January 27, 2020

Image: No Muslim Ban Rally in Washington, DC on February 4th, 2017 (Photograph by Ted Eytan)

Today, January 27th, we recognize the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban. The administration has repeatedly attacked refugees, asylum seekers, and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable, and discriminating against people based of their faith or nationality.

The NO BAN Act is legislation that would terminate the administration’s refugee, Muslim, and asylum bans and ensure that no one is banned from our country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. In addition, Senator Blumenthal plans to introduce an important resolution recognizing the anniversaries of the refugee and Muslim ban and calling for the enactment of the NO BAN Act. Join us in calling on all Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214) and urging Senators to join as original cosponsors of...

January 14, 2020

The GRACE Act National Call-In Day

The Trump administration has reduced the refugee resettlement program by 80% and set this year’s refugee admissions goal at 18,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Given that there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide — more than half of whom are children — the dismantling of the resettlement program shocks the conscience. It also comes at a time when the horrific plight for Syrian refugees is never ending and growing worse by the day.

Join us Wednesday, January, 15th for a national call-in day to urge Republican Members of Congress to co-sponsor the GRACE Act (S.1088 and H.R.2146) so that it sends a strong bi-partisan message, which would set a minimum refugee admissions goal at 95,000 (the historic average since 1980) and increase congressional authority to hold the administration accountable to operate the resettlement program in good faith.

The GRACE Act has only Democrat cosponsors — now is a critical time for Republican Senators and Repre...

January 9, 2020

“My future has been taken from me,” the solemn faced doctor told me. He could have been speaking on behalf of so many other Syrians too who now must piece together a new life in Turkey.

In November, I visited Hatay province and Reyhanli a town-both of which together now have 500,000 Syrians – a ratio of 3:1 Syrians to Turks and Gaziantep, a modern city where Syrians also struggle.

We were standing outside a government sponsored camp near Reyhanli that started with tents early in the war and is now a pin neat reconfigured place with paved streets, a 24-hour hospital, schools and container apartments that could hold a maximum of 10,000 people. There were only 2,700 in residence. I’m told Syrians were offered money to leave the formal camp, only to find how hard it was live on their own. Some wanted to return to the facility. It wasn’t possible.

Throughout Hatay Province infrastructures groan under the weight of housing construction underway, addressing the need for expanded water and sewer...

December 21, 2019

Dear Friends,

The humanitarian mission of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) is to get the right relief, to the right people – at the right time. Our mandate requires continual awareness of the current needs – and also a hyper-sensitivity to the ever-changing landscape and the inevitable human impact. 

In 2019, the Syrian people continued to be victims of the interplay of international actors – all seeking control of territory, oil fields and military and geopolitical advantage over this beleaguered country. The unfolding events made MFA’s mission more complex – and that much more necessary.

In Idlib, in northwest Syria, millions have been displaced by Russian air raids. The use of chlorine gas and barrel bombs continued. The UN opened an investigation of Russia’s deliberate targeting of hospitals, and fleeing civilians were often left without shelter of any kind.

In Turkey, 13% unemployment led to a backlash against Syrian refugees. The country had admitted 3.6 million refu...

November 5, 2019

Multifaith Alliance Founder Georgette Bennett Wins AARP Purpose Prize

The AARP Prize is a recognition of Bennett’s efforts to get humanitarian aid to internally displaced Syrians

New York, November 5 – The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), which has delivered over $130 million worth of desperately-needed humanitarian aid to internally displaced people in Syria, today announced that its founder, Dr. Georgette Bennett, was awarded AARP’s prestigious Purpose Prize. The prize was awarded in recognition of Dr. Bennett’s tireless efforts to bring together over 100 organizations representing a host of different faiths for a common purpose – getting food, medicine, and other essentials into the hands of the millions of Syrians displaced by the ongoing Syrian civil war.

“I am humbled to receive the Purpose Prize,” said Dr. Bennett. “As the child of Holocaust survivors and a refugee myself, I know that silence in the face of horrific tragedy compounds the pain of victims struggling to...

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