Far too often, the voices of the poor and oppressed—in the United States and around the world—have been marginalized or even silenced. These vulnerable lives and communities need advocates to speak on their behalf.
Seeking to follow the example of Jesus, World Relief advocates on behalf of individuals and communities, as well as working to influence the policies and structures that create poverty and oppression.
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Writing Campaign Calling for U.S. Leadership on Refugees
This September, both of the United Nations and President Obama will host summits about the refugee crisis with world leaders. Global goals include:
- Increasing humanitarian aid by 30 percent.
- Doubling the number of refugee resettlement and admission opportunities.
- Guaranteeing the right to work for one million more refugees.
- And ensuring access to education for one million more refugee children.
We can make sure they come up with more than just a temporary solution. Will you join us in calling on the United States to lead by example?
Stand with refugees by joining the #WriteforRefugees campaign. You can submit an online petition or print and return our ready-made cards. World Relief has partnered with over forty organizations on this writing campaign, and all responses will be shared with the White House in September.
Support a Strong, Robust Refugee Resettlement Program
The United States has a strong tradition of welcoming the persecuted. For decades, local families, churches, and businesses have welcomed refugees, and refugees in turn have strengthened American communities with their economic, social and cultural contributions. The United States resettles less than half of 1% of the world’s refugees, and this vital lifeline is critical to offer protection to some of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
Congress is considering a bill, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act, that would drastically reduce and cap refugee admissions; place refugees under continual surveillance after they have arrived; and create new procedures that would significantly and potentially indefinitely delay resettlement for many refugees whose lives are in danger.
Advocate for Peace in South Sudan
As the youngest country in the world, South Sudan faces a host of challenges, including political and ethnic violence, an increase in internally displaced persons and high risk of severe famine in the near future. Your voice is critically needed to ensure the international community responds robustly to support the peace process, provide humanitarian assistance, and avert a famine.
Read more on the 1-year anniversary of the conflict and what can be done to end the crisis
Read a recent statement signed by World Relief and 60 other NGOs calling for specific actions around South Sudan.
Send a letter to lawmakers, urging them increase U.S. diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan.
Refugee and Asylum Legislation
World Relief supports legislation that would improve the refugee resettlement program and increase protections for asylum-seekers in the United States. Specifically, the Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act would strengthen refugee resettlement by ensuring refugees have proper support once resettled in the United States. By bolstering successful job training and employment programs, refugees can quickly become fully active members of their communities. This bill would also ensure refugees from especially vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, the elderly, and victims of trafficking, will have access to these programs.
Send a letter to lawmakers urging them to pass legislation that ensures refugees and asylum-seekers are supported in their integration through appropriate government programs and community support.
Read more regarding various refugee-related bills in Congress and World Relief statements on these bills.
Syrian Refugees: Statement for the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
The conflict in Syria has created one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian situations in decades and has become a serious threat to peace and security in the region. Since 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict and more than six million people have been internally displaced or have fled as refugees to a neighboring country including Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey, among other states.
The Democratic Republic of Congo
In what is considered the world's deadliest conflict since World War II and the world's worst place to live for a woman, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have gone through unspeakable horrors and continue to suffer from political turmoil, disease, and displacement. In a country known for its wealth of natural resources, various factions and rebel groups continue to destabilize large parts of the country.
World Relief is responding to local conflicts by encouraging reconciliation through Village Peace Committees. Pastors from different ethnic groups have been brought together to work for the common good. These local churches are the center of World Relief's efforts, as they support widows and orphans of the war. Hekima, a local microfinance institution, was created by World Relief to provide basic credit and financial services to the Congolese people.
Send a letter to lawmakers urging them to take action to support peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Read more regarding World Relief's recent testimonies and statements regarding the DRC.
World Relief is committed to reforming American immigration policies to make them consistent with Scripture's call to welcome the stranger. Specifically, we believe that reform is needed to speed processing of family-based immigration, create responsive avenues for immigrants to work in the US, provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants, and protect the border humanely.
Challenge yourself, your church or campus to read 40 verses of Scripture related to immigrants on a bookmark and watch a short video with prominent evangelical leaders reading Matthew 25.
Send a letter to lawmakers urging them to take Action for immigration reform!
Read more regarding our work on immigration reform, including the G92 student movement, toolkits, statements, blogs, learning guides, etc.
View and download the World Relief Immigration Advocacy Toolkit
Advocacy for Persecuted Refugee Groups
World Relief has been active in ensuring that terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) and material support issues do not bar refugees and asylum-seekers from seeking the protection of the United States. Currently, there are thousands of cases on hold because of their work fighting brutal regimes or defending minority ethnic groups which made up a significant part of their refugee claim.
World Relief also advocates for the protection of specific refugee groups around the world, including most recently the Chin refugees in Mizoram State, India.
Send a letter to President Obama, urging him to take action to help refugees waiting in limbo in the resettlement process.
Read more regarding letters and news articles to protect persecuted refugees.