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 of faith, we believe that all refugees, regardless of their religion, race, or sexual orientation should be given the opportunity to start a new life with their family and those they love,” CWS President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough said. “CWS and its 37 member communions celebrate this expansion with those who will finally be reunited with their loved ones. We also remain committed to assisting refugees throughout the family reunification and resettlement process.”

As outlined in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration’s annual report to Congress, refugees who have resettled in the United States will now be allowed to apply for the resettlement of their same-sex partner or unmarried long-time partner.

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees and other displaced people, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty.

Contact: Megan Cagle, Church World Service
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