulnerable populations it serves. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University. He speaks often on immigration issues to local and national groups. Appleby has worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Russell Long of Louisiana and the Senate Select Committee on Iran-Contra.