Lê Quyên led Caritas Rome’s work with migrants and had a wider role influencing Caritas policy on migration at an international level. She was well known across the Caritas confederation. Colleagues from across the world remembered her for her dedication to the poor.
Caritas Internationalis Director of Policy and Advocacy Martina Liebsch worked closely with Lê Quyên. She said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and with the staff of Caritas Rome.
“Lê Quyên was a refugee herself. Her own experiences always showed in the love and hard work she showed towards other refugees she helped. She was motivated by great faith, by courage, hard work and by speaking truth to power. She was a champion of migrants here in Rome. Her loss will be deeply felt by us and by the migrants of Rome she championed for so many years.”
Caritas Rome Director Monsignor Enrico Feroci said, “Lê Quyên has been an example to us all. For many years she has worked for the poor and most excluded with enthusiasm, faith and professionalism.”
Lê Quyên was born in then Saigon in 1959. She arrived as a refugee in Italy in 1990. From 1992 to 1996, she was responsible for a centre for migrants for Caritas Rome. She worked on migration at a national level in Italy and then at a European level as part of Caritas Europa’s migration commission. She was an leading figure in much of the confederation’s migration policy development.
She was honoured by the Italian government and granted citizenship in 2008.
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