Press Releases

CWS Urges Cessation of Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat, our humanitarian response must be global as well Washington, D.C.: CWS joined a growing number of faith-based and humanitarian organizations and delivered a letter to Congress today urging the immediate lifting of sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and other countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter reflects CWS’ 74-year-long experience as a …

Expanded Muslim Ban is Discriminatory and Morally Reprehensible

January 31, 2020

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2020 Contact: Media@cwsglobal.org Expanded Muslim Ban is Discriminatory and Morally Reprehensible Congress must pass the No Ban Act and end to the administration’s harmful Muslim, Refugee, and Asylum Bans   Washington, D.C. — Church World Service today condemned the Trump administration’s expansion of its cruel and unnecessary Muslim ban. The expanded ban will now suspend …

Judge Grants CWS Petition Blocking Executive Order Giving Veto Power to State and Local Officials in Refugee Resettlement

January 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2020       CONTACT: media@cwsglobal.org JUDGE BLOCKS EXECUTIVE ORDER GIVING VETO POWER TO STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IN REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Three faith-based resettlement agencies brought the challenge against the unprecedented order (Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first …

CWS Condemns Governor Abbott’s Cruel and Immoral Decision to End Resettlement in Texas, Devastating Refugees Waiting for Family Reunification

January 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2020 CONTACT: media@cwsglobal.org CWS Condemns Governor Abbott’s Cruel and Immoral Decision to End Resettlement in Texas, Devastating Refugees Waiting for Family Reunification Governor Abbott should immediately reverse decision, continue state tradition to welcome refugees   Washington, DC –In response to the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that Texas will block refugees from being resettled in …

CWS Responds to Arguments in Case Challenging Executive Order Allowing State and Local Officials To Block Refugee Resettlement

January 8, 2020

CONTACT: media@cwsglobal.org Greenbelt, MD –This morning the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland heard arguments in the case filed by CWS, HIAS and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order allowing state and local officials to stop refugees from being resettled in their jurisdictions. CWS Senior Vice President for the Immigration and Refugee Program …