Advocacy and Organizing
CWS grassroots advocacy efforts encompass thousands of congregations and individuals, working to advance policies that address our priority concerns including refugee resettlement and the rights and dignity of all migrants; the elimination of global hunger and poverty; disaster risk reduction and climate change; and resolving man-made conflicts.
Grounded in faith, our advocacy work seeks to build and strengthen relationships, build partnerships and coalitions, and advocate for a more just and peaceful world.
In recent years, as policy changes have threatened the lives of immigrants and refugees, we have ramped up our efforts to ensure that communities across the country remain places of welcome and hope. At the state level, we are at the forefront, mobilizing our network and partners to make their voices heard. We continue to grow our efforts to advocate alongside immigrant and refugee leaders—from the streets of their communities to the halls of Congress.
Executive Order on Census Prioritizes Partisanship Over Community
Washington, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s Executive Order preventing undocumented immigrants in the United States from being counted in the apportionment base in the 2020 Census, John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement: “This order is illegal and unconstitutional, full stop. The census is one of the most important tools our …
Faith-based Coalition Condemns Trump Administration’s Rollback of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Washington, DC – Church World Service today joined with a coalition of diverse faith organizations in denouncing new rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by the Trump Administration. The rollbacks, done under the auspices of streamlining construction projects such as pipelines, highways, drill sites, new factories or major builds on federal lands, would put communities at risk of …
Judge Kelly’s Decision to Strike Down Trump’s Second Asylum Ban Will Save Lives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020 CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org Judge Kelly’s Decision to Strike Down Trump’s Second Asylum Ban Will Save Lives Faith groups welcome today’s decision to reverse arbitrary third-country transit ban Washington, DC: CWS welcomes today’s decision by Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia striking down President Trump’s second asylum ban. The cruel ban …