Global Migration: Dignity & Rights
People have always been on the move. But today is different.
Violence and persecution have forced people to leave their homes in record numbers. More than 100 million people are in this situation. More and more people are facing homelessness because of disasters. Climate change continues to add new challenges and strain.
CWS has been focusing on protecting migrants and refugees since our founding in 1946. This plays out in three ways:
First, we work to address the root factors that compel people to leave home. We advocate for urgent responses to the climate crisis, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal is that people can choose to migrate rather than be forced to leave out of desperation.
Second, we meet the needs of people once they are on the move. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've joined allies from around the world to call on governments to protect migrants and refugees during the pandemic.
Third, we amplify the voices of people on the move. Their experiences are a guiding light in ensuring that our programs are effective.
CWS Asylum & Border Services
Beyond Borders: Miguel’s Journey for Survival and Family
Story by: Jose Ruiz Caseworker Tania Landi and Community Engagement Specialist Jose Ruiz recently traveled from New York City to meet with a client, referred to in this story by the pseudonym Miguel, to safeguard his privacy. Miguel’s story is a narrative emblematic of countless others navigating the web of migration’s challenges. In a mountain-filled U.S. city, we met with …
Ekaterina Learns a New Skill
Healthy City is CWS’ local partner in Moldova that works to meet the basic needs of Ukrainian refugees while helping them establish a new life in Moldova. Through Healthy City, Ukrainian refugees were given the opportunity to attend vocational classes at the local academy, Tekwill. The following story is a testimony from one of these participants. My name is Ekaterina, …
StARS Supports Sudanese Refugees in their Search for Safety
Since the beginning of the conflict in Sudan* in April 2023, about 287,230 people have crossed the border to Egypt seeking refuge. When they arrive in Egypt, after experiencing long and difficult journeys, most Sudanese refugees have limited or no resources. They often arrive traumatized from the tragedy they’ve experienced. Many were separated from their families due to visa restrictions …