UN member states pledge new global refugee framework by 2018 [Talk Media News]

“It’s a conference planning on doing a conference,” Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), said of Monday’s summit and the resulting declaration. “It says all the right things, but the devil is going to be in the details in terms of how these resolutions and agreements get implemented.” Click here to view the article.

Join MFA at U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Vigil for Refugee and Migrant Children

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees is proud to partner with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at their vigil to support refugee and migrant children. More than half of Syria's registered refugees are children, and the conflict, now in its sixth year, has kept 2.8 million Syrian children out of school. In the lead-up to the September 19th UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, it is crucial that we raise a united voice in support of all refugee and migrant children in need. The vigil will take place Sunday, September 18th at 6:30pm at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on East 47th Street, between 1st & 2nd Avenues in New York City. See the invitation below for more information. To RSVP: rsvp@unic

MFA Religious Leaders Statement on Welcoming Refugees

By meeting its target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees five weeks early, the Administration has laudably enacted a central tenet of many great religions: to care for the stranger and ameliorate human suffering, and we urge continuing efforts to bring in significantly more desperate persons at a steady, effective and safe pace. But allowing them in is not enough. We can’t allow the refugees to remain strangers. We need to now focus on integration of the new refugees. The resettlement agencies are the first step in finding housing and work. But, true on-boarding requires more than that. Civil society groups – such as the nearly 70 faith-based and secular organizations that make up the Mu

Refugees Welcome Postcard Campaign - Add Your Voice by Monday, Sept 12th

In just a few weeks—on September 19 and 20--the United Nations and President Obama will host summits on the world’s refugee crisis. In the lead up to these crucial events, we invite you to join together to urge President Obama and the U.S. Congress to demonstrate leadership by increasing refugee resettlement and ensuring adequate funding for both international refugee assistance and services for refugees resettled here. Sign the postcard electronically here: http://bit.ly/refugeepostcard

The Real Immigration Question: What Forced Your Family to Come Here? [Huffington Post]

Let’s face it, everyone in the United States was forced to come here for one reason or another. Like my grandmother. After hiding in the basement with her younger siblings as the Cossacks burned their home and burning timbers fell (including one on her arm that left a lifelong scar), she immigrated to the United States at age 10 with her father. Like him, she worked. Carrying coal on her head, she contributed to the money that ultimately reunited her family in a new world. They needed to come to the U.S. - to escape waves of violence that threatened to drown out our lives as Jews in Russia. Everyone has a story. And that’s why the political debate on the global refugee crisis and on our immi

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