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What Will You Do for World Refugee Day?

By Yasmine Taeb, Rebecca Harris, June 7, 2017

In the weeks leading up to June 20th, recognized internationally as World Refugee Day, we are calling on local comunities to voice their support for refugees. Towards that end, we have compiled a set of resources to help you find local events, post about refugee issues on social media, and tell your members of Congress that our communities welcome people in need.

As World Refugee Day approaches, the world stands in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in modern history. Meanwhile, President Trump has proposed drastic funding cuts to refugee assistance programs and threatened the future of refugee resettlement in the United States. This year, more than any year before, we are called to stand up for our refugee neighbors.

Below you will find materials to help you advocate for refugees in the weeks leading up to World Refugee Day. What will you do to support refugees this June?

Advocacy Resources

Call Your Members of Congress

FCNL has put together a short call script to make it easy to call up your members of Congress and tell them that American communities welcome refugees. You can also reach out to your members of Congress via email using this template.

Support Refugees

Take Action This Month to Protect Refugee Programs

Call Congress

Social Media Tools

Refugee advocates and supporters will be using the Twitter hashtags #WRD2017, #RefugeesWelcome, and #WithRefugees throughout the month of June.

Not sure what to tweet or post on Facebook? Here are some ideas:

  • Snap a few photos at a World Refugee Day event and share them online.
  • Members of Congress will be making speeches commemorating World Refugee Day on the House and Senate floor. Thank members of Congress for their support and share quotes from their remarks.
  • Refugee Council USA has prepared sample tweets that anyone can use.
  • The Stand With Refugees Campaign has also created sharable images designed for Twitter, Facebook, and email.

Take your advocacy to the next level

Refugee Council USA has prepared a detailed toolkit for constituents and community leaders invested in advancing pro-refugee policies, with instructions for writing op-eds, resources for publicizing World Refugee Day events, and sample letters to send to elected officials.

Conference Call Update

Upcoming Events

Happening in Washington, D.C.

Rally Outside the White House -Tuesday, June 20th, at 5 pm in Lafayette Park. More information can be found on the event's Facebook page.

Happening Across the Country

Refugee Council USA has created a comprehensive guide to local World Refugee Day events.

You can also create your own World Refugee Day event and put it on the map.

Yasmine Taeb

  • Legislative Director for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.

Rebecca Harris

  • Program Assistant for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Rebecca Harris works closely with Legislative Representative Yasmine Taeb on issues including the Syrian refugee situation, the United States’ “War on Terror,” military use of lethal drones, and the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. As Program Assistant, she conducts research, meets with congressional staff, and drafts letters and other materials.