CWS Statement on World Refugee Day 2017

June 20, 2017

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Cws Statement On World Refugee Day 2017

NEW YORKMarking World Refugee Day this June 20, CWS President and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement:

“This World Refugee Day and every day, we commemorate the strength and resilience of the millions of displaced persons all over the world fleeing war, violence and persecution. We continue to pray for their safety–and for long-lasting solutions that address the underlying causes of forced displacement in the first place.

“Here in the United States, we pledge to do everything in our capacity to offer refugees the chance to build their lives anew. This entails safeguarding our country’s proud legacy of welcome and maintaining robust refugee resettlement.

“We vow to keep urging our local, state and national leaders to continue admitting more refugees to the United States–as our nation historically and successfully has for generations. Just today, we are heartened to see the extensive community support for refugees in cities and states across America.

“We cannot avert our eyes nor shirk our international duties in the massive displacement crisis before us–especially as a global leader. On this momentous day and hereafter, we implore our president: let us exhibit leadership and foresight in the international arena. Let us commit to compassion and moral courage as we tackle our global community’s humanitarian challenges.”

“After all, we are all greater as one.”

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at