Press Releases

CWS Named National VOAD Member of the Year

May 4, 2022

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2022 CWS Named National VOAD Member of the Year Baltimore, MD– Church World Service has been named the 2022 National VOAD Member of the Year. The honor was announced last night, as part of the National VOAD conference in Baltimore Maryland. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, is a coalition of 70+ of …

CWS Calls on Biden to Set Refugee Admissions Goal at 200,000 for FY23

May 3, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, in partnership with fellow leading refugee resettlement and advocacy organizations, CWS called on the Biden administration to set, in consultation with Congress, a Presidential Determination of 200,000 for the 2023 fiscal year. The call came in a letter from Refugee Council USA, of which CWS is a founding member, asking that the president take this bold …

CWS Welcomes ‘Uniting for Ukraine,’ Calls on Biden Administration to Provide More Permanent Solutions to Aid the Displaced

April 21, 2022

Washington, DC — In response to the Biden administration announcing a parole program welcoming displaced Ukrainians with U.S. ties, CWS calls on the administration to additionally use the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), and other immigrant pathways, to provide more sustainable protection for those at-risk as soon as possible. Today’s announcement of “Uniting for Ukraine” will provide access to humanitarian …

CWS Welcomes Vital Protections for Cameroonians, Calls on Biden Administration to Extend Same to Others at Risk of Return

April 15, 2022

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today welcomed news from the Biden administration designating Temporary Protected Status for Cameroonians already in the United States. The announcement, which comes after years of widespread calls for action as Cameroon faces multiple humanitarian crises and ongoing armed conflict, will protect Cameroonians in the United States from being forcibly returned to danger. CWS notes that as …

Humanitarian Parole Program for Displaced Ukrainians Must Include Robust Protection and Support Services

April 12, 2022

CWS urges the Biden administration to provide families fleeing Ukraine with access to refugee resettlement services Washington, DC — In response to reports that the Biden administration is considering a parole program to expedite welcoming displaced Ukrainians with U.S. ties, CWS urges the administration to maximize the use of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and other immigrant pathways to …