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Church World Service Announces Rick Santos as Future President and CEO

October 28, 2020

New York City—Church World Service today proudly announced that its Board of Directors has selected Rick Santos as the organization’s upcoming President and CEO. The announcement comes ahead of Reverend John L. McCullough stepping down from the position next year. Santos, who was recently President and CEO of IMA World Health, previously served for more than ten years at Church …

New Historic-Low Presidential Determination on Refugees is Signed

The signing comes after weeks of delay, further lowers the annual resettlement goal to 15,000, and drives the life-saving U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program to its weakest point. New York City–Last night President Trump signed a new discriminatory and cruel Fiscal Year 2021 refugee admissions goal that will cap admissions at 15,000 and harmfully restrict arrivals based on limited categories of …

CWS Mourns Death of Walter Wallace Jr.

October 27, 2020

Wallace Jr. Deserved Care During a Crisis, Not Lethal Force Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today mourns with the family of Walter Wallace Jr., a Philadelphia man killed last night at the hands of police. Wallace, who was armed with a knife and reportedly was experiencing a mental health crisis, was shot multiple times after refusing to drop the weapon. Following …

Older Adults in Haiti Facing Food Shortages and Growing Worries Due to Covid-19, New Study Finds

October 12, 2020

Port-au-Prince — A new report issued today finds that Haiti’s older population is struggling to satisfy urgent needs under restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The report details how many older Haitians are facing mounting hunger, near-constant stress, uncertainty about healthcare and growing economic difficulties. Today’s release, conducted in partnership between Church World Service …

Trump Administration Violates Moral and Legal Obligations, Delays Setting Refugee Admissions Goal Halting Historic Resettlement Program

October 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2020        CONTACT: Trump Administration Violates Moral and Legal Obligations, Delays Setting Refugee Admissions Goal, Halting Historic Resettlement Program White House recommends resettlement ceiling of 15,000, fails to consult with Congress and set official Presidential Determination by Fiscal Year deadline New York City–Church World Service today expressed outrage over the Trump Administration’s report to Congress …