Our friends at the NC office of US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants need your help while Congress is still in recess.

The courts have curtailed the most damaging aspects of the president’s refugee and immigration executive orders, but the horrific images from the Syrian chemical attacks remind us that there is far too much work to be done. It’s literally a matter of life or death for these refugees.

Here’s what you can do to take action:

Every representative is home for another week, so meet face to face with your elected officials.  When you do meet ASK them to continue level funding for all accounts for fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 with the exception of increasing funding for survivors of trafficking.  The number of survivors continues to grow and we must seek additional funds.

Suggestions for what to say:

  • Can you support increased resettlement of Syrian refugees?
  • Please add funding ($3 million) to the Trafficking Victims Assistance Program in Health and Human Services so they can continue to assist survivors for Fiscal Year 2017.  The number of survivors has been so high Health and Human Services have already stopped enrollments for fiscal year 2017.
  • Support refugee programming.  Refugees are currently arriving and we need full funding for the refugee resettlement program.

Find your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate: http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

Reach out to your local officials, and let them know NC is a welcoming place. http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

If you’d like to help USCRI directly in North Carolina by contributing donated items, volunteering, or becoming an employer, a landlord, or a pro bono attorney. In addition: a Facebook Fundraiser has been established to help USCRI-NC deliver much-needed services to the refugee and immigrants they serve. Follow the link to find out more, and please consider sharing with your personal networks: https://www.facebook.com/donate/10155314376481042/10154483850753441/