Every day the media reports something new about refugees, immigrants, or the border—it is difficult to keep up with it all. Because of the constant changes, advocating for refugees can be a moving target. 

On World Refugee Day and in the weeks that follow, we need to keep joining our hearts and hands and voices to expand refugee welcome. As we rebuild and strengthen the refugee resettlement program and work to restore asylum protections, it is vital we hold the Administration and Congress accountable.

  • Encourage the Biden Administration to resettle as many refugees as possible this year and help the US raise our goal to 125,000 refugees next year.
  • We have a long way to go to rebuild our capacity as a country to resettle refugees. So tell your Members of Congress to invest in U.S. capacity to welcome. We need robust funding for refugee and asylee services.
  • Are you creating a place of welcome in your own community? Ask your local officials to be a champion for refugees.
  • Help strengthen welcome for asylum seekers. Refugees who come directly to our shores, like those who are resettled, need our voices and our support.

Make time between July – August to organize a team and request a meeting with your members of Congress. And use the new “tips for on-line meetings” to set up an effective meeting.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition Toolkit for Welcoming Asylum Seekers provides information on local and national organizations where you can volunteer.

CWS Action Alert for Refugee Resettlement

Faith Partners World Refugee Day Toolkit

Join the Welcome with Dignity coalition to restore the right to asylum in the U.S.

Refugee Council USA Handbook

  • PC(USA) OGA Resource Page
  • PC(USA) Statements on Family Detention

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