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CWS joins 12M USD faith-based humanitarian appeal to tackle COVID-19

April 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2020 CONTACT:   Church World Service joins 12 Million USD faith-based humanitarian appeal to tackle COVID-19   New York City–Church World Service together with ACT Alliance, a coalition of churches and religious organizations working in more than 120 countries, has launched a global appeal to help with the humanitarian relief effort for COVID-19. The …

CWS Urges Cessation of Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat, our humanitarian response must be global as well Washington, D.C.: CWS joined a growing number of faith-based and humanitarian organizations and delivered a letter to Congress today urging the immediate lifting of sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and other countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter reflects CWS’ 74-year-long experience as a …

Emergency UPDATE: Flood Relief in Kenya

February 11, 2020

Appeal code: 642X Appeal amount: $500,000 This is an update about our flood response. Click here to read the original appeal. DONATE HERE.  CWS is responding to massive, deadly flooding in two parts of Kenya: West Pokot County and the Tana River delta. In both areas, we have responded with a month of emergency food rations for families who were …

Expanded Muslim Ban is Discriminatory and Morally Reprehensible

January 31, 2020

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2020 Contact: Expanded Muslim Ban is Discriminatory and Morally Reprehensible Congress must pass the No Ban Act and end to the administration’s harmful Muslim, Refugee, and Asylum Bans   Washington, D.C. — Church World Service today condemned the Trump administration’s expansion of its cruel and unnecessary Muslim ban. The expanded ban will now suspend …

Judge Grants CWS Petition Blocking Executive Order Giving Veto Power to State and Local Officials in Refugee Resettlement

January 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2020       CONTACT: JUDGE BLOCKS EXECUTIVE ORDER GIVING VETO POWER TO STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IN REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Three faith-based resettlement agencies brought the challenge against the unprecedented order (Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first …