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Emergency Appeal: Flash Floods and Landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

April 12, 2021

Appeal Code: 7102 Situation Floods, flash floods and landslides have caused significant damage in Indonesia’s southern-most province of East Nusa Tenggara as well as neighboring Timor-Leste. Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja, one of the most destructive storms to hit the region in years, turned communities into wastelands of mud and uprooted trees, sending thousands fleeing to shelters. Many roads …

State and Local Elected Leaders Urge Biden to Immediately Increase Refugee Admissions

April 6, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2021        CONTACT: State and Local Elected Leaders Urge Biden to Immediately Increase Refugee Admissions 124 Elected Officials Send Letter to Biden Pressing him to Sign his Proposed Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY21 Washington, D.C.—Church World Service, HIAS, the International Rescue Committee, and the International Refugee Assistance Project today jointly applauded a …

U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Petitions World Bank to Take Climate Action, End Fossil Fuel Support

April 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – A coalition of faith-based organizations in the United States today delivered a petition calling on the World Bank to immediately halt its continued subsidization of fossil fuels.The call comes ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the World Bank’s executive directors, in which they will discuss the organization’s Climate Change Action Plan. Today’s petition was organized and delivered as …

Letter: CMDP to Biden March 2021

March 30, 2021

Read the full letter CWS joined with 8 other organizations to send a letter to the Biden administration setting an agenda for how the administration should approach its report on policy options to address climate change and forced migration, as called for in a February EO from President Biden. The report is due to the president on August 3.

United Methodist Committee on Relief Joins with CWS to Help Asylum Seekers Find Pathway to Safety in “Leading with Welcome” Program 

Atlanta, Ga.—Recognizing that the situation at the United States-Mexico border requires immediate and dramatic action, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded new funding to Church World Service (CWS) that will be used to help asylum seekers on their journey to safety. Thanks to the grant from UMCOR, CWS will be able to hire additional staff at some UMC …