Many of us are deeply troubled by the news reports coming out of Europe about the influx of Syrian refugees seeking safety and protection. Below you will find information on an RCUSA organizational sign-on letter, RCUSA webinar, and additional resources.
RCUSA Letter sign-on:
Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), a coalition of U.S.-based organizations dedicated to refugee protection and welcome, sent this letter on September 9th to President Obama urging him to take action in response to the ever growing Syrian refugee crisis. RCUSA invites national and local organizations to sign-on to this letter with the same recommendations to further urge the President to increase protection and resettlement of Syrian refugees. The letter urges the United States to: increase the number of refugees that we resettle to 200,000 for FY 16, with 100,000 of them being Syrian; show solidarity with its close allies in Europe and resettle a small number of refugees from Europe; urge other countries to increase their funding of the humanitarian response while at the same time continuing to increase the amount that the United States gives; and engage with major development actors to encourage the expansion of development plans to include refugee and refugee host communities, supported by the convening of a major international conference where the United States could announce its plans to lead the response.
Urgent RCUSA Call for Refugee Advocates –Pushing to Protect More Refugees During the Current Crisis – Friday, September 18th 12:00-1:00pm EST
With the current unprecedented and growing number of refugees around the world and many risking their lives in dangerous situations to find safety, Refugee Council USA is convening this urgent call to discuss what we can to help protect more refugees, including the now over 4 million Syrian refugees. Recent photographs of children who died in search of safety and other news coverage highlight the gravity and breadth of the situation, as well as the loss and desperation of so many. While we’re heartened that individuals in the United States and other nations have opened their hearts and homes to refugees, most governments are not acting to protect refugees. We believe the United States should be doing more, and we’re asking for your help to encourage our government to take action.
Geared towards local refugee resettlement actors, state refugee coordinators, refugee leaders, and other advocates, the webinar will focus on what you can do to encourage your members of Congress and the President to further protect refugees and show solidarity to other nations doing a disproportionate amount of work to save and protect refugee lives. We will discuss opportunities and concrete actions we urge you take before the end of the year to join the movement to protect and resettle more refugees.
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- Learn More:
- UNHCR Syria Regional Refugee Response
- The Forward Letter to the Editor, The Answer Lies in the Refugee Convention of 1951 (September 10, 2015)
- HIAS Blog Post, The Refugee Crisis: A Dispatch from Vienna (September 10, 2015)
- Jerusalem Post article, The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Jewish Sense of Responsibility (September 9, 2015)
- RCUSA Letter to President Obama (September 9, 2015)
- KQED Radio: Should the U.S. Be Doing More to Help Solve the Syrian Refugee Crisis? (September 9, 2015)
- Mark Hetfield on NPR: Europe Treating Crisis Like “Business as Usual” (September 4, 2015)
- Politico Europe Op-Ed, Migrants Aren’t Widgets (September 3, 2015)
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette Op-Ed, For Refugees, Crisis Never Far Away (September 2, 2015)
- Al Jazeera America Op-Ed, Greece’s Other Crisis (July 15, 2015)
- The Forward article, Jewish Groups Lead Push to Crack Open Doors to Syria Refugees (June 25, 2015)
- HIAS Statement for Hearing on Admitting Syrian Refugees, Submitted to Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives (June 24, 2015)
- HIAS Blog Post, Refugee Crisis Needs an Extraordinary Response (April 23, 2015)
- HIAS Blog Post, A Crash Course on the Syrian Refugee Crisis (February 3, 2015)
- Refugee Council USA Report, At the Breaking Point: Refugees in Jordan and Egypt (January 2015)
- HIAS Blog Post, A Call for the U.S. to Resettle Syrians as Part of Multifaith Effort (October 29, 2014)
- HIAS Blog Post, HIAS Secures Asylum for Syrian Targeted by Govt and Opposition (August 8, 2014)
- HIAS Blog Post, The Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Generation (July 2014)
- HIAS Blog Post: Eliminating Barriers to Protection for Syrian Refugees Seeking Sanctuary in the U.S. (January 15, 2014)
- HIAS Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Submitted to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (January 7, 2014)
- HIAS Blog Post, Report from the Field: Syrian Refugees in Jordan (December 12, 2013)