More than 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes, the largest number ever recorded. This global displacement crisis is made worse by countries closing their borders and turning their backs on the most vulnerable people. This is a humanitarian crisis, and it demands a more humane response.
At Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), we treat displaced people around the world for the physical and psychological scars of war and extreme violence, for hardships suffered along the journey, and for other essential medical needs. We hear their stories of suffering and survival, and want to make sure they get the support they deserve.
At a time when the global needs are greater than ever, the United States has slashed the number of refugee admissions to a historic low and threatened the asylum system.
The US government has imposed a series of dangerous policies which treat people seeking safety as if they are criminals. People fleeing violence have been prosecuted, detained, abused, and deported for the fully legal act of seeking asylum. Families in need of protection are being sent back to dangerous cities along the Mexican border to await their US court hearings. Forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico leaves them vulnerable to targeted attacks and extortion by criminal groups.
Blocking safe routes to asylum only causes further harm to people whose lives are most at risk.
Join us to stand with people forced from home.
MAKE A CALL
Call on your Congressional representatives to help protect refugees and asylum seekers
Here’s what you can say:
This is [MY NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, STATE].
I’m calling because thousands of people seeking safety in the United States are at risk of being sent back into danger. Asylum seekers are being turned away and treated like criminals. People fleeing violence should not be detained or turned away.
I’m calling to ask you to do everything in your power to challenge these unjust policies.
Seeking safety is not a crime. The US must not send people back to places where their lives are at risk.
People fleeing violence need protection. As your constituent, I expect that you will work to ensure that the US upholds its national and international legal obligations to guarantee the right to seek asylum. We must ensure that asylum seekers are safe and treated with dignity throughout the legal process.
Can I count on you to work to end migration policies that criminalize asylum seekers and further harm victims of violence and abuse? The US must end inhumane “zero tolerance” policies that punish vulnerable people in need of protection.
RAISE YOUR VOICE
Explore volunteer opportunities with local organizations in your community to help refugees and asylum seekers.
Here are some of the many organizations* involved with refugee resettlement in the US:
- Church World Service
- Ethiopian Community Development Council
- Episcopal Migration Ministries
- International Refugee Assistance Project
- International Rescue Committee
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
These are some of the organizations* that provide aid to migrants and asylum seekers in the US:
*Note: Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.
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