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:
By cutting off poverty-alleviating and violence-reducing assistance to the people and civil society organizations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the Trump Administration is taking a step that undermines its own policy goals and runs counter to American values and interests. For years, leaders from both parties have supported U.S. development and humanitarian aid to Central America. That is because these relatively small investments address the grinding poverty, instability and human rights concerns at the root of displacement. The current levels of violence and suffering in the Northern Triangle of Central America risk severe further deterioration if development and humanitarian assistance is withdrawn.
Sadly, the unpredictability and volatility that stem from such chaotic policy decisions can erode the effectiveness of foreign assistance. The Administration frequently views U.S. foreign assistance only in transactional terms and not as part of a long-term strategy.
In response to this short-sighted and irresponsible decision, we urge Congress to demonstrate strong bipartisan support for aid to Central America.
Organizations Signed On (As of 4/1/2019):
Action Against Hunger
Alliance for Peacebuilding
Alliance to End Hunger
American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)
Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA (AVSI USA)
Bethany Christian Services
Bread for the World
Brother’s Brother Foundation
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Church World Service
Concern Worldwide U.S.
Global Health Council
Global Water 2020
Heartland Alliance International
Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
International Relief Teams
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Islamic Relief USA
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Keystone Human Services
Lutheran World Relief
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Mercy Without Limits
National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International
Norwegian Refugee Council
Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD)
Plan International USA
Project Concern International (PCI)
Save the Children
Solar Cookers International
The Hunger Project
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
United Methodist Committee on Relief
Women’s Refugee Commission