Press Releases

CWS signs letter to Biden administration regarding White House faith-based and community partnerships office

January 21, 2021

On January 21, 2021, CWS signed the following letter to President Biden:  Dear Mr. President, We write as national faith-based bodies and organizations requesting that you re-establish a robust White House faith-based office. We deeply appreciate the outreach of your Biden-Harris transition teams over the past two months—truly validating that your Administration sees faith partners across a range of faith …

President Biden and Vice President Harris Move to Enact Humane Immigration Reform and to  Restore Refugee and Asylum Protections

January 20, 2021

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today applauded the Biden-Harris administration for making immigration and refugee resettlement a priority as they take office. On the morning of Inauguration Day, the new administration announced several steps to ensure that new and prospective Americans will not be forgotten. The Biden administration will send to Congress an historic immigration bill that would provide a pathway …

Church World Service on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today welcomed the Biden-Harris administration into its term in office. CWS congratulates their victory and calls on them to honor their promises to rebuild the refugee resettlement program, fulfill the promise of a compassionate immigration system and return the United States of America to its role as a leader on the global stage. To mark the …

Church World Service Celebrates 30 Years of RSC Africa, Resettlement Milestone

January 13, 2021

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today marked an achievement in the field of refugee resettlement, by resettling over 300,000 refugees from sub-Saharan Africa to the United States over the past thirty years. The organization operates Resettlement Support Center Africa, based in Kenya (with additional offices in South Africa and Tanzania), as part of its global effort to welcome the stranger. The …

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Block on Discriminatory Resettlement Order

January 8, 2021

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today applauded the ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upholding a nationwide injunction, preventing the implementation of an executive order giving state and local officials the power to veto resettlement in their jurisdictions. One year ago, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, ruling …