Let Congress know that you care about refugees
Urge elected officials to support and improve the refugee resettlement program

World Refugee Day event in Chicago in 2008

Photo: RefugeeOne

 

The current economic climate has had a profound impact on refugees seeking protection abroad and those resettled in the United States. Programs that help refugees have been historically underfunded, and any additional cuts would have devastating effects on refugees.

We want to ensure that refugees receive the vital support needed so that they can build successful new lives and become self-sufficient members of their new communities. The U.S. had made a commitment to help welcome and resettle refugees fleeing persecution that must be upheld and strengthened. A key part of this commitment is robust federal funding of refugee programs.

There are three main accounts that fund refugee protection and resettlement: Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA-State/Foreign Ops); International Disaster Assistance (IDA-State/Foreign Ops); and Refugee & Entrant Assistance (REA-Labor/HHS).  Also, two bills would help improve access to the resettlement program and services for refugees: The Refugee Protection Act (S.1202 and H.R.2185) and the Domestic Refugee Resettlement Reform and Modernization Act (H .R. 1475).

Here's what you can do to help today:

  1. Call your Senators and Representatives
    Ask them to support robust funding for refugee resettlement in Fiscal Year 2013 and beyond. The Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 can connect you to their D.C. offices.  To find out who represents you in Congress, go to www.govtrack.us and enter your zip code.
  2. Write letters to your members of Congress
    Use our online contact form.
  3. Involve your friends and colleagues
    Post this Action Alert to social networking sites and urge others to stand up for refugees!

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