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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Stand with Refugees
During the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, we ask that you join us in urging Congress and your local officials to end the moratorium and resume the resettlement of refugees as soon as possible.
On January 27, the new presidential administration signed an executive order announcing significant changes to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. These changes place a 120-day moratorium on any refugees entering the country, a significant cut to the overall quota of refugees allowed into the U.S. in 2017, and an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, with the likelihood that refugees from additional countries will also be barred. Read the full Executive Order.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions program is a safe program and one that we stand by in our commitment to serving the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable.
In the last six months alone, World Relief resettled 6,700 refugees. These individuals and families who fled war zones, lost everything, and did not get to choose where they would begin their new lives, are grateful to now be here on U.S. soil. Read World Relief's statement on refugee resettlement.
Ways to Act
1. Sign and share this petition expressing solidarity with refugees.
2. Email your elected officials here and call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives by dialing 1-866-940-2439.
Once connected, you can share:
- Your name, city, and state
- Your support for the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program
- One or two reasons why you personally believe in welcoming refugees
3. Use the links below to tweet the following message to President Trump, The White House, and your senators and representatives:
My community stands with ALL refugees! The U.S. should continue to resettle #refugees! #wewelcomerefugees
“Today, millions of people have had to flee home, safety, family and livelihood due to threats of violence. And each one of these refugees has a name and story. As fear overcomes us, our ability to see facts clearly also dims. We need clear facts on the issue, not alternative erroneous ones, when it comes to refugees. ‘Alternative facts’ can have incredibly harmful consequences for people made in the image of God who are seeking refuge from violence, oppression and poverty.” — Ed Stetzer | Read full article
“The decision to restrict all entry of refugees and other immigrants … contradicts the American tradition of welcoming families who come to the United States to start their lives again in safety and dignity. The American people — most of whom can trace their own families’ stories through a similar immigrant journey in search of freedom — are a hospitable people.” — Scott Arbeiter, President of World Relief
Click here to download a refugee advocacy toolkit.
Support the BRIDGE Act
Hundreds of thousands of children have been brought to the U.S. by their parents as undocumented immigrants. Many of these children have subsequently lived here for years. They have gone to school in the U.S. and established a life here. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security established the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program to allow for the deferral of deportation for these youth and allowing them to apply for permission to work in the U.S. More than 700,000 young people have benefited from this policy—and in turn have been able to work, support their families, continue their education, and give back to their communities.
The BRIDGE Act (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) was recently introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators to sustain the temporary relief from deportation offered to young people through the DACA program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the U.S. as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the US without the fear of deportation so long as these young people have shown a commitment to education and have no history of serious crime.
Ways to Act
3. Watch and Share This Video Story of One Individual Who Would Benefit from the BRIDGE Act
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.
Ways to Act
1. Read more on the 1-year anniversary of the conflict and what can be done to end the crisis
2. Read a recent statement signed by World Relief and 60 other NGOs calling for specific actions around South Sudan.
3. 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.
Ways to Act
1. 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.
2. 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.
Ways to Act
1. Send a letter to lawmakers urging them to take action to support peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2. 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.
Ways to Act
2. 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.
3. Send a letter to lawmakers urging them to take Action for immigration reform!
4. Read more regarding our work on immigration reform, including the G92 student movement, toolkits, statements, blogs, learning guides, etc.
5. 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.
Ways to Act
1. Send a letter to President Trump , urging him to take action to help refugees waiting in limbo in the resettlement process.
2. Read more regarding letters and news articles to protect persecuted refugees.