Policy Statements

CWS Denounces DHS Policy to Detain and Deport Haitian Earthquake Survivors

September 23, 2016

Church World Service (CWS) denounces the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will deport Haitians seeking safety in the United States. As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the country, CWS urges the Administration to affirm the need for robust protections for these vulnerable …

CWS Applauds Expansion of Central American Refugee Protection Programs

July 26, 2016

Following months of advocacy efforts from Church World Service and partners to bring attention to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Central America, the Department of Homeland Security announced the expansion of programs to protect minors and individuals fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As an international organization committed to advocating with those fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle and around …

Leading up to UN Secretary General and President Obama’s Summits on Refugees and Migrants, CWS Urges Action

July 18, 2016

On September 19, 2016, The United Nations General Assembly will, for the first time in history, hold a plenary meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants. The next day, President Obama will bring together world leaders for a summit aimed to collectively realize a 30 percent increase in humanitarian aid; a doubling of global refugee resettlement and admissions …

CWS Strongly Supports The Refugee Protection Act of 2016 (S.3241/H.R.5851)

July 14, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) applauds the re-introduction of The Refugee Protection Act, and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor the bill. Refugee resettlement is a longstanding, life-saving American tradition that welcomes refugees who bring their innovative skills, …

CWS Welcomes Introduction of the “Secure the Northern Triangle Act” (S.3106/H.R.5850)

July 12, 2016

As a 70-year old humanitarian organization representing 37 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions and 33 refugee resettlement offices across the United States, Church World Service (CWS) welcomes the introduction of “Secure the Northern Triangle Act” (S.3106/H.R.5850). CWS applauds the provisions affirming protections for refugees, asylum seekers, human trafficking victims, and other vulnerable individuals fleeing persecution and violence. This legislation recognizes …