Press Releases

State and Local Elected Leaders Urge Biden to Immediately Increase Refugee Admissions

April 6, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2021        CONTACT: media@cwsglobal.org State and Local Elected Leaders Urge Biden to Immediately Increase Refugee Admissions 124 Elected Officials Send Letter to Biden Pressing him to Sign his Proposed Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY21 Washington, D.C.—Church World Service, HIAS, the International Rescue Committee, and the International Refugee Assistance Project today jointly applauded a …

U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Petitions World Bank to Take Climate Action, End Fossil Fuel Support

April 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – A coalition of faith-based organizations in the United States today delivered a petition calling on the World Bank to immediately halt its continued subsidization of fossil fuels.The call comes ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the World Bank’s executive directors, in which they will discuss the organization’s Climate Change Action Plan. Today’s petition was organized and delivered as …

United Methodist Committee on Relief Joins with CWS to Help Asylum Seekers Find Pathway to Safety in “Leading with Welcome” Program 

March 30, 2021

Atlanta, Ga.—Recognizing that the situation at the United States-Mexico border requires immediate and dramatic action, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded new funding to Church World Service (CWS) that will be used to help asylum seekers on their journey to safety. Thanks to the grant from UMCOR, CWS will be able to hire additional staff at some UMC …

Churches Unite to Launch Ecumenical Declaration to Expand Welcome, Restore American Leadership on Global Displacement

March 25, 2021

Washington, D.C.— Church World Service and the National Council of Churches today unveiled a new Ecumenical Declaration to Expand Welcome through their Member Denominations and networks by safeguarding immigrant and refugee protection in the United States and beyond. The declaration—comes as the Biden administration has delayed revising the current year’s historic-low resettlement goal, leaving thousands of vulnerable refugees in harm’s …

CWS Praises Introduction of GRACE Act as Important Step towards Rebuilding Refugee Program

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today celebrates that Congress is re-introducing the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act (GRACE) Act, legislation that would rebuild the United States’ legacy of welcome by establishing a minimum refugee admissions goal of 125,000 and increase congressional oversight over the administration’s operations of the resettlement program. The legislation was introduced last night in the Senate by …