In recent weeks, the issue of family separation has come to the foreground of political discussions. This comes after the Administration’s decision to separate families seeking asylum at the border has sparked significant controversy. Numerous families are being torn apart, leading to an increased number of unaccompanied minors. The Administration responded to criticism by stating that the extraordinary measures being taken are simply in response to the surge in number of people attempting to illegally cross the border.
In June, USCRI staff were able to meet some of the masterminds behind the stunning documentary, Sauti: Gayle Nosal (Executive Producer and Director) and Favourite, whose story is told in the film. The film, called “Voice” in Swahili (“Sauti”) because the main characters tell their stories in their own voices, is unique in its depiction of the decades-long protracted refugee situation largely overlooked by much of the world as other global refugee situations continue to emerge.
Here is Gayle’s story on how Sauti came to be:
June 8, 2018
Dear Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has been building a strong America since 1911. This has meant helping newcomers to learn language, job skills and prepare for citizenship through a Network of agencies across the nation. Since 1980, the USCRI network has resettled over 300,000 refugees from South East Asia, Africa, Middle East, and the former Soviet Union countries.
For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2018
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes today’s announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to terminate the humanitarian program of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 9,000 legally present Nepalis.
More than one year after the new Administration, the full effects of new refugee and immigration policies are beginning to be felt.
The number of refugee arrivals to the United States has been cut by nearly 60% since the Administration’s new limitations on entry went into effect. And while the effect this has on refugee arrivals is apparent, it also means that the Administration no longer requires as extensive a network of resettlement offices throughout the country.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes today’s announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to terminate the humanitarian program of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans.
STATEMENT – USCRI Denounces Decision to End Humanitarian Program for Haitians
STATEMENT – USCRI Opposes Decision to End Humanitarian Program for Nicaraguans, Leaving Thousands of Families Under Threat of Separation
ARLINGTON, VA –
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly opposes the decision by the White House to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans. We also urge the Administration to extend TPS for approximately 300,000 Hondurans and Salvadorans and keep the families together with their American citizen children.
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
USCRI is proud to announce that on February 10, 2016 it signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Guatemalan Ministry of External Relations and on January 20, 2016 with the Honduran Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) recognizes the good first step announced by the Obama Administration to increase annual refugee resettlement numbers over the next two years. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry committed to raising the numbers of refugees the U.S. will resettle from 70,000 this past year to 85,000 in fiscal year 2016 and 100,000 in 2017.
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December 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacie Blake
San Salvador, El Salvador
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) visited Jordan in July and November of 2012, to meet with refugees, government officials, and international and local organizations. The violence in Syria has created a massive and complex humanitarian crisis with more than half a million people fleeing to neighboring countries. The current situation is expected to continue and worsen, with more than 710,000 refugees expected by the end of the year throughout the region1.