Advocacy Letters

Refugees International Joins Civil Society Organizations in Supporting Merkley Resolution on Bilateral Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza

Refugees International Joins Civil Society Organizations in Supporting  Merkley Resolution on Bilateral Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza

As organizations who implement and/or support programs that address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, we are grateful to Senator Merkley and co-sponsors Senators Coons, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Leahy, and Van Hollen for introducing Senate Resolution 171.

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RI Welcomes Commitment to Register Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago: Urges Generous Implementation of New Policy Proposal

RI Welcomes Commitment to Register Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago: Urges Generous Implementation of New Policy Proposal

Progress for Venezuelans seeking protection in Trinidad and Tobago has been a point of political debate for some time now. Last Thursday, April 4, the government of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a proposed policy to allow Venezuelans to register to remain in Trinidad and Tobago for up to one year. In an open letter sent to Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley earlier this morning, Refugees International’s President Eric Schwartz welcomes this proposed policy. However, Schwartz also raises concerns about the registration process and the guarantee of essential rights like access to work and education.

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Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International and over 50 other organizations issued a statement condemning announced plans by the Trump administration to end foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

The leaders of 17 international NGOs involved in humanitarian operations and advocacy today appealed to the U.S. Congress to restore the Trump administration’s complete cut-off of assistance to Palestinian civilians in need in the Middle East. The letter urges that Members “ensure that Congress, through the appropriations process, protects humanitarian funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Palestinians, commensurate with prior years.”

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Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

In a letter, over 50 former national security and foreign policy officials, as well as leaders in the NGO community, called upon Congress to resist administration proposals to dramatically cut U.S. humanitarian assistance. The letter also urges the Congress to protect the key role of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

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RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Refugees International has raised serious concerns about the way in which asylum in the United States has been closed off for Central American families. Specifically, Refugees International has concerns about Customs and Border Protection (CBP’s) handling of asylum seekers. Read our statement for the record.

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Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Refugees International joins 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter opposing the Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to waive environmental statutes and regulations for disaster recovery funding.

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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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