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Latest news items

CWS Launches Northern California Office to Welcome New Americans, Aid in Joining our Communities

February 21, 2024

Walnut Creek, CA – Church World Service announced the launch of its new Northern Californian office to provide service to new Californians, including by distributing hygiene and school supplies, directing services to recent migrants, legal support for newcomers, and resources to better understand and identify human trafficking. CWS will do this in partnership with local residents, congregations, and partners on …

CWS Joins with Churches for Middle East Peace, Calling on President Biden for an Immediate, Comprehensive Ceasefire in Gaza

February 15, 2024

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon joined 22 church-based denominational leaders, including Rick Santos, President and CEO of Church World Service, in a letter to President Biden. Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today joined with Churches for Middle East Peace and 22 other faith leaders in a letter to President Biden calling for an …

Border Bill would Pit the Persecuted Against the Persecuted—Benefiting Some, at the Expense of Moral Leadership

February 5, 2024

Washington, DC—Church World Service today condemned restrictions on access to protection for asylum seekers and newcomers in legislation released Sunday. Negotiated by a small, bipartisan group of senators in partnership with the Biden administration—against the wishes of faith communities, service providers, and those who would be directly-impacted—the proposal would continue dismantling crucial protections and undermine the credibility of the United States. CWS urges policymakers …

The Welcome Corps Celebrates First Year of New Service Opportunity for Americans to Privately Sponsor Refugees

January 19, 2024

  WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Welcome Corps is celebrating its first anniversary as the flagship program for private sponsorship of refugees in the United States. Through the Welcome Corps, everyday Americans are stepping up to directly support the resettlement of refugees in communities across the country. In the first year of the program, more than 15,000 Americans answered the call …

CWS Welcomes Two New Members to Board of Directors

January 18, 2024

Mark Storella, Samuel Mwenda Join the CWS Board   New York City – Church World Service today announced that it has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, Ambassador (ret.) Mark Storella and Dr. Samuel Mwenda. Each of these leaders brings decades of experience related to CWS’ mission of building a world where everyone has food, voice and …