Urgent: Call the Senate Judiciary Committee Today!
For decades, the U.S. has provided protection to refugees and asylees who face persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In search of a better life for themselves and for their families, refugees and asylees are eager to participate fully in the economic and civic life of this country. Through a network of 22 offices in the United States, the International Rescue Committee provides assistance and the tools of self-reliance to refugees and asylees.
The Senate immigration reform bill (S.744) includes provisions that would provide much needed improvements to the protection of asylum seekers and refugees. On Monday, May 20, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider amendments which would adversely affect these provisions. Refugees, volunteers, and community members from across the country, please call 202-224-3121 to speak with the office of a specific Judiciary Committee member and voice your opposition to these amendments.
Take action: Syrian refugees need your voice
Syria's devastating civil war continues, driving more than one million people to seek safety in neighboring countries. Significant help is needed since the magnitude of the crisis far outweighs the international aid resources available to respond.
The majority of Syrian refugees are women and girls, as conflict disproportionately affects those most vulnerable. Many report fear of sexual violence as the primary reason for fleeing their homes.
Call on your member of Congress now to ensure that Syrian refugees and millions of other refugees uprooted by crisis receive the humanitarian assistance they desperately need.
Act Now: Lifeline for Afghans and Iraqis at risk
Thousands of Iraqi and Afghan women and men put their lives at risk to help support our American troops and national security. Many face ongoing threats due to their work with the U.S. Government.
The Special Immigrant Visa program, which was created to protect them, will expire soon, even though the majority of the visas Congress authorized have not been issued.
Tell Congress to extend the program to provide life-saving protection to Afghans and Iraqis, who risked their lives on behalf of the American government.