On July 19, 1979, thirty-nine years ago, Refugees International undertook its first large-scale public advocacy effort on behalf of refugees. On that date, then-executive director Diane Lawson, along with one of RI’s founders Michael Morrissey, published a full-page ad in the Washington Post. Addressed to U.S. senators and representatives, the advocacy letter called for increased support for Indochinese refugees and set the course for our organization’s decades long commitment to advocating for lifesaving action.
As United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits Rohingya camps in Bangladesh on July 2, he must address the restrictive policies and lack of effective management and coordination that are hindering humanitarian support efforts there.
If the United States decides Syria is not worth its attention, civilians will once again pay a high price.
One year ago today, the Trump administration made its ill-advised decision to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Climate Accord. The decision effectively sidelined the United States on this critical issue, moving the country from a position of international leadership. One year later, the world is moving forward to tackle the climate crisis and related displacement issues.
During a recent mission to the camps in Bangladesh which now houses tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, Daniel Sullivan and Francisca Vigaud-Walsh interviewed Mayyu Ali, a young Rohingya man who described the crimes against against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Mayyu called on the international community to take concrete action to end the violence.