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...

October 29, 2019

Congressmen Wilson, Kildee, Chabot, and Gonzalez Introduce “The Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019

On October 28th, Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) introduced the bi-partisan bill HR 4868, the Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019, which will ensure that U.S. taxpayer money does not benefit the Assad regime in Syria.

Bennett Gross, Executive Director of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrians Refugees (MFA) welcomed this announcemen...

October 25, 2019

Turkish Military Offensive in Syria

Recent events in Northern Syria are certainly disturbing. On October 6th, President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1000 US troops that remained in Syria. On October 9th, Turkey’s President Recap Tayip Erdogan ordered Operation Peaceful Spring to commence as the bombing of Northern Syria began. Since 2011, Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that worked with the United States to fight the Islamic State, was the region’s overarching poli...

October 4, 2019

Moria Camp: A Researcher's Reflection

In certain places, just a few kilometers separate the Greek island of Lesvos from the Turkish coast, making it one of the most frequented points of entry into Europe for refugees and migrants. Since 2015, boats have arrived on the island almost daily. Oftentimes, they are dinghies crammed with dozens of people who have risked everything to make the journey to Europe. For the first several years, most of the arrivals to Lesvos were Syrians who were fleeing t...

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced its plans to reduce refugee resettlement to an all-time low of 18,000 persons for 2020. This is a 40% reduction from the historically low cap for 2019, which permitted the admission of only 30,000 refugees. The new figure is a stunning rejection of a time-honored policy that for many years permitted the resettlement of at least 95,000 refugees annually.

There is also an accompanying executive order that would allow state and local jurisdictions to d...

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