Unwavering advocacy. Lasting solutions.

We galvanize Washington’s corridors, where the actions of few can impact the future of millions. We help define policy solutions and demand a global standard of dignity for all humanity. USCRI has a nationwide network, united to amplify the voices of our grassroots service providers and achieve life-changing outcomes for the uprooted.

Current Issues

We leverage real stories and reliable statistics surrounding today’s greatest humanitarian crises to champion human rights and provide for human needs.

The Refugee Crisis

This year the United Nations reported that 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes.

OUR POSITION

For 107 years USCRI has advocated for the rights of refugees. We are working hard to ensure U.S. policies do not run contrary to the basic tenets of our core American values and shut out refugees. We support Presidential Determination to resettle 75,000 new refugees to the United States in 2019.

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The Central American Crisis

Migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala continue to flee escalating violence and seek refuge in the many countries including the U.S. The majority have valid claims for asylum and protection. Unaccompanied migrating children are a particular concern because their age makes them exceptionally vulnerable.

OUR POSITION

We work in collaboration with a national network of service providers to provide positive alternatives and concrete solutions for children and families when they reach the U.S.  We support current mandates for child protection and safety. Through our office in El Salvador we help repatriated youth and young adults by providing hope and opportunity through education and job training. We also advocate for long-term solutions that address root causes for the forced displacement of Central Americans.

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Immigration

Changing U.S. policies that impact immigrants is creating confusion and protection concerns.

 

OUR POSITION

Asylum policies must be non-discriminatory and based on vulnerability.  Congress must pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status.  A permanent solution with a path to citizenship for all DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) eligible individuals.

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Updates

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Joins InterAction Community Letter Supporting FY19 International Affairs Budget

February 2018
In anticipation of the President’s FY2019 Budget release, USCRI and over 100 partners of InterAction call on Congress to support robust funding for the International Affairs Budget at no less than $59.1 billion. Funding at this level reflects the community’s guideline for the minimum requirement to protect U.S. global leadership in support of poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance.

 USCRI Opposes Decision to End Humanitarian Program for Salvadorans,
Leaving Thousands of Families Under Threat of Separation

January 2018

“This decision is harsh and disruptive to the contributing members of our communities who for seventeen years have lived, worked, paid taxes and purchased homes here,” said Eskinder Negash, Acting Chief Executive Officer for USCRI. Country conditions in El Salvador have forced people to flee at alarming rates, leading the UN Refugee Agency to call the situation a protection crisis.

Reports & Projects

Freedom to Believe 

Freedom to Believe is a project of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants advancing the ideals America was founded on by promoting dialogue and common bonds between leaders of all faiths and backgrounds. Our project team is working to foster a better understanding between American Muslim communities and members of Congress.

Overlooked and Unprotected: Central American Indigenous Migrant Women in Mexico

This article examines whether the existence of legal pluralism in Mexico provides any additional protection for Central American indigenous migrant women and finds that indigenous justice systems have a limited ability to assist migrants.

 

Forgotten Refugees

Findings and recommendations from our December 2015 fact finding mission to Ethiopia. It specifically addresses the situation of Eritrean unaccompanied refugee minors.