New community resource: How state and local policy makers, as well as governors, can support Afghans in need of protection.
Here is a one page toolkit with background information and actions/asks for state/local officials: https://bit.ly/TemplateStateLocalLtr
There are four main actions, including writing a letter to the White House. Here is a template letter that officials can be used/adapted/copied: https://bit.ly/StateLocalAfghanLetter.
Access the Evacuation of Afghan Allies Social Media Toolkit online here and copied below.
As the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, and as attacks against Afghan nationals who cooperated with the U.S. military rise exponentially, the Biden administration must act swiftly to ensure all our Afghan allies are brought to safety.
There are roughly 18,000 Afghans, along with over 50,000 of their immediate family members, currently in the Special Immigrant Visa process. Now, we must fight to…
Sign-On Letter for elected officials: Join the national campaign to get state and local elected officials to sign on to a letter to President Biden urging him to fulfill his pledge to resettle 125,000 refugees in the upcoming fiscal year. Last year we secured over 500 signatures representing every state. This year we hope to surpass this milestone.
Can you ask your local elected officials to sign the letter? Visit the “Welcoming Refugees” webpage to learn how to send a letter to your state and…
The world is facing the worst displacement crisis in history and we must lift our voices to protect global human rights and dignity. In order to rebuild and strengthen the U.S. refugee resettlement program and restore asylum protections, we must hold the Biden administration and Congress accountable to re-establish U.S. leadership, and welcome people fleeing violence and persecution.
As our Members of Congress return home to their in-district offices for August recess, we have a unique…
Grassroots Refugee Advocacy Webinar
Friday, August 6th at 12pm EST
Please join the Refugee Council USA's Grassroots Refugee Advocacy Webinar on Friday, August 6th, 2021 at 12pm EST. They will be updating everyone on the latest refugee policy developments and discussing our advocacy priorities including a refugee ceiling of 125,000 for FY22, protection for vulnerable Afghans, and asylum concerns. We will also be sharing an August Congressional toolkit and other tools you can use in…
We must protect those who protected us.
President Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last month, initially indicating the timeline was by Sept. 2021. Gaining attention in the United States, particularly among veterans and people of faith, are concerns about the fate of Afghans allies who assisted the U.S. mission as interpreters, drivers, engineers, and much more. With the withdrawal deadline now looming as early as July, we know we cannot abandon those who put their…
LIRS, in partnership with Human Rights First, IRAP, and the NGO community is sharing a sign-on letter to urge the Biden administration to provide immediate humanitarian protections for American-affiliated Afghans. This sign-on opportunity is open to human rights, civil society, and humanitarian organizations.
Background: We remain deeply concerned about the estimated 17,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants (SIVs) and their family members who face danger because of their service to the…
Last Friday, the Biden administration issued a revised refugee admissions order for FY21. The new order removed the previous administration’s narrowly-defined admissions categories that prevented resettlement from certain countries. This development was good, but President Biden maintained Trump’s historic low admissions level of 15,000 refugees this year. This is a far cry from the historic averages supported by past administrations across party lines and, by President Biden himself only two…
LIRS invites all of its partner to participate in the next RCUSA's grassroots advocacy webinar on Friday, March 19th from 12-1pm ET. The webinar will cover updates on post-inauguration actions and what is on the horizon, including:
- National resettlement policy/advocacy
- National asylum policy/advocacy
- State and local legislative efforts
- Community priorities
- RCUSA's Virtual Refugee Advocacy Days
Register for the webinar today using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IMDvu1…
Soon after his inauguration, Pres. Biden proposed increasing refugee admissions to meet the unprecedented refugee crisis, and in February administration officials met with Congress to discuss raising the FY21 admissions goal to 62,500. This is welcome news!
Now, as a final step, President Biden must sign the revised refugee admissions goal (or Presidential Determination) for FY21 and restore regional allocations based on vulnerability, as soon as possible. Each day that passes without this…