Advocacy and Organizing
CWS’ long-term goal is to see that immigrants and refugees are treated equitably, with dignity and respect. Through our network of relationships and resettlement work, we know this goal is achievable. But it can’t be done without real and creative reform, and it can’t be done without building power among refugees.
Now is the time to advocate for that goal. Many factors push people away from their homes, and today we are facing the worst displacement and refugee crisis in global history. There are more than 31 million refugees worldwide, and with emerging humanitarian crises and climate-induced displacement quickly changing the landscape of where people can safely live, this trend is emblematic of the profound need for humanitarian protection. Despite this, we continue to see gaps in investment and education at the nation’s highest levels on how to safely, sustainably, and nimbly respond to forced migration.
Here’s what we’re doing to move people into action, and how you can be in relationship with that movement:
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CWS’ advocacy and organizing work has powerful, transformational outcomes that impact millions of people. This program's annual budget is under $2 million, and every dollar means more leaders who have refugee experience and exposure, more representation, more inclusivity across systems, and a more equitable future for all. Invest in this program with a donation.
CWS’ organizing and policy work - led largely by staff who have lived experience - currently equips its growing network of 2,000+ immigrant and refugee leaders in GA, MI, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX and VA to build collective power of their communities through trainings on leadership development, community organizing, storytelling, and team building. Learn more here about how you, as a refugee leader or ally, can support this work and the team driving it here.
CWS invites you to be part of a growing network of people, organizations, media organizations, and partners who will stand up for refugee and immigrant rights. Join us in helping each other and our elected officials imagine a more sustainable and responsive world of welcome.
Our action alerts include relevant links to additional resources, such as CWS policy statements and policy recommendations that are vetted by refugee leaders to provide key information to policy makers and the public on how legislation and state and national budgets can be more inclusive of and less harmful to new Americans.
Stay updated on CWS’s press statements on relevant current events and their impact on welcome.
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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 …