Refugees International Statement on Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Please see below statement from Refugees International President Eric Schwartz:

“Refugees International is deeply saddened and outraged by the violence that consumed Washington DC on January 6, a date that will leave an indelibly tragic mark on American history.  

The violence should profoundly alarm all who believe in and respect the democratic process and the rule of law. Refugees International also notes with the deepest concern the inclusion of nativist and anti-immigrant sentiments in groups that were purveyors and supporters of the attack on the U.S. Capitol—sentiments that have gained a greater foothold in the United States during the current presidential administration. Supporters of the president, brazenly wielding white supremacist and anti-Semitic symbols, stormed the Capitol and attempted to undermine democracy itself.    

Without swift and moral leadership, the disturbing events of January 6 will surely undermine U.S. partnerships and influence abroad and embolden authoritarians, further endangering displaced and vulnerable populations elsewhere around the world. 

The United States aspires to be a beacon of safety and refuge for all. Refugees International calls upon all parties to ensure that this vision endures.” 

For press inquiries, please contact Refugees International Director of Communications Sarah Sheffer at or +1 202 540 7029.