Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

How_to_stand_for_refugees.jpgBy Annie Riley

Today we’re marking the United Nations’ 17th World Refugee Day and sharing ways you can make a difference. At difficult times like this, one of the most important things we can do is help create a warm and welcoming community for immigrants and refugees. In the case of refugees, part of creating that welcoming environment is learning about the scope of the problem, and then acting on it to become an advocate for refugee admissions.

  1. Get the facts about the worldwide refugee crisis. 
  2. Learn more about the detrimental impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in contrast to the real benefits refugees bring to our nation. 
  3. Find out about the rights guaranteed to all those within the United States regardless of their immigration status.
  4. Express support for welcoming communities and “sanctuary” policies.
  5. Reach out to elected officials to share your support for sanctuary or welcoming policies. 
  6. Sign AAI’s “Commitment to Combat Bigotry” and encourage your local officials to do the same.
  7. Pass a “No Bigotry” resolution in your community, school or local board.

Last, but not least: get involved. The following organizations help refugees resettled in the United States by offering services they may find useful. Whether you can speak another language, provide pro bono legal services, offer your time, or donate funds, remember that any and all assistance helps.

American Red Cross

American Refugee Committee

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

Catholic Charities

Center for Applied Linguistics

Center for Migration Studies

Church World Service

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Ethiopian Community Development Council

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigration Defense Project

International Catholic Migration Commission

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Rescue Committee

Islamic Relief USA

Jesuit Refugee Service

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service http://lirs.orgn

Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area

Refugee Center Online

Refugee Council USA

Refugees International

Syria Relief & Development

Tent Foundation

Tent Partnership for Refugees 

The Linking Communities Project

The U.S. Department of Justice List of Pro Bono Immigration Legal Service Providers

The United Nations Refugee Agency

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

United We Dream

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants


World Relief

Annie Riley is a 2017 summer intern at the Arab American Institute.