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CWS Stands with St. Louis Communities, Calls on Law Enforcement to Uphold Moral Standards of Law, Justice and Peace

September 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2017 CONTACT: As a faith-based organization and cooperative effort of 37 member communions, Church World Service looks to our tradition and sacred texts that remind us that we are all created in the image of God with inherent dignity. Today, we express our sympathy and solidarity for our community […]

Emergency Appeal: Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

September 15, 2017

Appeal code: 6770 Appeal amount: $250,000  Situation Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba on September 8 and stayed over the nation as a Category 5 storm for more than 72 hours. Wind speeds topped 125 miles per hour. According to ACT Alliance Member Consejo de Iglesias de Cuba, “Among the most significant effects are the loss of ten lives…the total […]

CWS Statement on Reports of the Trump Administration Unveiling Refugee Admission Target Under 50,000

September 13, 2017

“CWS is appalled by reports that the Trump administration may unveil a refugee admissions target of even less than 50,000—already an unprecedented low—for the next fiscal year,” said Executive Director for the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program Erol Kekic. “This is insufficient and unconscionable—especially as the global migrant crisis continues to escalate, with more than […]

Updated Emergency Appeal: U.S. Hurricane Response

September 11, 2017

Appeal code: 628-G  Appeal amount: $500,000  This is an update to the August 29 appeal, which can be found here. Situation Just over two weeks after Hurricane Harvey battered Texas’s Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma churned north along Florida’s Gulf Coast this weekend. Although Irma has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, it left as many as 6.5 million people across Florida without […]

Church World Service Condemns Operation Mega

September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:      Concerned about future raids targeting undocumented immigrants Washington, D.C. – CWS was shocked to learn that after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was terminated, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was planning massive raids in the month of September to detain and deport undocumented members of the […]