Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 29, 2016 in Blog

FullSizeRender.jpgIn the wake of a heated and bigotry-rampant election cycle, grassroots advocates and NGOs gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to show support for refugees, and call on the U.S. government to do more.

The "DC Rally 4 Refugees” was a strong showing of support that the American public welcomes refugees, and is proud of our time-honored tradition of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable. Attendees wore orange as an expression of solidarity, and listened to speakers and performers throughout the afternoon. Artists in attendance included Georgia Lale whose performance art #OrangeVest caught the attention of by-passers.

We joined a broad coalition of NGOs and activists at the rally and provided resources to attendees on the robust refugee vetting process  and the anti-refugee backlash that we have seen emerge from some on Capitol Hill. 

The DC Rally 4 Refugees comes ahead of two summits in September hosted by the United Nations General Assembly and President Obama to address the global refugee crisis. During this month of action, AAI joins numerous advocacy organizations in calling for the United States to lead by example and increase both the amount of refugees admitted for resettlement as well as the funding provided to resettlement agencies.  

The United States has committed to resettling 100,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017. Despite being 25,000 more than the resettlement commitment of FY 2016, the Congressional allotment of funds remains the same.   

Join us in urging Congress to work with the Administration to ensure the integrity of the refugee resettlement program is upheld, and that adequate funds are provided to government agencies and resettlement organizations to guarantee our commitment is met in FY 2017.