Press Releases

CWS Draws Attention to World Hunger in 2017 with CROP Hunger Walks and Release of Award-Winning Novel

January 4, 2017

From New York City to Boise, ID, to Charlotte, NC, Church World Service has kicked off another year of CROP Hunger Walks across the nation, along with a new partnership with author Sharon Ewell Foster,  to bring attention to hunger across the globe. Foster has released the CROP Hunger Walk Edition of her award-winning novel, “Abraham’s […]

CWS Statement on Ohio State University Incident

November 28, 2016

“We are heartbroken to learn of the news emerging from Ohio today. CWS stands with Ohio State University students, faculty and staff, and with the broader Columbus community. As authorities conduct their investigation and we learn more about this situation, we pray for the swift recovery of all those injured in this attack. We also […]

With Election Results In, Church World Service Will Continue to Stand in Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants and Address Urgent Global Issues

November 9, 2016

New York – Following the announcement of the 2016 presidential election results, naming Donald J. Trump as the President-elect, the Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, released the following statement. “As one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States and a global humanitarian organization, we have closely followed […]

Media Advisory: CWS Changes Venues for First Community Meeting On New Refugee Resettlement Office in Poughkeepsie, NY

November 8, 2016

NEW YORK—To help accommodate high community interest in the opening of a new refugee resettlement office in Poughkeepsie, NY, Church World Service — a global humanitarian organization and one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States — today announced that it has changed venues for its first informational meeting. The public information session on Thursday, November 10 will […]

CWS Executive Vice President’s 100 Mile Hunger Walk Campaign Launches Beta App to Help Hunger Relief Efforts

October 25, 2016

CWS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S 100 MILE HUNGER WALK CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BETA APP TO HELP HUNGER RELIEF EFFORTS Learn more and download the app today: http://100mile.org/download-the-app/ Campaign to fight hunger continues through the end of the year NEW YORK—Global humanitarian organization CWS today announced that its executive vice president Maurice A. Bloem’s 100 Mile Hunger Walk campaign […]

In Collaboration With World Deeds, CWS Executive Vice President’s 100 Mile Hunger Walk Campaign Debuts Four T-Shirt Designs Benefiting Its Hunger Relief Efforts

October 14, 2016

$8 from every t-shirt purchased to be directed toward the 100 Mile Hunger Walk campaign to fight hunger Check out the new merchandise and buy your t-shirt today: worlddeeds.com/collections/hunger NEW YORK—Church World Service (CWS)—a global humanitarian organization and one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies—today announced that together with the socially and ethically conscious clothing brand […]

Statement from CWS President and CEO on the Appointment of António Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations

October 13, 2016

“On behalf of CWS—a global humanitarian organization and one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies—I extend my heartfelt congratulations to António Guterres on his appointment as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.  “Today, the global community faces a host of common challenges we must confront—together. Not the least of these is addressing the dire and […]

Responding to Growing Need Amid the Global Refugee Crisis, CWS Announces It Will Open New Refugee Resettlement Office in Poughkeepsie, New York

October 11, 2016

Learn more about CWS Poughkeepsie and get involved →  cwspoughkeepsie.org Help support refugees and immigrants in Poughkeepsie by donating today  NEW YORK—Continuing its work to address the demands of the largest displacement crisis in recorded history, Church World Service (CWS)—a global humanitarian organization and one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies—today announced that it will open […]

CWS Celebrates Refugee AmeriCorps Members as Part of One Million Member Milestone

October 7, 2016

CWS CELEBRATES ITS REFUGEE AMERICORPS MEMBERS AS PART OF AMERICORPS’ MILESTONE HONORING ONE MILLION MEMBERS JOINED IN SERVICE Join the conversation online using the hashtags #1of1Million and #ThanksAMillion Learn more about our refugee resettlement work and get involved here.  NEW YORK–Church World Service (CWS)–a global humanitarian organization and one of nine U.S. refugee resettlement agencies–today celebrated […]

CWS Executive Vice President Maurice Bloem Launches Fifth Annual 100 Mile Hunger Walk Campaign

September 29, 2016

NEW YORK— Church World Service — a global humanitarian organization and one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies — today announced that its executive vice president Maurice Bloem has kicked off the fifth 100 Mile Hunger Walk campaign, an annual initiative that raises awareness and funds to fight hunger around the world. A staggering 795 million […]

CWS Releases Policy Statement Condemning the Obama Administration’s Announcement that DHS Will Begin Deporting Haitians Seeking Safety in the US

September 24, 2016

‘How we treat disaster survivors reflects the values that define us as Americans’ Read and share the full policy statement: http://cwsglobal.org/cws-denounces-dhs-policy-to-detain-and-deport-haitian-earthquake-survivors/ WASHINGTON, D.C.—Church World Service (CWS)—a global humanitarian organization and one of nine US resettlement offices—today released a policy statement denouncing the Obama administration’s recent announcement that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will deport Haitians seeking safety in the United States following the devastating earthquake in […]

Statement on Texas State Government’s Announcement to Withdraw from Coordinating Refugee Resettlement

September 21, 2016

Following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that the Texas state government would withdraw from coordinating in the refugee resettlement program, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement: “CWS is deeply disheartened to learn that Governor Abbott has decided to withdraw the Texas state government from the U.S. resettlement program. […]

Statement on the UN Summit Addressing Refugees and Migrants

September 19, 2016

Statement from CWS President and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough on the United Nations Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: “CWS stands encouraged that today––for the first time in history––the international community convenes at the UNGA’s highest levels to address the vital topic of forced displacement around the world. The severity of […]

Faith, National Security, Human Rights and Community Groups Call for Bold Leadership in Face of Refugee Crisis and Upcoming Summits

September 15, 2016

Washington, D.C. – As the world seeks solutions for the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, faith, national security, and community organizations are calling on the United States to show bold leadership in finding solutions to the refugee crisis. As the United Nations and President Obama will host summits to discuss […]

Statement from Church World Service President on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY17 Report to Congress

September 14, 2016

“Today, we face a global refugee crisis of unprecedented scale—and the eyes of the world are upon the United States to lead. CWS commends President Obama on advancing in the right direction and hosting a summit next week with world leaders to address this critical issue. However, the administration’s announcement that the U.S. will resettle […]

CWS welcomes UN acknowledgement of its role in tragic introduction of cholera into Haiti

August 19, 2016

CWS welcomes yesterday’s acknowledgement by the UN of its role in the tragic introduction of cholera into Haiti. This admission came just weeks after CWS helped organize an historic letter in which 158 Members of Congress wrote Secretary of State John Kerry urging swift action. In his public statement, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for UN […]

CWS, Colleagues Applaud Passage of the Global Food Security Act

July 7, 2016

Church World Service joined several dozen colleague agencies in a letter thanking Congress for passing yesterday, July 6, the bi-partisan Global Food Security Act (GFSA). The House of Representatives approved the legislation by a vote of 369 to 53. The Senate passed the GFSA on April 14 and it now goes to President Obama’s desk […]

CWS welcomes Congressional call for UN response to cholera in Haiti

July 5, 2016

CWS applauds Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) and the 158 Members of Congress who last week wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for “immediate and unreserved” leadership on Haiti’s cholera crisis. This historic show of bipartisan collaboration and consensus comes at a critical time for Haiti. More than 10,000 […]

Church World Service Condemns Supreme Court’s Split Decision in DAPA and Expanded DACA

June 23, 2016

Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ announcement of a split decision in United States v. Texas, specifically concerning DAPA and expanded DACA, Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement. “Today, the Supreme Court ignored their chance to stand on the side of compassion and human […]

Church World Service Mourns Orlando Tragedy, Prays for Peace and Healing

June 13, 2016

New York – In response to the horrific attack on members of the LGBTI community in Orlando on Sunday, Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement. “Today, my heart is heavy with the tragic loss of so many lives in a senseless, devastating act of violence. Because […]

CWS Calls on Government of Kenya to Reconsider Decision to Shutter Camps

May 25, 2016

New York – As a faith-based humanitarian agency supported by 37 Protestant and Orthodox member communions, Church World Service stands firm in its belief that the Government of Kenya should provide care and assistance to all individuals within its borders and not cause undue harm to thousands by abandoning its commitment to refugees. As members […]

Faith and Community Leaders Launch National Refugees Welcome Initiative

May 21, 2016

In response to the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, leaders from over 50 national faith and community organizations announced their support for a new national welcoming campaign, Refugees Welcome. Through welcoming dinners and opportunities for refugees to share their stories during worship services and community events, the initiative aims to […]

CWS honors United Methodists

May 19, 2016

by Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service. Excerpted from http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/ecumenical-day-marks-new-relationships The Rev. D. Earl Trent Jr., chairman of the Church World Service board of directors presented the CWS 2016 Ecumenical Award to the United Methodist Council of Bishops on behalf of Church World Service. Joining the presentation were two United Methodist staff leaders with CWS — […]

Church World Service Demands End to Immigration Raids, Calls for Support and Sanctuary to Those Targeted By ICE

May 13, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Despite continued outcry from faith, immigrants’ rights and community leaders, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced their plans to restart raids on Central American families, many of whom fled to the United States after facing extreme violence, persecution and poverty. This latest announcement continues the administration’s enforcement scheme of separating mothers and […]

CWS welcomes Senator Graham amendment which recognizes that climate change is real

April 26, 2016

Church World Service and its 37 member community extend congratulations and appreciation to Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham (SC) for introducing – S.Amdt. 3864 – an amendment on climate change to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, H.R.2028 to the Senate last Friday. “We have been waiting a long time for members of Congress to show […]

CWS President and CEO on Paris Agreement: only the beginning of a long journey?

April 22, 2016

From the Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service: This morning representatives from the United States, China and up to 130 other countries signed the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  Having attended COP 21 myself and participated in many climate debates, I […]

CWS Calls on United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem to Consider Children

April 19, 2016

New York – CWS has added its voice to those calling on the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem to consider the rights of children in its discussions. As of 2015, there were roughly 1.5 million incarcerated people in Latin America and the Caribbean and more than two million children […]

Church World Service Joins Rally at Supreme Court

April 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. — Earlier today, Church World Service joined other faith, community, and immigrants’ rights advocates at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of DAPA and expanded DACA as the Court heard arguments in Texas v. United States. “As an organization closely connected with communities and congregations around the United States, we see firsthand the […]

CWS Calls North Carolina H.B. 2 Contradictory to Faith Value of Protecting the Most Vulnerable

April 8, 2016

New York – Church World Service, an international humanitarian organization focused on serving vulnerable populations, condemned North Carolina’s H.B. 2, the so-called “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” citing concerns of discrimination and rights violations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals. The legislation recently signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory serves to […]

CWS Condemns Indefensible Easter Bombing in Lahore, Pakistan

March 28, 2016

CWS President and CEO the Rev. John L. McCullough condemned the Easter bombing in Lahore, Pakistan. “I cannot think of a more evil act than what unfolded yesterday. The Pakistani people have been put through far too much, more than what anyone should ever have to endure,” McCullough said. “Endurance and resilience speaks to the […]

CWS Condemns Attacks in Brussels and Stands with People of All Faiths Against Extremism

March 22, 2016

Washington – Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough condemned the terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and metro system on Tuesday.  “We express our profound sympathy for the families of the victims and offer our condolences and prayers,” McCullough said. “We stand together with people of all faiths united against […]

CWS applauds the United States Government for its investment of US$500 million to the Green Climate Fund

March 8, 2016

This is a critical contribution which will send encouraging signals to developed and developing countries alike that Climate Change is a global priority that requires swift, urgent action, and unfailing commitment to the world’s poorest, most climate vulnerable communities. As a faith based organization working in more than 30 countries worldwide, CWS has witnessed firsthand […]

Faith Groups File Brief with Supreme Court in Support of DACA and DAPA

Washington – Earlier today, 24 Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant faith-based organizations filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Obama administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The amicus brief, also known as a “friend of the court” brief, supports the administration’s appeal of a previous injunction […]

Faith Communities Respond with Joy to the Release of U.S. 2016 Contributions to the GCF

Washington, DC – March 8, 2016 – A broad coalition of more than 80 national and regional faith-based organizations has been standing together to urge the U.S. Congress and Administration to invest in the Green Climate Fund. Today, they have a reason to celebrate. President Obama has allocated $500 million to the Green Climate Fund […]

Declaration in response to the [upcoming] visit of United States’ President Barack Obama to the Republic of Cuba, on March 21 and 22, 2016.

March 4, 2016

Cuban Council of Churches March 2, 2016 Havana, Cuba The Council of Churches of Cuba welcomes and celebrates the visit of the President of the United States of America to the Republic of Cuba in the month of March. We believe that this visit can be beneficial, not only for both countries, but for the […]

Church World Service Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear United States v. Texas

January 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ announcement that they will consider the Obama administration’s appeal of United States v. Texas, Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement. “The Supreme Court’s decision to hear United States v. Texas is especially important as we see […]

Church World Service Praises Announcement to Improve Processing for Central American Refugees; Calls for End to Raids

January 13, 2016

Washington, D.C. – While Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough, praised the announcement that the administration will increase refugee processing in Central America, he emphasized that this should in no way be seen as a tradeoff for increased raids, deportation, detention and border militarization. Reports have shown children and families […]

CWS statement on the sixth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake

January 12, 2016

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group is a working group of international development, faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations advocating on issues related to U.S. – Haiti policy. CWS is a founding member of HAWG and current co-chair. Statements from HAWG members are below: “Six years after the January 2010 earthquake, CWS continues to act […]

Church World Service Applauds New Hunger Commission Report

January 7, 2016

Church World Service commends the new National Commission on Hunger report, Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America.  “This report is a sign of renewed focus and energy to fight hunger in the United States and a harbinger of the promise we believe ending hunger holds for our most vulnerable […]

Faith and Immigrants’ Rights Leaders Call for End to ICE Raids, Reiterate Support and Sanctuary to Those Hunted By ICE

January 6, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Just days before the Christmas holiday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced their plans to begin raids on Central American families, many of whom fled to the United States after facing extreme violence, persecution and poverty. Faith leaders from across the United States immediately responded in a statement on Christmas Day, offering […]

CWS applauds Omnibus funding increases for development assistance, disaster assistance and global health

December 18, 2015

CWS applauds bipartisan Congressional leadership for the Omnibus appropriations agreement on 2016 funding announced today. This funding increases provisions for several of the critical budget lines on issues on which CWS has long advocated. “These investments are significant and will make a real difference to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” CWS President […]

Church World Service Applauds Timely Omnibus Vote

WASHINGTON – Following today’s passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, Church World Service welcomed the timely vote that ensures funding for the vital functions of the U.S. government. To see the organization’s full statement on the omnibus, please click here. Since 1946, international humanitarian organization Church World Service has assisted displaced individuals internationally and resettled […]

Church World Service Encouraged that Omnibus Does Not Include Anti-Refugee Provisions

December 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – Following the public release of the Omnibus agreement between House and Senate leadership, Church World Service welcomed the fact that the bill does not include provisions to halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. “The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. Congress must ensure […]

Progress made in Paris: but falls short of a fair deal for the world’s poorest communities

December 14, 2015

Church World Service welcomes bold new steps taken by world leaders in Paris, but remains concerned that it is not an equity based climate agreement that puts vulnerable people first. More than 190 countries have contributed to a first, significant international agreement.  Consensus has emerged about the need to limit global warming to 2.00 degrees. […]

U.S. Senators Leahy, Durbin, and Kaine Joined National Faith Leaders to Call for Courage Over Cowardice in the Face of Global Refugee Crisis

December 8, 2015

Leaders Urged Congress to Take a Moral Stand on Refugee Resettlement; Spoke Out Against Inflammatory Rhetoric Towards Refugees and their Families Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris and more recently in San Bernardino, Calif., many have been quick to point fingers and place blame on refugee families fleeing horrific […]

Religious Leaders Send Letter to Congress Urging Support for Syrian Refugees

December 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – In response to H.R. 4038, the so-called “American Security Against Foreign Enemies” (SAFE) Act and rumors that a must-pass appropriations bill may include policy riders to stop the resettlement of refugees from Iraq and Syria, more than 152 bishops, presidents of denominations and CEOs of faith-based organizations, as well as over 450 local […]

Church World Service Supports Administration’s Appeal of DACA/DAPA Injunction

November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction against President Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, leaving millions of individuals living in fear of deportation. Following the court’s ruling, the Obama administration […]

Church World Service Condemns House’s Discriminatory, Anti-Refugee Vote

November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – Despite the repeated calls of refugees, faith leaders and community groups to oppose anti-refugee legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the so-called “American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act.” If this legislation passes the Senate and becomes law, it would grind refugee resettlement to a halt for refugees from Syria […]

National Religious Leaders Urge Governors and Congress to Stop Anti-Refugee Rhetoric and Proposals

November 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – Following announcements from 31 governors that their states will not accept Syrian refugees, and in anticipation of a congressional vote on similar legislation, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim leaders united in opposition to anti-refugee proposals and rhetoric. “We need to make sure that we do not perpetuate the sense of terror that […]

CWS Condemns Attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad; Prays for Peace

November 16, 2015

Washington – Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough condemned the recent series of attacks in France, Lebanon and Iraq that have left hundreds dead and injured. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad,” McCullough said. “These horrendous attacks impact us all. Our hearts and prayers […]

Governors Rejecting Syrian Refugees are Ignoring the Robust Security of U. S. Resettlement Process; Reality that Refugees are Victims of ISIS

WASHINGTON – Responding to recent announcements of certain governors that they will not accept Syrian refugees for resettlement in their states, Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough, urged public officials to avoid knee-jerk reactions, to reject misplaced blame and to stand in solidarity with Syrian refugees, who are themselves victims […]

Religious leaders call Fifth Circuit ruling on immigration unjust, call on Supreme Court to take it up

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Following the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Texas v. U.S., religious leaders and faith-based organizations across the country are asking the Supreme Court to support the Obama administration’s appeal and reverse the ruling. Last November, President Obama announced executive actions to create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program […]

Church World Service Condemns Rep. Steve King’s Attack on Immigrants

November 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Steve King (IA-4) introduced “Ending the Sanctuary Capitol Policy Act of 2015,” legislation allowing for Capitol Police to ask protesters about their immigration status while on Capitol grounds. Humanitarian organization Church World Service announced its firm opposition to this bill, citing concerns that an anti-immigrant law of this nature would lead […]

Bonn negotiations fail to fix the Paris agreement

October 29, 2015

The latest leg of negotiations before the Paris climate summit just concluded in Bonn, Germany, with little progress made towards the anticipated comprehensive climate change agreement. Ideally, a draft agreement should have been ready by now, to enable world leaders to adopt it in December. “There is no agreement about climate finance, the major questions […]

Church World Service condemns signing of North Carolina’s anti-immigrant H.B. 318

October 28, 2015

WASHINGTON – Despite weeks of protest from religious and community leaders across the state and country, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed H.B. 318 into law earlier today in Greensboro. “Legislation like H.B. 318 does not represent the true values of our communities,” CWS President and CEO the Rev. John L. McCullough said. “This legislation […]

Joint Appeal Church World Service and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe: Urge Governments to Resettle Substantial Numbers of Syrian Refugees, Uphold Commitments to Protection

October 26, 2015

Church World Service (CWS), a humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), bringing together 30 Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant churches and church-related organizations working on migration and integration, refugees and asylum, and against racism and discrimination, […]

Church World Service Applauds Expansion of Family Reunification Program

October 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Assisting refugees around the world and serving as one of nine refugee resettlement agencies the United States, Church World Service applauds the U.S. State Department’s recent expansion of the P-3 Family Reunification Program to include same-sex partners. “We are facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. As people […]

Over 1,000 Religious Leaders Urge Senators to Stop the Attack on Sanctuary Cities

October 19, 2015

In response to anti-sanctuary city legislation, religious leaders from many faith traditions signed a letter urging Senators to vote against such legislation WASHINGTON – As the Senate prepares to vote Tuesday on S. 2146, The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, more than 1,000 faith leaders from across the United States are asking Senators […]

Church World Service Opposes North Carolina Anti-Immigrant H.B. 318, Urges Governor McCrory to Veto

September 30, 2015

Humanitarian organization Church World Service strongly opposes North Carolina’s anti-immigrant House Bill 318 that recently passed the General Assembly. This bill takes away local jurisdictions’ right to determine how they practice community policing. This type of legislation creates a hostile environment, leading to discrimination and racial profiling for all immigrants and people of color, regardless […]

CWS Strongly Opposes The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act, H.R. 3573

September 28, 2015

As a network of 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the country, Church World Service strongly opposes H.R. 3573, The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act. This bill, sponsored by Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), would layer bureaucracy around the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program that would drastically reduce its ability […]

Faith Leaders Join Together, Ask U.S. to Increase Support for Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON – As the public support for increased Syrian refugee resettlement grows along with the need for larger resettlement numbers, senior religious leaders and experts from humanitarian organizations Church World Service and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service called for an increase in overall resettlement numbers, including at least 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. “We are […]

Longtime CWS staff member, now retired, honored with Iowa Humanitarian Award

September 24, 2015

(Des Moines, IA)  – Longtime Church World Service staff member, the Rev. Russ Melby will be able to commemorate his retirement after three decades of service in fighting hunger and poverty when he receives the annual Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award in Des Moines Thursday. “Russ Melby embodied so much of what Church […]

Faith groups call on Pope to remain resolute in commitment to poor, planet during U.S. visit

September 22, 2015

NEW YORK – As the leader of more than 1 billion Roman Catholics worldwide visits the U.S. and addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24., a group of faith-based agencies is asking Pope Francis to speak boldly about the moral mandate to improve the lives of the poor and ensuring care […]

CWS Encouraged by Obama Administration’s Resettlement Increase, Reiterates Call for Additional 100,000 Syrians

September 21, 2015

International humanitarian agency says gradual increase is still not enough given Syrian crisis WASHINGTON – Church World Service, one of the nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, applauded the Obama administration’s weekend announcement to increase annual refugee resettlement numbers over the next two years. But the humanitarian agency continued its call for 100,000 […]

Church World Service and other Refugee Resettlement Leaders Discuss Global Refugee Crisis, U.S. Response

September 18, 2015

In response to the global and Syrian refugee crises, Church World Service partnered with other refugee resettlement groups to address the U.S. response and advocate for an increase in resettlement numbers WASHINGTON – As the world continues to search for solutions to the global and Syrian refugee crises, Church World Service joined Refugee Council USA […]

CWS European Partner, World Council of Churches, Statement on European Responses to Refugees and Migrants

September 11, 2015

On behalf of our members, Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Christian service, relief and development organizations, and based on our extensive experience of working with people in situations of extreme precariousness and vulnerability we callon you in your discussion at the Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council to commit to a unified, ambitious and […]

Obama Administration’s Syrian Resettlement Numbers Fall Far Short of Need

September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Obama administration announced that they plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. While some have lauded this as a meaningful increase, in fact it is not. In the face of today’s global refugee crisis, with over 60 million people displaced including 11 million Syrians, Church World Service (CWS) believes […]

U.S. Sanctuary Movement Leaders Applaud Pope Francis’s Call for Churches to Take in Refugees

September 8, 2015

Leaders across the United States involved in the Sanctuary movement applaud Pope Francis’s announcement over the weekend for Catholic parishes across Europe to take in refugees. “Faith communities across the United States have answered the call to provide immigrants with sanctuary, allowing them to stay united with their families and communities as they fight their […]

CWS Statement on Passage of H.R. 3009

July 23, 2015

Following the recent passage of H.R. 3009, The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, Church World Service (CWS) denounced the bill, noting the negative impact it would have on public safety and trust between communities and local police. H.R. 3009 would cut federal funds for community safety programs […]

Statement on Normalized U.S.-Cuba Relations

July 20, 2015

Today, the United States and Cuba officially re-established diplomatic relations and reopened their respective embassies in each other’s capitals. CWS is a staunch advocate for normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba and we celebrate President Obama and President Castro for the work that led to today. Years of dedicated, strategic and consistent ecumenical advocacy […]

Church World Service Applauds DHS Release of Many Families from Detention

July 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Late last week, the Department of Homeland Security began releasing many families from immigration detention centers. Women and children who had passed the credible fear interview process, which is the first hurdle to applying for asylum, were released from the three family immigration detention centers in Berks County, Pa. and Karnes and Dilley, […]

The work of CWS with Cubans for more than 50 years

July 11, 2015

Church World Service is grateful for the opportunity to serve refugees and immigrants arriving from all over the world, including Cuba and Haiti.  CWS is one of two agencies responsible for providing services to Cuban Haitian Entrants in Southern Florida.  Services are provided through a federal program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at […]

El trabajo de CWS con Cubanos por mas de 50 año

July 10, 2015

Church World Service está profundamente agradecido por la oportunidad de asistir y ayudar a refugiados e inmigrantes que proceden de todas las partes del mundo, incluyendo Cuba y Haití.  CWS es una de dos organizaciones responsable por proveer servicios de ayuda a individuos procedentes de Cuba al Sur de la Florida. Estos servicios son administrados […]

Encyclical Charts New Path on Climate Change and Poverty

June 18, 2015

Church World Service adds it voice to the chorus of celebration from faith leaders around the world who have welcomed the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The encyclical is the Vatican’s first such publication on the environment and aims to be an urgent call for action, aimed at religious groups and people […]

Faith and Community Leaders Join to Demand Implementation of Executive Actions on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following nearly a week of protests, fasts and solidarity actions across the United States, faith and religious leaders will break their fast today at 5:30PM. The week’s actions, aimed to draw attention to the lack of implementation of prosecutorial discretion by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, drew more than 250 faith, immigration […]

Faith and community leaders protest immigration hearing, demand an end to separations and deportations

June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, faith and immigration activists protested a hearing held in the House of Representatives on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The joint hearing, organized by the Subcommittee on National Security and the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules, included testimony by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña, […]

CWS calls for support in Tanzania refugee crisis

June 11, 2015

Families displaced by violence face water, food, shelter and safety challenges NEW YORK – International humanitarian assistance agency Church World Service calls on the international community to provide immediate support to an estimated 50,000 Burundi men, women and children who have fled violence and are seeking shelter, primarily in Tanzania. “Tanzania was already home to […]

CWS Domestic Emergency Program Renews Focus on the Most Vulnerable

June 5, 2015

Agency will help refugees, immigrants in the U.S. to become disaster resilient NEW YORK – Global humanitarian agency Church World Service will reposition its U.S. domestic disaster response program to focus on vulnerable groups within disaster-prone areas, including resettled refugee, vulnerable immigrant and undocumented populations. CWS has a rich history of supporting communities impacted by […]

Register for Free May 31 Citizenship Assistance Workshop

May 18, 2015

New York residents can receive free and confidential legal and citizenship application assistance at a workshop scheduled for Sunday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) at Saint Leo’s Church in Flushing, Queens.  The workshop is free, but individuals must register in advance to attend.  The church is located at 104-05 49th Avenue […]

CWS statement regarding The Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act (S.750)

May 6, 2015

Humanitarian organization Church World Service (CWS) opposes S.750, The Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act. This legislation runs contrary to the proud U.S. tradition of welcoming vulnerable populations, ignores international and domestic legal obligations regarding persons fleeing from violence and persecution, and would be harmful to immigrant communities. As Members of the U.S. Senate Committee […]

CWS Statement on April 23 Hearing

April 23, 2015

CWS statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, regarding its hearing on the Central American Minors Refugee / Parole Program on Thursday, April 23, 2015 As the committee discusses the Central American Minors Affidavit of Relationship (CAM/AOR) program, Church World Service (CWS) urges all Senators to recognize the importance of providing safe avenues […]

Statement on President Obama’s Action on Cuba

April 14, 2015

Today, April 14, 2015, President Barack Obama formally submitted a report notifying Congress of his intention to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Church World Service joins many of its member communions, the Cuban Council of Churches and partner churches throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in applauding this action. CWS has […]

End extreme poverty by 2030: CWS joins World Bank in #faith2endpoverty effort

April 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Global humanitarian agency Church World Service today joined communities of faith around the world to call for a bolder commitment to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, as part of the World Bank’s Moral and Spiritual Imperative. “In the Christian tradition, we are called to place the poor and the displaced at the […]

CWS Condemns Attack on Kenyan Students

April 6, 2015

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of 148 individuals who exemplified the promise and possibility of a better Kenya. These students imagined a brighter future by gaining their education, and we hold on to that image of a future that is peaceful, stable and just. CWS has worked in Kenya since 1978, and we […]

Understanding and Addressing Root Causes of Central American Migration to US

March 31, 2015

As the committee discusses the root causes of Central American Migration to the United States, Church World Service urges all members to consider the context of violence and poverty that are forcing children and families to flee from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.1 It is important to note that individuals are not only fleeing to […]

CWS Urges Support for Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS

Dear Members of the United States House of Representatives: As a humanitarian agency that brings together 37 member communions, Church World Service urges you to support H.R. 1568, The Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Vargas (CA-51), Rooney (FL-17), Conyers (MI-13) and Hunter (CA-15). During the past few years […]

Statement on Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” Law

March 30, 2015

Church World Service believes in fairness and equality. Faith is a powerful force that should bring humankind together, rather than tear us apart. As a humanitarian, relief and development agency that has been operational in Elkhart, Indiana since the 1950s, CWS does not support any policy that might be used as a means of discrimination […]

After Pastor Max’s Deportation, DHS Must Offer Humanitarian Parole

March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – After fighting alongside partners and allies for the past two weeks to keep Iowa Mennonite Pastor Max Villatoro with his family and congregation, the Rev. John L. McCullough released the following statement upon learning of his deportation: Today our nation lost a leader and man who brought so much light to our […]

CWS Participating in Major Disaster Risk Reduction Conference

March 12, 2015

CWS will be represented at both the third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held March 14-18, and the parallel Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society, March 14-17. CWS staff members are taking a number of leadership positions at both events, including participation on a discussion on implementing best […]

Haiti for Whom: Five Years after the Haiti Earthquake

March 4, 2015

Washington, D.C. – CWS joined Haitian grassroots leaders and other civil society organizations in urging Congress and the international aid community to expand the role Haitians take in development efforts, including significant investment in sustainable solutions. “We do not need food assistance, we need food security,” CWS Haiti program officer Rony Janvier said as part […]

Haiti Advocacy Working Group Assesses Progress Five Years After Earthquake

March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, March 3. 2015 — On March 4 and 5, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, a working group of international development, faith-based, human rights, and social justice organizations advocating on issues related to U.S.-Haiti policy will examine issues related to humanitarian aid accountability and continued problems of inequality, five years after the […]

‘Reckless court decision on immigration will not stand’

February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, issued the following statement in response to the federal court ruling in Brownsville, Texas: “A lone judge in one state does not speak for the vast majority of Americans who support our nation’s immigrant families and support the President’s broad constitutional authority to offer temporary […]

CWS Statement: Amendments to Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

February 2, 2015

Humanitarian organization Church World Service strongly opposes upcoming legislation that is harmful to immigrant communities.  As an organization convening 37 member communions, CWS draws from the Biblical call to love thy neighbor and welcome the immigrant by assisting displaced persons around the globe and by standing with our brothers and sisters to stop harmful deportations […]

CWS Condemns Anti-Immigrant Vote in U.S. Congress

January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON—Church World Service condemns today’s passage by the House of Representatives of hugely destructive anti-immigrant legislation contained in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2015. The Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, released the following statement: “This vote is a clear and present danger to our nation’s conscience […]

CWS Broadly Rejects Anti-Immigrant Proposals

January 13, 2015

Church World Service urges all Members of Congress to reject proposals that would undo President Obama’s recent actions on immigration or narrow the protections available for children and adults seeking safety in this country. Recently proposed legislation, including certain amendments to the DHS Appropriations bill and H.R. 191 sponsored by Representative Aderholt (R-AL-4), would be […]

Joint Statement on a New Era in U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014

Council of Churches of Cuba Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico and U.S. Religious Leaders Delegation Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rabbi Elhanan ‘Sunny’ Schnitzer, President, Cuba America Jewish Mission PEOPLE OF FAITH throughout the United States and Cuba celebrate […]

CWS Commends President Obama on Cuba Normalization

December 17, 2014

REPORTERS AND EDITORS: The CWS President and CEO led a delegation to Cuba in November and is available for interview in New York. Updated December 17, 2014 at 3 p.m. EST. New York – Church World Service is celebrating a momentous diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba and what it means for humanitarian […]

CWS Condemns Legislative Proposal to Reverse President’s Immigration Action

December 4, 2014

CWS statement on H.R. 5759, the “Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014″ Church World Service urges all members of the House of Representatives to reject proposals that would separate families, deport our community members and be a step backwards in addressing our broken immigration system. Recent legislation introduced by Representative Yoho (R-FL-3), H.R. […]

Championing the Refugee Cause in South Florida

December 1, 2014

CWS South Florida will be celebrating 54 years of building community for refugees during its 2014 Restoring Dignity Annual Charity Event The CWS Restoring Dignity Annual Charity Event will take place on December 5th at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables from 6pm-9pm. Join us as we present the life […]

National Religious & Immigrant Leaders to President: 5 Million Is Not Enough

November 20, 2014

Click here to listen to PRESS TELECONFERENCE AUDIO WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama prepares to make his historic announcement on immigration, national faith and immigrant leaders urge the President not to limit what is in his full legal authority to enact. The President must make his executive order inclusive and provide opportunity and justice for […]

CWS celebra “Acción Ejecutiva Migratoria” del Presidente Obama

Organización humanitaria Servicio Mundial de Iglesias (Church World Service; CWS) da la bienvenida a la decisión del presidente Obama de ofrecer a millones de miembros EU de la comunidad indocumentados la oportunidad de aplicar para el alivio temporal de la deportación. “Nuestro sistema de inmigración ha estado roto durante demasiado tiempo”, dijo el presidente y […]

CWS celebrates President Obama’s “Immigrant Accountability Executive Action”

Humanitarian organization Church World Service welcomes President Obama’s decision to offer millions of U.S. undocumented community members the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation. “Our immigration system has been broken for far too long,” said CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough. “The president has the full constitutional authority, and a […]

CWS Celebrates Champions for Change in Refugee and Immigrant Rights

November 14, 2014

The United Republic of Tanzania has made history by being one of the first African countries to offer citizenship to a large refugee population.  This historic decision to offer over 160,000 refugees citizenship prompted CWS to honor Harrison Mseke, the Director of the Tanzanian Refugee Services Department with the annual John Backer Champion 4 Change […]

U.S., Cuban Religious Leaders Press Humanitarian Case for Prisoners’ Release

November 10, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2014 – The Rev. John L. McCullough and two fellow religious leaders traveled to Cuba last week for the latest in a series of meetings emphasizing the humanitarian reasons for release of American Alan Phillip Gross from prison in Cuba, and of the three members of the “Cuban 5” still […]

National Groups to Hold President to His Promise on Immigration

November 6, 2014

Washington, DC — Today, Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, chair of the CWS board of directors, joined other national leaders from all segments of the pro-immigrant rights movement at a press conference, urging President Barack Obama to seize the moment and use his authority to take administrative action to expand immediate relief from deportations for millions […]

Statement on the Cuban Five and Alan Gross

November 4, 2014

Statement issued by: Joint delegation of American Religious Leaders and Cuban Council of Churches Location: Headquarters, Cuban Council of Churches Havana, Cuba November 4, 2014 Today November 4th, a united call was issued for the humanitarian release of the Cuban 5 and the American Alan Gross. The call was issued by the Cuban Council of […]

CWS Urges U.S. Release of Cuban 5 Detainees, and Cuba Release of U.S. Detainee

October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014–Recently returned from a visit with one of three Cubans held in American prisons, Church World Service (CWS) President and CEO the Rev. John L. McCullough reflected on the intersection of faith and politics as he prepares to travel to Cuba for visits with church leaders, Cuban government officials and the families […]

CWS Statement on Ebola Outbreak

October 23, 2014

CWS continues to monitor the Ebola outbreak and its impact on staff and partners. As a member of ACT Alliance, CWS acknowledges the work of the ACT Alliance Liberia Forum members who are responding, including staff at the Phebe Lutheran Hospital. Additionally, CWS continues to be in close contact with partners IMA World Health and Week […]

Food Prices Down, But Efforts to Increase Food Security Still a Must says CWS

October 9, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2014 –Reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about falling food prices worldwide are good news for the hundreds of millions of impoverished people worldwide who struggle to purchase food for their households. The positive downward trend is a result of good harvests and ample stockpiles, according […]

Pakistan’s Emergencies Require Action Before Problems Grow

October 3, 2014

Church World Service is calling for increased assistance to 1.7 million people who are coping with losing homes, livelihoods, access to food and clean water following devastating floods, before a lack of assistance creates more complex challenges. “We recognize Pakistan presents political challenges and its continuous struggle with natural disasters may force people to turn […]

Climate Change: “Make Our Leaders Turn Their Words into Action,” Says CWS

September 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 — CWS President and CEO the Rev. John L. McCullough today expressed “encouragement” over the global spotlight placed on climate change at a summit held in conjunction with the Sept. 16 – Oct. 1 United Nations General Assembly here and also called for action. McCullough, who has led the humanitarian […]

CWS Joins Nationwide Sanctuary Movement for Immigrants Facing Deportation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sidney Traynham, 703-909-6934, straynham@cwsglobal.org More information at: http://www.sanctuary2014.org Faith communities across country stand with immigrants despite congressional and administration refusal to offer protection Press call audio: http://sanctuary2014.org/press/sanctuary-press-call.mp3 WASHINGTON — CWS is part of a rapidly growing nationwide movement to provide physical sanctuary to immigrants and their families facing deportation.   The movement […]

CWS Encouraged by Positive Trends on Hunger – Though With Plenty Left to Do

September 16, 2014

NEW YORK –The staff and supporters of Church World Service are cheering the news that the number of hungry people globally is declining – by more than 100 million during the last decade and twice that number since 1990-92. But the annual report of the three United Nations food agencies – the Food and Agriculture […]

CWS, Religious Leaders to Obama: ‘Don’t Trade Kids’ Lives in Immigration Action’

September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Rev. John L. McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, joined 39 other national religious leaders in delivering a one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration. With new reports […]

CWS Urges Congress to Pass Clean Supplemental to Help Refugees and Children

August 4, 2014

Church World Service is strongly opposed to two pieces of legislation that the House of Representatives passed on August 1st. H.R. 5230 would deny children a meaningful opportunity to have their story heard or apply for asylum and would deport children to life-threatening situations. While it would provide some funding for the Office of Refugee […]

CWS CEO Arrested at White House Protesting President’s Deportation Policies

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON – At this moment outside of the White House, U.S. Park Police are currently arresting 100+ faith leaders and immigrant rights activists who traveled from across the country to demand that President Barack Obama end his inhumane immigration enforcement policies. Bishops, nuns, rabbis, pastors, workers and impacted immigrants urged the President to stop deportations immediately, […]

CWS Holding Tornado Long-Term Recovery Workshop July 29 in Conway, Arkansas

July 24, 2014

Anyone dedicated to helping rebuild homes and lives in Central Arkansas following the April 27 tornado is invited to attend a day-long training event Tuesday, July 29, in Conway, Ark.  It will be of special interest to long-term recovery leadership, faith-based groups, religious leaders, community leaders, social service organizations, disaster case managers and other persons […]

“Children in Disaster” is Topic of August 12 CWS Webinar

July 23, 2014

Church World Service’s next disaster recovery webinar will be on “Children in Disaster,” and will be live 2 to 3:15 p.m. (U.S. Eastern) Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Learn how you can support this important work with our most vulnerable and also resilient little ones. Presenters will include Kathleen Fry-Miller, Associate Director of Children’s Disaster Services […]

CWS Issues Statement on Israel-Palestine Conflict

As a faith-based agency working around the world to eliminate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice, Church World Service expresses profound sorrow at the military operations taking place in the Israel – Palestine conflict.  We condemn both Hamas militants’ practice of firing rockets into Israel, and Israel’s bombardment of homes, hospitals and other […]

CWS Holding Flood Long-Term Recovery Workshops July 23 and 24 in Florida Panhandle

July 22, 2014

Local disaster long-term recovery leaders who will be guiding their communities through the process of recovering from spring floods in Florida’s panhandle will gather July 23 in Tallahassee and 24 in Milton, Fla., for training in needs assessment, disaster case management, volunteer and construction management, volunteer hosting, and emotional and spiritual care. Church World Service, […]

Do Not Undermine Legal Protection for Vulnerable Children and Families

July 10, 2014

Faith community delivers a 3,800+ signature petition to Administration and Congress calling for protection of unaccompanied children Listen to the press teleconference audio: CLICK HERE View the national faith petition: CLICK HERE WASHINGTON — As Congress considers an emergency funding request from the Obama Administration, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, national religious leaders and faith groups urge […]

CWS Offers Webinar July 15 on ‘American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services’

July 2, 2014

“American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services: A Brief Look at Your American Red Cross” – scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time – will provide an overview of the program and its commitment to be not only a provider of direct services but also a facilitative leader across the entire disaster cycle – Prepare, […]

CWS Responds to President Obama’s Announcements on Immigration

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Today, President Barack Obama made two announcements regarding immigration policies: a letter to Congressional leadership on the administration’s response to the increase in unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America, and a speech indicating future administrative action on immigration in light of House Republicans’ failure to pass legislation. The Rev. John L. McCullough, […]

Community-Based Disaster Recovery Workshops set for July 9 and 10 in Mississippi

June 26, 2014

Free day-long workshops on community-based long-term recovery from disaster will be held July 9 in Tupelo and 10 in Louisville, Miss. The focus will be on meeting unmet needs of survivors of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state May 28, affecting 2,390 homes, 1,119 of them with major damage or total […]

CWS joins forces with Welcome.us to launch 1st annual Immigrant Heritage Month

June 13, 2014

Celebrity PSAs, proclamations raise awareness and encourage Americans to tell their own welcome story WASHINGTON – CWS today joined Welcome.us in kicking off Immigrant Heritage Month. The June celebration in cities and states across the nation honors the accomplishments and the role of immigrants in shaping the history and culture of the United States. “The […]

CWS Joins Faith Leaders in Call to Obama Administration to Put Families First

June 11, 2014

Editors: High-resolution photos of hand-delivery of letter to Secretary Johnson & faith press conference can be downloaded here. Washington – Lamenting the plight of undocumented workers “kept in the shadows, and exploited for cheap labor,” the Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, chair of the CWS board of directors, called for an end to the Obama administration’s […]

Executive Embarks On Third 100-Mile Walk to Raise Awareness about Hunger

June 5, 2014

NEW YORK – For the third year in a row, Maurice Bloem is embarking on a 100-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and money to fight hunger in the United States and around the world. The humanitarian assistance executive will walk through Michigan, Indiana and Illinois for six days this summer (June 15 – 20).  […]

CWS, International Aid Groups Applaud Bipartisan Food Aid Reform Legislation

June 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – CWS today joined a coalition of organizations working to fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the world in welcoming proposed bipartisan legislation that would provide up to 9 million more people with lifesaving aid at no additional cost by using taxpayer dollars more efficiently. The measure, called the Food for Peace Reform Act […]

CWS Offers Free Webinar on Basics of Long-Term Recovery from Disasters

May 29, 2014

June 10-11, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time both days, CWS will present a webinar on Disaster Long-Term Recovery Basics. Led by CWS Emergency Response Specialist Ku’ulei Funn, the two-day webinar will cover a wide range of topics designed to help communities rebuild and recover after a disaster.  It will be useful for clergy and […]

CWS Condemns Delay on Deportation Review

May 28, 2014

CWS decries the Obama administration’s decision yesterday to delay a critical review of deportation policies. Less than two months ago, President Obama called on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review current deportation policies, noting his “deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken […]

CWS joins USAID agreement on fighting hunger

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Church World Service has joined with other US humanitarian organizations to sign a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development to quicken the pace of the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The agreement was signed Monday (May 19) in Washington by Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator, and Samuel A. Worthington, the […]

CWS, Religious Leaders Urge “Bold Executive Action” on Cuba Policy

May 15, 2014

CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough joined other national religious leaders, including several heads of communions and faith-based organizations, in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to initiate “a high-level dialogue” between the United States and Cuba “to address a wide range of issues.” The letter, sent May 7 to the […]

Mission Executive, Research Scientist Two Newest on CWS Board of Directors

May 7, 2014

NEW YORK — CWS, the global humanitarian agency with programs in development and humanitarian affairs, refugee assistance and social justice advocacy today announced the election of two new members to its board of directors. The directors were voted in at the CWS Annual Members Meeting, held in Chicago last week. Dr. Shirley Cason Reed, international […]

New Book a “Disaster Response Toolbox” for Local Congregations

NEW YORK — When disaster strikes, people inevitably turn to local faith communities for help and spiritual care.  A new book prepares congregations to respond effectively and with confidence, whether it’s following a devastating tornado like Joplin, Mo.; a school shooting like Newtown, Conn.; a superstorm like Katrina or Sandy, or an individual house fire. […]

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Honored With 2014 CWS Ecumenical Award

NEW YORK — CWS presented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with the 2014 CWS Ecumenical Award at the its annual members meeting, April 29-30 in Chicago.  The archdiocese was honored for its “significant contributions to the governance of CWS, visionary leadership and for its witness on matters of public policy.” In accepting the award […]

Faith in Congress for All God’s Children

WASHINGTON — CWS is sending representatives to join other partner organizations of the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance and faith leaders from across the country in meetings with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of important foreign assistance programs that protect all of God’s children. Recognizing the significant strides made in ending poverty […]

CWS Calls for Release of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

May 6, 2014

CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough today released the following statement urging the return of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria: Words cannot express the outrage we and others feel about the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the Islamic organization Boko Haram. We support efforts by the United Nations, the Nigerian and the […]

CWS, Member Communions Strengthen Ties for Work Together

April 30, 2014

CHICAGO – “CWS is about our members, partners, and a myriad of colleagues working together, as institutions and as coalitions, but even more, as people. That is the vision of our faith and our values.” With those words, CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough, described the relationship between CWS and its member communions […]

Free “Disability and Disaster” Webinar

April 10, 2014

Learn more about how to include people with disabilities in every stage of disaster preparedness and recovery, including as experts and resource providers. Join a free, one-hour webinar! “Disability and Disaster” 2 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, April 22. Register now! Church World Service is sponsoring the webinar for anyone involved in disaster response, including members of […]

Three “Disaster Recovery Training Days” to be held in Indiana

CORRECTED AND UPDATED  April 23, 2014 – Persons interested in helping Indiana communities rebuild and recover following last fall’s tornados and flooding – and from inevitable future disasters – are invited to attend one of three free “Disaster Recovery Training Days” to be held across Indiana in April and May. The “Training Days” are being […]

“Fast for Families” Returns to National Mall

April 9, 2014

Visit to Capitol Continues Push for Immigration Reform Vote in House WASHINGTON, DC – After seven weeks, more than 18,000 miles and 90+ congressional districts, the “Fast for Families Across America” buses today completed their journey by returning to the National Mall where the Fast for Families movement originally began. The buses were greeted by […]

CWS Statement on Pearce-O’Rourke Bill

Church World Service (CWS) welcomes Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) recent introduction of the bipartisan Border Enforcement, Accountability, Oversight, and Community Engagement Act, H.R. 4303. This legislation responds to the needs of border communities by increasing transparency, opportunities for community input, and training for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. H.R. […]

CWS Statement on Discharge Petition

March 26, 2014

Church World Service applauds Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for filing a discharge petition to bring immigration reform to the floor of the House for a vote. This move signals a strong commitment to reform and a refusal to allow our legislative process be held hostage by a minority of representatives who are disregarding public demand […]

CWS Statement on President Obama’s Call for Review of Deportation Policies

March 20, 2014

Church World Service (CWS) welcomes President Obama’s call for a review of deportation policies, and urges the administration to use its authority to suspend deportations and allow all undocumented immigrants to apply for deferred action. Last week, the President expressed “deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from […]

CWS Statement on House of Representatives’ Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Church World Service (CWS) is strongly opposed to two anti-immigrant bills recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4138, The Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act (ENFORCE Act) and H.R. 3973, The Faithful Execution of the Law Act both passed the House of Representatives last week. […]

CWS Applauds FAO, Government Cooperation in Efforts to End Asia-Pacific Hunger

March 14, 2014

NEW YORK, NY–Humanitarian agency Church World Service welcomes the decision by delegates from 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific to work closely with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to bolster efforts to erase hunger and achieve food security for the region. “With hunger being a challenge worldwide,” said CWS President and […]

Cuban Church Leaders to Push for Improved Cuba-U.S. Relations

February 25, 2014

CWS Head Calls Faith Community to Action Washington — As a delegation from the Cuban Council of Churches prepares to meet with administration officials and members of Congress during a Feb. 26-27 visit to Washington, D.C., CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough is calling the U.S. faith community to action around improved relations […]

A Commitment to Refugees

January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON – A CWS vice president has affirmed the agency’s commitment to refugee processing and resettlement before a U.S. Senate committee. “I have seen refugee camps with third-generation children running about the camp ground, and that while it is on no one’s legislative agenda today, we need to understand and commit ourselves to the time […]

CWS Responds to House Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform”

January 30, 2014

Church World Service believes that the recently released standards from U.S. House Republicans are a step forward in addressing urgently needed immigration reform. However, these standards fall short of the reform needed to create an immigration system that honors families, creates opportunity and lives up to our best potential as a nation. “We are pleased […]

CWS Joins Fast for Families in Next Phase of Campaign

January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON – CWS today joined Fast for Families in announcing the next phase of the campaign to enact commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Building on momentum created last year, “Fast for Families Across America” will visit more than 100 congressional districts in the coming months to engage constituents in a dialogue about […]

2014 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference Highlights Peacebuilding

January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON—People of faith from throughout the U.S. and around the world will gather in Washington, D.C. to focus on peace-building at Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014. The theme for the March 21-24 assembly is “Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace.”  The annual event, now in its 12th year, is co-sponsored by global humanitarian agency CWS, with […]

CWS Applauds Passage of International Food Aid Funding and Reforms

January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — CWS today joined 16 other international development, relief and advocacy groups in applauding Congress for approving funding and reforms that will increase the efficiency of international food aid programs and also make it possible for the assistance to reach more of the world’s most vulnerable people. In a statement to members of […]

CWS: “World must fulfill the promise to Haiti earthquake survivors”

January 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Four years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, “nearly every Haitian family struggles to overcome the travails of Haiti’s worst moment, and more than 145,000 remain without permanent shelter,” notes CWS President and CEO John McCullough prior to the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 quake.  McCullough joined a CWS local partner […]

In Remembrance of Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013

By Rev. John L. McCullough For nearly 30 years, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island and other locales for his anti-apartheid activism. Today a different shadow is cast on Robben Island as we remember and honor the memory of Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s death is not only felt as a deep emotional loss for South […]

Flood Recovery Workshops to be Held in Greeley, Loveland, Boulder

November 26, 2013

Day-long workshops on long-term recovery from disaster will be held Dec. 10 in Greeley, 11 in Loveland, and 12 in Boulder, Colo. The focus will be on meeting unmet needs of survivors of devastating storms and flooding in September. The free “Recovery Tools and Training” workshops, developed by the ecumenical humanitarian agency Church World Service, […]

Refugee Congress Set for Dec. 9-10 in D.C.

November 21, 2013

Church World Service is sponsoring several resettled refugees to join former refugees from Syria, Iraq, Rwanda and 20 other nations–all of whom now call the U.S. home– at a Dec. 9 – 10 gathering in the nation’s capital to meet policymakers and to ensure the refugee voice is part of the conversation on U.S. refugee […]

#FamilyIs: Global Campaign on Google+ to Connect Separated Refugee Families

November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time for family to be together. But not everyone is fortunate enough to be with their family. This holiday season, Church World Service, Refugees United and the UN Refugee Agency will bring together families torn apart by war and disaster on Google+ via the free, multi-person broadcast video calling feature, Hangouts On […]

CWS Denounces Speaker Boehner’s Unwillingness to Govern

November 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -— Church World Service denounces Speaker John Boehner’s recent refusal to work with the US Senate to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. CWS joins the immigrant rights, faith and community groups across the country that are outraged by the Speaker’s rejection of his responsibility to govern. The Rev. John McCullough, CWS President […]

CWS, Immigrants’ Rights Groups Launch ‘Fast for Families’ at Capitol’s Doorstep

November 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – As communities across the country continue to escalate their campaign for genuine immigration reform and pressure leadership in the House of Representatives, faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders announced today the launch of “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.” Leaders committed to a daily fast in front of […]

CWS Applauds Rep. Denham’s Co-Sponsorship of Immigration Reform Bill

October 28, 2013

Humanitarian agency Church World Service welcomes Representative Jeff Denham’s co-sponsorship of H.R. 15, the House’s version of the bi-partisan Senate immigration reform bill. “We thank Congressman Denham for signing onto this important legislation,” said CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough. “Now that this bill carries support from both Republicans and Democrats, CWS […]

CWS, Faith Leaders Call for High-Level U.S.-Cuba Talks

October 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Rev. John L. McCullough, Church World Service president and CEO, is joining other Christian leaders in calling on President Barack Obama to initiate direct, high-level dialogue with the government of Cuba. “We believe now is the time for the United States to take concrete action to pursue a path toward improved relations […]

70 Prominent Faith Leaders and Locked-Out Workers March on House GOP Offices

October 15, 2013

Ratchets up moral pressure as shutdown harms low-income families, seniors, and veterans. Washington, DC – Today, over 70 prominent religious leaders joined with locked-out federal workers in a pilgrimage, marched on key House GOP offices – including Leadership – and urged an immediate end to the government shutdown. At each office, the group prayed for […]

CWS Joining Tuesday Action to Protest Government Shutdown

October 14, 2013

Washington, DC -– Church World Service is joining a coalition of faith-based groups whose representatives will march to key Republican House offices on Tuesday, Oct. 15, demanding that the government shutdown end because of its effects on workers and the poor. The event will begin at 10:15 am, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Cannon House […]

Faith Leaders Kick Off Day of Action for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

October 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress works to reach a deal that will return the U.S. government to service, top national faith leaders joined Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in calling for bold steps in the House to pass immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a path to citizenship. […]

Dominican Court Ruling Increases Risk of Statelessness, CWS Warns

October 7, 2013

CWS is deeply concerned about a recent decision of the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court which substantially increases the number of Dominicans of Haitian descent at risk of statelessness and also increases their risk of deportation to Haiti, which has no record of their existence. The Sept. 26 ruling says that all children born of persons […]

CWS Welcomes Introduction of House Immigration Reform Bill

October 4, 2013

Church World Service welcomes the introduction of H.R. 15, a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Leader Nancy Pelosi, improves upon S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which passed the Senate in June. “The introduction of this bill provides a clear opportunity for House […]

Hunger Down From Last Year But Hundreds of Millions Still Have Too Little to Eat

October 2, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, according to a report released by the UN food agencies. Responding to the dismal figures, CWS president and CEO the Rev John McCullough said the issue of hunger is “one of the most urgent public policy […]

CWS, Faith Leaders Warn Against Brinkmanship in Budget Talks

September 30, 2013

NEW YORK – Responding to the threat of a possible shutdown of the U.S. government, CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough joined faith leaders in denouncing the political posturing and brinksmanship that have pushed the nation to the edge of a partial cease in government operations for the first time in 17 […]

Staff Safe Following Nairobi Attack

September 27, 2013

All CWS staff in Nairobi are safe and accounted for, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Kenya and those affected by this tragedy. Media relations contacts Angela Rupchock-Schafer, 574-261-6252, arschafer@cwsglobal.org

Faith Communities Demand End to Family Separations

September 26, 2013

Washington — As progress on immigration reform stalls in Congress and record numbers of deportations continue, Church World Service will join advocates across the nation in calling for immigrants’ rights during a National Day of Dignity and Respect on October 5th. “With each passing day, we see another thousand families impacted by the moral stain […]

CWS Disaster Recovery Workshops to be Held in Illinois and Connecticut

September 24, 2013

Day-long workshops on long-term recovery from disaster will be held October 1 in Chicago, October 2 in Lisle and October 4 in Peoria, Ill.  The focus will be on meeting unmet needs of survivors of storms and flooding in April and May whose impact was so severe that 49 Illinois counties received federal disaster declarations. […]

CWS: “Tell Congress to Support Poverty Reducing Foreign Aid”

September 16, 2013

Washington, DC — Humanitarian agency Church World Service is calling people of conscience to action for a National Call-In Day on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to urge members of Congress to support hunger and poverty-focused foreign aid. Despite the fact that the foreign aid budget — a mere one percent of the entire federal budget–saves lives, […]

Cairo Prepares for More Refugees

September 3, 2013

Reporters and editors- experts on displacement available for interview With the number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration in Egypt now at more than 100,000 and expected to continue to grow in the face of intensified military action, humanitarian agency Church World Service joins local efforts in Cairo to provide basic services, education and […]

Red Cross Awards CWS $305,395 for Sandy Recovery Work

August 15, 2013

The American Red Cross has awarded Church World Service $305,395 for its work to help communities that are struggling to recover following Superstorm Sandy. “There are many communities in the storm’s impact area where people are struggling,” CWS Associate Director for Emergency Response, Barry Shade said. “We help bring communities together so that everyone has […]

CWS Supports New Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Foreign Aid

July 25, 2013

Washington – Today bipartisan legislation was introduced to expand the United States’ commitment to improving nutrition, increasing food security and ensuring that small-scale and women farmers have access to the tools and resources needed to feed their families. CWS supports the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 2822) and believes this is an important step in […]

CWS Supports Path to Citizenship for the Undocumented Regardless of Age

July 23, 2013

As the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security considers policy changes that would impact the lives of immigrants who entered the United States as children, Church World Service expresses support for immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship, regardless of age, for our undocumented community members. “While it is encouraging to see […]

Rep. Gutierrez, CWS’s John McCullough Discuss Immigration Reform

July 11, 2013

Congressman announces immigration tour in Republican districts and advocates give overview of actions across the country to build pressure for reform. Washington, DC – This week President Obama is meeting with Democratic members of the House of Representatives and Republican members are meeting to determine the party’s stance and path forward on immigration reform. Meanwhile, […]

Rep. Gutierrez, Immigration Reform Advocates See Path Forward

Download a recording of today’s call. Washington, DC – On a call with press today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) joined immigration reform advocates to discuss this week’s meetings and the path forward for immigration reform in the House of Representatives. “Everyone knows the votes are there in the House if democracy rules and the […]

CWS Offers Free Webinar on Basics of Long-Term Recovery

June 28, 2013

On July 9 and 10, 2013, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time each day, Church World Service Emergency Response Specialist Susanne Gilmore will present a two-part webinar on “Long-Term Recovery Basics.”  The webinar will cover a wide range of topics designed to help communities rebuild and recover after a disaster – such as this spring/summer’s […]

CWS Celebrates Historic Senate Vote for Immigration Reform

June 27, 2013

Church World Service commends the Senate on its critical vote this afternoon to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. The Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a robust bipartisan majority of 68-32. “This vote represents a historic landmark in the path to justice for millions of families across our nation who […]

CWS Urges All Senators: Vote “Yes” for Immigration Reform

June 25, 2013

Moment arrives for Senate vote on legislation after years of advocacy and organizing As the U.S. Senate comes to a final vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, Church World Service urges Senators to vote “yes” in support of the historic legislation. “Our undocumented community members […]

Statement from CWS on the Corker-Hoeven Amendment

June 24, 2013

As the Senate moves toward final passage of the bipartisan immigration reform bill S. 744, CWS urges all Senators to support this effort to improve the lives of our immigrant brothers and sisters. CWS supports this historic effort, as S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, would create a pathway to citizenship […]

CWS Praises 38 Countries Who’ve Halved Hunger

June 17, 2013

New York, N.Y./Galavani, Republic of Georgia – Development and relief agency CWS welcomes the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s announcement on Wednesday that 38 countries, including several where CWS supports local hunger and malnutrition programs, have met the internationally established Millennium Development Goals to cut hunger in half by 2015. The FAO also congratulated […]

Prominent Faith Leaders Advocate for Immigration Reform

Prayer service on West Front Lawn of Capitol kicks off massive push on Gang of Eight Bill At a critical time in the Senate debate on immigration reform, faith leaders from key states are converging on Washington, D.C., to advocate for just and humane immigration reform. On Tuesday morning, pastors, nuns, rabbis, and lay leaders […]

“Don’t Deport My Dad” – Speak Out This Father’s Day

June 14, 2013

As we celebrate Father’s Day on June 16, too many American families will have an empty seat at the table. Church World Service and its partners are working together to raise the voices of these families and to call Americans to action through the online Father’s Day campaign: #DontDeportMyDad. Every day, the U.S. government deports […]

CWS Mourns the Loss of Senator Lautenberg

June 3, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. – CWS mourns the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, a long-standing champion of refugees and religious minorities. The Senator died this morning in New York at age 89. “While we mourn his death, we also celebrate his life and his legacy of service,” said Rev. John McCullough, President and […]

CWS to Congress: Reform Food Aid to Feed More People

May 29, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — The nearly $1.5 billion  that the government provides each year for food aid helps stave off malnutrition, starvation, and even death for millions of people around the world who live in food insecure communities.  But if new Congressional legislation– with a Senate amendment expected to come up for a vote next week– […]

CWS Commends Judiciary Committee for Advancing Immigration Bill

May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — In a statement released today, CWS commended the Senate Judiciary Committee for its vote to send a bipartisan immigration reform bill to the full Senate for consideration: “CWS commends Senator Patrick Leahy and his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving forward Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and […]

CWS readying to respond to massive Oklahoma tornado disaster

May 20, 2013

NEW YORK – Disaster relief and recovery agency Church World Service has announced that it will respond to the extensive damage caused by this afternoon’s tornadoes in the Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla. area, including provision of emergency supplies as needed. Whole neighborhoods have been decimated in the path of a massive EF-4 tornado initially […]

CWS Statement for Meeting on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

May 15, 2013

CWS Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program Director Erol Kekic attended a US Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Public Meeting on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Wednesday, May 15 in Washington, DC.  Here is the statement Kekic read,noting U.S. leadership in protecting, assisting and resettling refugees fleeing persecution and looking for safe haven […]

Clergy Urge Protection of Family Unity in Immigration Bill

Washington, DC — As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the markup of the Immigrant Visa Title II section of the bipartisan immigration bill, prominent clergy leaders are lifting up their prophetic voices and strongly supporting amendments that would strengthen family unity. The faith community remains committed to pro-family immigration reform that unites immigrant families, and […]

CWS Urges Senators to Protect Immigration Bill Provisions

May 8, 2013

Washington, D.C. – On the eve of the Senate’s first markup of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, CWS President and CEO John McCullough joined faith leaders in urging legislators to ensure that comprehensive immigration reform upholds the United States’ proud history and tradition of protecting and welcoming refugees, asylum-seekers, and those fleeing persecution. “As members […]

CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets Now Reaching Illinois

May 3, 2013

Over the past 10 days, Church World Service has shipped nearly 1,500 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to Illinois for flood-affected households and expects to ship thousands more, thereby creating an urgent need for additional supplies. The buckets shipped included 500 that were quickly distributed to people cleaning up after storms and floods by the DuPage […]

CWS Applauds Introduction of Immigration Reform Bill

April 22, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The immigration reform bill introduced last week came before the senate judiciary committee this morning.  Church World Service, which supports reform of the nation’s immigration laws, is grateful that a bill finally has been introduced and pleased that committee chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has committed to an “open process” to debate the […]

CWS Hopeful on Immigration Reform Proposal

April 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Church World Service expressed hope that the bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced on Tuesday by eight senators will provide much needed reform to the country’s immigration system. In a statement released following introduction of the bill, CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough said, “CWS welcomes today’s introduction of a bipartisan […]

Faith Leaders Urge Congress & Obama to Stand by Americans

Faithful Budget for FY 2014 demonstrates how federal budget choices can and must reflect America’s shared values Washington, D.C. -– Church World Service joined a coalition of America’s major national religious organization and leaders on Monday in unveiling the “Faithful Budget for FY 2014” an expression of the faith community’s budget priorities.  The spending proposal […]

CWS and Immigration Advocates to Congress: Act Now on Reform

April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough called on God to “grant us the political and moral courage to truly love and embrace one another, to honor each other’s humanity,” yesterday at a national rally in Washington, D.C. in support of immigration reform. CWS supports immigration reform that includes a path […]

New Report Recommends Government, Donor Agencies Change Supports

April 10, 2013

More refugees than ever before are resettling in cities, even in the face of uncertainty over their ability to thrive in congested, competitive and often poor communities. To address the problem, global humanitarian and refugee agency CWS will, on April 17, launch a series of recommendations that point the way to new opportunities that assist […]

CWS Plans Third Citizenship Workshop in New York

April 4, 2013

En español: Brooklyn event’s pro bono legal assist aims to make naturalization process easier ***EDITORS’ NOTE: Interviews available on request with CWS immigration legal services specialists and New York residents who have become citizens or are now applying for citizenship.*** NEW YORK, N.Y. – Humanitarian agency CWS announced plans today for the third in a […]

CWS Supports Re-Introduction of The Refugee Protection Act

April 1, 2013

Church World Service expresses our support for the Senate and House reintroductions of The Refugee Protection Act.  CWS works to assist refugees and internally displaced persons through a broad range of programs – from conducting interviews with refugee candidates for U.S. resettlement throughout sub-Saharan Africa, to providing resettlement and integration services through a network of […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Recovery Trainings Planned for NYC Outer Boroughs

February 26, 2013

New York, N.Y. – As part of its ongoing work in support of recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, global humanitarian agency Church World Service will present a series of long-term recovery trainings in the outer boroughs of New York City, March 4-7. The three planned workshops in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn are designed to provide […]

Leaders urge courage to change broken & unjust immigration system

February 19, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 115 community activists, clergy, lawyers, DREAMers and immigrants met in Columbus, Ohio, Monday (Feb. 18) in a one-day forum on immigration reform, urging Ohio Senators and Representatives to pass a fair and humane immigration reform bill this year. The conference, held at the Methodist Theological School in nearby Delaware, Ohio, […]

NYC orgs partner to help green card holders become U.S. citizens

February 13, 2013

***EDITORS’ NOTE: Interviews available on request with CWS immigration legal services specialists and naturalized New York residents who’ve become citizens or are now applying for citizenship. New York City, N.Y. — Humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) has joined with other New York legal service providers and nonprofit organizations as part of an unprecedented national […]

CWS to Senate: ‘real progress would be path to citizenship’

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Following this morning’s United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, global humanitarian agency Church World Service issued a statement to all Senate members urging comprehensive reforms that include measures to strengthen family unity and “a workable, clear and attainable path to full citizenship for the approximately 11 million men, women […]

Faith leaders hold Ash Wed. services outside of senate hearing

WASHINGTON, DC — Diverse clergy from the Franciscan Action Network, Interfaith Worker Justice, Church World Service and the United Church of Christ held an Ash Wednesday Service across the street from the Hart Senate office building today, where the Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on immigration just an hour later. This traditional service included the […]

CWS statement on the House Judiciary Committee Hearing

February 5, 2013

As a 67 year old humanitarian organization, Church World Service welcomes newcomers by helping them integrate into their new communities. Our member denominations and refugee resettlement offices know first-hand the impact that our broken immigration system has had on communities. It is from this lens that we approach immigration policy issues, including today’s hearing, “America’s […]

Major structural, program changes for CWS

New York, N.Y. – Global humanitarian agency CWS has announced a series of programmatic and staffing changes that will help it sharpen its focus and become a more global organization. “CWS has a real opportunity to strengthen its mission in the best interest of those we serve. I am excited about this opportunity,” CWS CEO […]

NYC Organizations Partner on Citizenship Support Assistance

February 1, 2013

New York City, N.Y. – Humanitarian agency Church World Service has joined with other New York legal service providers and nonprofit organizations as part of an unprecedented national network of businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations that have launched a nonpartisan project to transform the system of naturalization assistance – and to help more legal […]

CWS Applauds Obama Leadership on Immigration Reform

January 29, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada – As President Obama unveiled his priorities for immigration reform during a speech at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas today, humanitarian agency Church World Service publicly announced its support for the President’s leadership. The President called on Congress to enact immigration reform that would create a pathway to citizenship for individuals […]

CWS Supports Bipartisan Framework on Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013

Washington, D.C. — Church World Service welcomes the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reformreleased today by Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO) and Flake (R-AZ). These Senators will address the framework in a press conference scheduled for 2:30pm EST today. The framework would create a pathway to […]

Faith Leaders Urge Action on Immigration Reform

January 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. – When members of the new Congress arrived on Capitol Hill yesterday (Jan. 22) they were greeted by calls from some 1,000 faith leaders, all asking the same question: “What are you doing to help enact immigration reform this year?” The query was the centerpiece of a National Faith Call-In Day for Humane […]

CWS Jan. 25 Long Term Recovery Workshop Canceled

January 22, 2013

New York, N.Y. – Because of forecast bad weather global humanitarian agency Church World Service has canceled the last of several scheduled long-term recovery trainings in New York. The canceled event was scheduled for Friday, January 25, at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, a church of the New York City Presbytery. Those who had […]

CWS Coordinating Recovery Trainings in New Jersey, New York

January 11, 2013

New York, N.Y. — As part of its continuing recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, global humanitarian agency Church World Service announced today that it is coordinating a series of long term recovery trainings in New Jersey and New York, scheduled later this month. Presbyterian Disaster Response and local New York and New Jersey Presbyteries are […]

CWS urges action on issues from hunger to immigration

January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter aimed at bringing attention to major issues of concern for humanitarian agency Church World Service, President and CEO John L. McCullough urged President Barack Obama to seek increased foreign assistance for hungry and impoverished people and to lead the way to “fair and generous” immigration reform. Church World Service […]

Advocacy Organizations Hopeful with Haiti Cholera Initiative

December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Humanitarian agency Church World Service on Wednesday joined with American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Environmental Justice Initiative for Haiti, The Episcopal Church, Gender Action, Global Justice Clinic, Grassroots International, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, Other Worlds, Oxfam America, TransAfrica and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, in releasing the following statement in […]

Faith leaders speak out against possible program cuts

November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON — Church World Service Board Chair the Rev. Dr. Earl D. Trent, Jr., joined senior religious officials from 16 states and the heads of some of the nation’s most prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations yesterday to tell the Obama Administration and Congress, “Don’t push the poor and most vulnerable off the ‘fiscal cliff.’” […]

“Don’t Push the Poor and Vulnerable off the ‘Fiscal Cliff'”

November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m. EST at the Bread for the World office building (425 Third Street SW), Church World Service Board Chair the Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, will join senior religious officials from 16 states and the heads of some of the nation’s most prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations […]

ICVA establishes N.Y. presence; Montemurro to work from CWS offices

November 21, 2012

NEW YORK CITY — Church World Service recently welcomed the United States representative for the Geneva-based International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)to its New York City headquarters at the Interchurch Center and its office at the Church Center for the United Nations. The assignment of Marzia Montemurro as director of humanitarian policy for the global […]

CWS Elects Diverse Board to Advance Agency Vision

November 13, 2012

CWS members unanimously elected a new Board of Directors at the humanitarian agency’s October 2012 Annual Members Meeting. Elections to the smaller, non-representative board were drawn from a broad variety of professional backgrounds, including foundations, development agencies, corporations and advocacy organizations. For more than 65 years, the board of Church World Service has been composed […]

Hurricane Sandy: From So. Ohio to Upstate New York, volunteers hasten sending clean-up buckets and emergency kits for survivors

November 2, 2012

For the latest updates, visit our Hurricane Sandy emergency information page. SYRACUSE, N.Y./EATON, Ohio — In the massive relief and initial recovery from Hurricane Sandy, grassroots and church groups around the country are answering an urgent call from humanitarian agency Church World Service for immediate cash contributions – and contributions of emergency clean-up buckets and […]

Hurricane Sandy: Church World Service responds in New Jersey and Cuba

October 29, 2012

For the latest updates, visit our Hurricane Sandy emergency information page. NEW YORK, N.Y. — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating path, humanitarian agency Church World Service has said its initial response is targeting those in immediate need in New Jersey and, in the Caribbean, in Cuba. An expansion of the agency’s responses is […]

Guatemala World Food Day forum will advance food, nutrition security in region

October 3, 2012

Guatemala City, Guatemala – In honor of World Food Day (October 16), global humanitarian agency Church World Service and member organizations of the Regional Program for Food Security and Sovereignty (PRESSAN, El Programa Regional para la Seguridad y Soberanía Alimentaria) will conduct an October 15 press conference in Guatemala City in advance of a regional […]

Tony Hernandez, Myrna Orozco to be honored at Oct. 25 event, NYC Immigration Commissioner Fatima Shama to speak

October 1, 2012

NEW YORK CITY — John Backer spent the first few of his 61 years with Church World Service (CWS) waiting by the piers in New York City.  The reason?  To help new refugee arrivals from World War II-ravaged Europe get to Penn Station to start the train trip to their new resettlement destinations in cities […]

CWS urges Americans to join actions for World Food Day

September 20, 2012

New York, N.Y. — Looking toward World Food Day – Tuesday, October 16 – humanitarian agency Church World Service has called for Americans to make the fight to end hunger a regular part of their daily diets, citing the one in seven people who are hungry in the world, a looming food crisis and, in the U.S., […]

Join CWS in honoring John Backer’s 61 years of service

September 17, 2012

John Backer holds the record as the longest serving employee and volunteer in Church World Service history, totaling 61 years of service in its refugee and international leadership development programs. Beginning in 1950 as a CWS volunteer, Backer would wait by the piers in New York City, helping new refugee arrivals from war-ravaged Europe reach […]

CWS condemns Benghazi violence and inflammatory anti-Muslim actions

September 13, 2012

Washington D.C. – Church World Service expressed sorrow and grave concern today over Tuesday’s violence in Libya that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three U.S. consulate staff members in Benghazi and wounded Libyan citizens. In a statement this morning from CWS President and CEO the Rev. John L. McCullough, the […]

Church World Service, rights groups and NGOs hail Congressional call for UN response to Haiti cholera

July 20, 2012

Washington, D.C. -– Humanitarian agency Church World Service is among a coalition of human rights groups, faith-based organizations and NGOs working for just and sustainable post-earthquake recovery in Haiti who commend a letter sent by 104 members of the U.S. Congress to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, requesting that she urge the […]

Still more needed to protect immigrants, CWS CEO says

June 25, 2012

New York, N.Y. – By striking down three out of four provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070, the U.S. Supreme Court today “has gotten some points right, but has unfortunately left the question of racial profiling to another day and thus prolonged civil and human rights abuses in Arizona,” according to the Rev. John […]

CWS helps meet ongoing needs of Joplin tornado survivors

June 15, 2012

Church World Service, a global humanitarian organization, has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist in meeting the needs of tornado survivors. The Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee is a collaborative group of more than 30 nonprofit and faith-based organizations working to help people affected by the May 22, […]

World Refugee Day 2012 Insert

April 26, 2012

Did you know that half the worlds 15+ million refugees now live in cities? World Refugee Day is June 20, and Church World Service is using the occasion to call attention to the world’s growing population of “urban refugees.” Download our flyer/congregational bulletin insert useable at events and worship services on and around June 20. […]

Long term disaster recovery webinars

On May 1 and 2, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time, the Emergency Response Specialists from Church World Service will present a series of free webinars covering the basics of disaster long term recovery. Each webinar session will be 60 to 75 minutes long, with a 15-minute break between sessions. Attendees may register for the […]

Lawmakers to receive grades on climate change at April 24 Earth Week climate vigil in D.C.

April 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – This year’s commemoration of Earth Week will include a report card day on Capitol Hill when Church World Service and a coalition of faith based advocates present members of Congress with “ethical report cards” grading them on their handling of the climate emergency during a planned April 24 climate change vigil. As […]

Workshop to focus on helping Harrisburg recover from tornado

April 18, 2012

Rev. Bryan Crousore, an emergency response specialist with Church World Service, will conduct a free workshop on “Long-Term Recovery from Disasters” for clergy and community members who are helping people affected by the Feb. 29 tornado in Harrisburg, IL. The workshop will take place on May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Zion […]

CWS’s Herlinger wins DeRose-Hinkhouse writing awards

April 16, 2012

Philadelphia, Pa. – Church World Service writer Chris Herlinger has won two top awards from the Religion Communicators Council for his reporting from Haiti. Herlinger won Best of Class in the categories, writing for publication and specialized writing, in this year’s De Rose-Hinkhouse Awards, announced Thursday, April 12, at the council’s April 12-14 convention, held […]

CWS, interfaith coalition to Congress: Save Farm Bill food aid funding, reform U.S. policies

April 12, 2012

Editors: See full text of letter as sent to members of the Senate: www.churchworldservice.org/farmbill Washington, D.C. — As U.S. lawmakers are set to resume deliberations of the 2012 Farm Bill, global humanitarian agency Church World Service and other members of a leading interfaith coalition called on lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday to fundamentally change U.S. […]

CWS hails USAID Nairobi forum, donor pledges to avert future Horn of Africa crises

April 10, 2012

NEW YORK/NAIROBI — The head of global humanitarian agency Church World Service is hailing fresh commitments announced by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and African development leaders aimed at developing greater drought and famine resilience to prevent future crises in the Horn of Africa. CWS applauded also the U.S. announcement last week that it will […]

Keystone pipeline denial the right decision, says Church World Service

January 18, 2012

Washington, D.C./New York – Church World Service this afternoon applauded President Barack Obama’s decision today denying a permit to move ahead with the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, the hotly debated 1,700 mile-long project that would have run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Just over a month ago, CWS reminded President […]

McCullough re-elected to head global humanitarian agency

January 6, 2012

NEW YORK – Church World Service begins 2012 with the Rev. John L. McCullough re-elected to lead the global humanitarian agency as executive director and CEO for four more years. Over the last four years, McCullough, who has led the agency since 2000, initiated a sweeping vision that challenges CWS to “dramatically expand its capacity […]

‘Meaningful climate action postponed for a decade’ says Church World Service

December 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — Following Sunday’s conclusion of two weeks of talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, Church World Service today issued a statement lamenting the postponement of  “meaningful action” on man-made threats to the atmosphere and planet and again called on President Obama and the U.S. Congress to act boldly to […]

CWS Partner honored for work with exploited children in Boca Chica, DR

November 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY — Denisse Pichardo, founder of a Dominican Republic educational project for children supported by CWS, is the 2011 recipient of an  award that has been called the “Nobel Prize for child advocates” – an annual honor that includes a cash grant of up to $50,000 for honorees’ programs. The World of Children […]

CWS climate change project receives international award

September 16, 2011

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia – A Church World Service project that addresses the energy demands of rural households in the nation of Georgia has been honored with the 2011 ACT Climate Award, which recognizes humanitarian work focused on climate change adaptation. The project, based in the Chokotauri and Khobi districts of Georgia, is carried out in cooperation […]

Church World Service, affiliate agencies featured in CBS Television refugee resettlement special

September 8, 2011

Update:  Watch Refugee Resettlement: Faith Communities Making a Difference here! NEW YORK – CWS Immigration and Refugee Program Director Erol Kekic is featured in Refugee Resettlement: Faith Communities Making A Difference, the upcoming CBS religion special about refugees who resettle in the United States and the key roles that voluntary agencies like Church World Service […]

CWS: Water, food security solutions must be linked to climate change

August 29, 2011

STOCKHOLM — Water, food security and the effects of climate change are now inexorably linked and need to be at the top of the global agenda, say participants at last week’s international World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden. In Africa alone, by 2050 half of the continent’s people will be living in urban areas, […]

Water, food security, climate change: top concerns in an urbanizing world

STOCKHOLM – With its focus on water and global urbanization trends, the just-concluded Aug. 21-27 World Water Week Conference in Stockholm Sweden called on greater funding to assure sufficient clean water resources are available to meet present and future demands in rural and urban areas. Conference participant Mary Obiero, water program coordinator for CWS’s East […]

Church World Service applauds Obama mandate on deportations

August 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Humanitarian agency Church World Service applauds the Obama administration’s announcement Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to United States national security or public safety, and instead would exercise prosecutorial discretion to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals. “This is a big and […]

CWS’ Herlinger wins DeRose-Hinkhouse, ACP writing awards

May 17, 2011

NEW YORK – The Religion Communicators Council and the Associated Church Press have honored reporting from Haiti by Church World Service staffer Chris Herlinger Herlinger, a CWS writer and editor, won two awards of excellence in the RCC’s annual DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards competition. The awards were announced March 31 during the RCC’s annual convention, held […]

CWS praises introduction of refugee reform bill

March 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Church World Service welcomes introduction of refugee reform bill Washington, D.C. — Global humanitarian organization Church World Service applauds Congressman Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.) for his introduction of the Domestic Refugee Reform and Modernization Act. “This legislation is an enormous step forward to improving our nation’s refugee resettlement program.  It will bring […]

Global south partners rate CWS performance

March 14, 2011

In a landmark new international survey, organizations across the global south who partner with humanitarian agency Church World Service have given CWS a reality-based, ground-level view of how they experience the agency’s performance. The findings rated the humanitarian agency highly in some areas and, in others, offered what CWS Deputy Director and Head of Programs […]

Church World Service CEO lauds Obama’s new Cuba travel policies

January 18, 2011

Washington, D.C./New York, NY – The head of faith-based humanitarian agency Church World Service says Friday’s White House decision to ease travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba for religious, educational and cultural exchanges signals “the beginning of a new era of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.” Under the new U.S. policy guidelines, […]