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12 Dec 2017 description

Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.

08 Sep 2017 description

Leading American Jewish organization calls on the United States Government to act immediately

Statement of Robert Bank, President and CEO of American Jewish World Service:

29 Apr 2014 description

We have all been appalled by the fighting in South Sudan, particularly the recent atrocities committed in Bentiu and the attack on civilians in the UN compound in Bor.

04 Mar 2014 description

AJWS will expand work on the sexual health and rights of women and girls in Kenya and Uganda

NEW YORK, NY — American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization, will soon expand its work to address the sexual health and rights of women and girls in Kenya and Uganda.

18 Nov 2013 description


23 Oct 2013 description

Daniela lives in a batey—a town of sugar cane workers—in the Dominican Republic. At 17 years old, she has just graduated from high school and now volunteers as a community health educator. Her dream is to go to college—but that dream was crushed last month, when the country’s Constitutional Court revoked citizenship from all Dominicans of Haitian descent born after 1929.

30 Mar 2012 description

Introduction: Keeping Hungry People in the Center of the Food Aid Reform Equation

27 Oct 2011 description

By Jaron Vogelsang | October 25, 2011

The ongoing famine and food crisis in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia has fallen out of the headlines. But it continues to have devastating effects on communities. The international community is still responding to the crisis, but resources are limited. Most relief efforts are focusing on the regions of Somalia where the famine has resulted in a rising death toll and a refugee crisis.

Communities that are experiencing food crises in northern Kenyan are falling through the cracks of the international response.

23 Sep 2011 description

You have seen the devastating photographs in the news: East Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought in over 60 years, causing famine conditions in parts of Somalia and a growing refugee crisis. At least 12 million people in Somalia and neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti are suffering from acute food shortages and malnutrition. Tens of thousands have already died.

The root causes of the crisis are complex, but right now our focus must be on getting help to those who need it most.

20 Jun 2011 description

When Sudan becomes two countries on July 9, 2011, the two new states will face multiple urgent crises. Provocative military action by the Government of Sudan, especially the invasion of Abyei, has aggravated tensions and threatens a new international conflict between North and South Sudan. In the North, Darfur’s conflict has deepened during the past year and violence has broken out in South Kordofan. Northern-stoked militia violence threatens the stability of the South and is exacerbated by abusive and indiscriminate southern responses.

04 May 2011 description

To United Nations Security Council Members:

Dear Ambassador,

Yesterday, state elections began in the critical Sudanese border state of Southern Kordofan, the final elections to be conducted under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Free, fair and peaceful elections and close attention to post-election processes will be essential for stability both in Southern Kordofan and across Sudan.

22 Nov 2010 description

The Sinú River in northern Colombia has supported a diverse community of indigenous people for generations. The Zenu and Embera people who live by its banks depend on the river for fish, irrigation and drinking water. But in 2000, the Urrá Dam, built by a consortium of Colombian, Swedish and Russian companies, submerged over 7,400 hectares of land, crops, homes and sacred sites.

The dam displaced 2,800 people and continues to threaten the lives of 70,000 by altering vital food supplies.

19 Nov 2010 description

As Colombia faces its worst rainy season in three decades, severe flooding and landslides have left at least 136 people dead and disrupted the lives of more than 1.2 million. Government officials report that more than 200,000 homes in all but five of Colombia's 32 provinces have been destroyed.

The communities most severely affected are those along the Sinú River, where AJWS's grantee ASPROCIG works.

12 Nov 2010 description

Violence, oppression and social unrest have erupted in Burma in the wake of the country's recent elections, which are considered by many to be neither free nor fair in representing the will of the Burmese people.

The reaction to the elections builds upon nearly half a century of political repression and human rights abuses that have torn apart the fabric of Burmese society.

Armed conflict has broken out in several regions along the Thailand-Burma border as a result of escalating tensions between Burma's military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and …

19 Aug 2010 description

New York, NY; August 19, 2010- In response to the recent flooding in Pakistan, where the U.N. is reporting that 1,200 people have died and 14 million are in dire need of urgent assistance, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has opened an emergency flood relief fund to receive donations.

08 Jul 2010 description

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake-the worst natural disaster to hit the Western Hemisphere in two centuries-struck Haiti, killing approximately 300,000 people and leaving as many as one million homeless. Within 48 hours, AJWS sent funding to our grantees in the region who were providing aid on the ground-distributing food, water purification systems, temporary shelter and medicine.

01 Jun 2010 description

New York, NY; June 1, 2010-American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, is collecting donations in response to the flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Agatha. The storm brought widespread devastation to Central America on Sunday.

Donations to AJWS's emergency relief fund can be made at http://www.ajws.org/agatharelief or by check mailed to: American Jewish World Service, 45 W.

29 Mar 2010 description

A compilation of recommendation documents from several Haitian civil society and diaspora conferences, organizations and coalitions.

This compilation was prepared by a Washington, D.C. based ad-hoc Haiti advocacy coalition (contributing members listed inside). Views expressed in the documents included are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the coalition that prepared this document.

The following documents have been developed by Haitian civil society and diaspora conferences, organizations and coalitions in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

11 Feb 2010 description

Heavy flooding and landslides from some of the strongest rains in Peru's history have left the indigenous people of Cusco and the surrounding regions of Huancavelica and Puno in crisis. Flood water has closed roads and railway lines.