REFUGEE COMMUNITY ADVOCACY MONTH
The world is facing the worst displacement crisis in history, and those who seek safety need the global community to provide leadership and support. As the U.S. strives to rebuild and strengthen the refugee resettlement program and restore asylum protections, it is vital we hold the Biden administration and Congress accountable to re-establish U.S. leadership, and welcome people fleeing violence and persecution.
As refugees and friends of refugees, we know the challenges newcomers face are greater than ever and that we must rally in support of rebuilding the resettlement program, promoting policies that help refugees rebuild their lives in the United States, support the evacuation and protection of Afghan allies, restore asylum protections, and welcome asylum seekers and unaccompanied children.
Your story as a refugee or supporter of refugee resettlement is your most important qualification as an advocate. It is important that policymakers understand that their constituents care about refugees and that refugees are their constituents — they live, work, and contribute in their communities, obtain U.S. citizenship, and vote. Speak with policymakers about the ways your community welcomes refugees and the positive contributions refugees make to your community, and urge your elected officials to support refugee resettlement and the evacuation and protection of Afghan allies!
Ways to take action:
Click above to be connected with your 2 Senators and 1 Representative via email or by phone. You will be able to send an email or receive a phone call that connects you to your Members of Congress. Please make sure to insert your city/town in the highlighted portion!
Click above for a social media toolkit from our partners at We Are All America to use on your social media platforms!
Write an opinion editorial, a letter to the editor, a blog, or something for your newsletter, click above for some great talking points you can use.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
You can help ensure newly arrived refugee families have access to everything they need towards becoming self-sufficient in their new communities by volunteering or donating. Click below to learn more about how you can get involved in your community!
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LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO
Refugee Services is proud to serve refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking and other displaced people. Click here to learn more about all of the programs RST has to offer!
Educating yourself is the first step towards successfully supporting your refugee neighbors. Check out the list below of resources to learn more about refugees and the resettlement process:
Watch: Here's What the Refugee Screening Process Looks like
Refugee Services of Texas FAQs
The Screening Process for Refugees
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Refugee Resettlement
Department of State - Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
RST does not currently have any calls to action for our supporters, however, several national and international organizations offer ways for you to voice your support. Click below to learn how:
Episcopal Migration Ministries
International Rescue Committee
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
SHARE YOUR SUPPORT
Being open and vocal about your support for refugees in the community is one of the easiest ways you can make an impact! Share this video from UNHCR on social media to let your friends know that you stand #withrefugees.