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 http://www.redcross.org

American Refugee Committee http://arcrelief.org/

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa http://araha.org/

Catholic Charities https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/immigrants-and-refugees    https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/

Center for Applied Linguistics http://www.cal.org

Center for Migration Studies http://cmsny.org/

Church World Service https://cwsglobal.org

Episcopal Migration Ministries http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org

Ethiopian Community Development Council http://www.ecdcus.org/

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society https://www.hias.org/

Immigrant Legal Resource Center  https://www.ilrc.org/

Immigration Defense Project https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/

International Catholic Migration Commission https://www.icmc.net/

International Refugee Assistance Project https://refugeerights.org

International Rescue Committee https://www.rescue.org

Islamic Relief USA http://irusa.org/

Jesuit Refugee Service http://jrsusa.org/

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

Lutheran Social Services National Capital Area http://lssnca.org/programs/refugees_immigrant/resettlement.html

Refugee Center Online https://therefugeecenter.org/

Refugee Council USA http://www.rcusa.org

Refugees International https://www.refugeesinternational.org/

Syria Relief & Development http://syriareliefanddevelopment.org

Tent Foundation http://www.tent.org/

Tent Partnership for Refugees https://tentpartnership.org/ 

The Linking Communities Project http://www.tlcrefugees.org/

The U.S. Department of Justice List of Pro Bono Immigration Legal Service Providers https://www.justice.gov/eoir/file/probonofulllist/download

The United Nations Refugee Agency http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/index.cfm

United We Dream https://unitedwedream.org

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants http://refugees.org/

USA for UNHCR http://www.unrefugees.org/

World Relief https://www.worldrelief.org


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