Advocacy Letters

Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

The adoption of the Compact is a historic achievement, as it represents a comprehensive framework for multilateral cooperation on international migration. It has the real potential to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of our fellow human beings who move in search of a life of dignity and security for themselves and their families.

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Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

As American faith-based and secular organizations working to end poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice in every part of the world, we unequivocally condemn the recent horrendous attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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RI Joins Civil Society Groups Calling for Explicit Reference to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in the GCR

RI Joins Civil Society Groups Calling for Explicit Reference to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in the GCR

At UNGA’s 73 session, RI endorses a joint civil society oral intervention that advocates for an explicit reference to sexual and reproductive health rights in the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

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U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

A group of U.S.-based humanitarian and development NGOs express deep concern over the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

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Joint NGO Statement at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

Joint NGO Statement at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

The development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration comes from an acknowledgement that on every continent there are situations where migrants’ rights are violated and their humanity denied.

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U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Refugees International joined 61 organizations in signing a letter urging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead in passing the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, H.R.3030.

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National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

Former government and humanitarian leaders write to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, urging him to reconsider, amid a decision on the reorganization of the U.S. Department of State, the elimination of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The letter outlines and underscores the unique role the bureau plays in influencing U.S. foreign policy interests and leadership.

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RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI joins with 44 other civil society groups to applaud the final round of negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and highlight the strategic successes of the document.

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RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

Refugees International joined 179 other organizations in support of the statement (below) written in advance of the sixth and final round of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) negotiation process. The statement outlines final observations, concerns, and recommendations for the GCM.

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RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

Refugees International joined 45 other organizations in sending the following letter to Senator Inhofe (Acting Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Senator Reed (Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Representative Thornberry (Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee), and Representative Smith (Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee). The letter urges the U.S. government to strengthen targeted sanctions on Myanmar.

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RI Joins 83 Organizations in Condemning Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

RI Joins 83 Organizations in Condemning Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

RI joined 83 organizations in writing a letter to Congressman Paul Ryan, Senator Mitch McConnell, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Chuck Schumer condemning family separation and detention of asylum seekers at U.S. southern border. While there have been positive policy developments, there are still many children separated from their parents, and the U.S. government continues to advance policies that violate international norms.

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Strengthening the Global Compact on Refugees for Women and Girls

Strengthening the Global Compact on Refugees for Women and Girls

Refugees International joined CARE International, Plan International, the UNSW Forced Migration Network, and the Women’s Refugee Commission in suggesting the following changes to the third draft of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) related to women and girls ahead of the fifth round of consultations on June 12-13, 2018 in Geneva.

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RI Joins 27 Organizations Calling For The U.S. To Honor Its UN Funding Commitments

RI Joins 27 Organizations Calling For The U.S. To Honor Its UN Funding Commitments

In a letter to leading members of Congress, Refugees International joined with 27 international humanitarian, human rights, peace and security organizations to, Refugees International to advocate for continued strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations. The letter called on the Congress Members to ensure that the U.S. government honors its financial commitments to the UN in Fiscal Year 2019 and to oppose any efforts to rescind UN funding as agreed to on a bipartisan basis as part of the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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RI Urged Senate Committee to Ensure Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo Address Key Concerns Before Confirmation Vote

RI Urged Senate Committee to Ensure Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo Address Key Concerns Before Confirmation Vote

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold the nomination hearing for Secretary of State nominee Michael Pompeo. In advance of that hearing, Refugees International sent a letter to Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Robert Menendez urging that they and other Members of the Committee ensure that the nominee address critical concerns regarding the nominees views and approaches to refugee policies.

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CEO Pledge on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment

CEO Pledge on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment

More than 110 CEOs of nongovernmental organizations announced a pledge today that commits to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment of NGO staff and the communities they serve. The pledge represents a public commitment to practices and policies that will not only protect the staff of the participating organizations but also the communities they serve. 

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Secretary Tillerson Should Promote Safety and Rights of Displaced People During his Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

Secretary Tillerson Should Promote Safety and Rights of Displaced People During his Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on a multi-nation trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Refugees International delivered a letter to the secretary urging the Trump administration to use this critical opportunity to reaffirm U.S. humanitarian support, while advocating for policies that promote the safety, dignity, and rights of refugees and displaced populations in the sub-Saharan region.  In the letter, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz underlines the urgent challenges in Nigeria and Kenya in particular, stating that swift action is needed by the U.S. administration to address ongoing humanitarian and displacement crises in those nations. 

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Letter to Secretary Tillerson on the State Department's Annual Human Rights Report

Letter to Secretary Tillerson on the State Department's Annual Human Rights Report

We are writing to you as human rights, health, and development organizations to raise our deep concern about news that the State Department’s annual Human Rights Report will no longer highlight the full range of abuses and human rights violations experienced most especially by women, girls, LGBTQI people, and other marginalized peoples around the world. According to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, officials “will sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.”

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Letter on U.S. Funding Cuts to the UN Relief Agency for Palestinians

Letter on U.S. Funding Cuts to the UN Relief Agency for Palestinians

The leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The letter was sent to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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NGO Letter to Secretary Rex Tillerson on Yemen

Yemen is now the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the man-made result of almost 1,000 days of war. As documented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the war in Yemen has been marked by flagrant and repeated violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by all parties, including airstrikes, shelling, and other attacks on civilians, as well as unlawful restrictions on humanitarian access. 

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