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Background: June 20 marks World Refugee Day. Globally there continue to be record-high levels of displacement, with 65.6 million people displaced from their homes. As Congress considers funding levels for various programs, it is vital that they hear support for refugee-related accounts. These include Migration and Refugee Assistance, which assists refugees (who have fled to another country), and…

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Take Action Urge your senators to co-sponsor DR Congo resolution Background: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s constitution, adopted in 2016, limits the president to two consecutive five-year terms. President Joseph Kabila has been in power since January 2001, and his constitutional mandate ended on December 19, 2016. The political crisis in DR Congo continues to…

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Urge your member of Congress to oppose cuts to the Complex Crises Fund  Take Action Background: On May 8, the administration released a proposal to rescind $15.4 billion in unobligated funds from Fiscal Year 2017. The request would take back $30 million in funding for the Complex Crises Fund (CCF), as part of a $334 million overall reduction…

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  Send a letter Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Since October, more than 700 children have been taken from their parents in this way, including more than 100 under the age of four. Delia* crossed the border with her 9-year-old son 10 months ago.…

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Write to Congress Background: As President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, move closer to a summit in the coming weeks, there is mounting pressure for a “breakthrough” between the two leaders. However, we must recognize that progress may be slow after years of frozen diplomacy and this summit is one vital step…

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Action: Urge Congress to support a robust foreign assistance budget Background: There are ongoing global crises, including an unprecedented 65.6 million people forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution and natural disaster. Globally, about 815 million people are hungry and undernourished. On February 12, the president released a budget request for fiscal year 2019 that proposes a drastic…

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Encourage your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4391, to end Israeli military abuses against Palestinian children. Background: Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject to abuse and sometimes torture. Israel is the only country that systematically prosecutes youth in a military court system. The impact of these traumatizing experiences stays with the youth and their families for years to…

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View this action alert in Spanish. Action: Urge your members of Congress to support a “clean” Dream Act Background: On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated in six months. The DACA program provides protection from deportation and work permits to nearly 700,000 youth and young adults…

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