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LIRS is now Global Refuge.

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Raise your voice alongside those seeking safety

Join our advocacy efforts to support just, humane policy

Our advocacy priorities are guided by our mission and informed by immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

We work to bring attention to critical issues and demand actions from our government leaders, legislative offices, and administration officials. We depend on our faith partners, network affiliates, coalitions, and immigrant leaders to support and amplify our voices.

Stay abreast of advocacy priorities that support those we serve. See all of our advocacy opportunities and take action!

Global Refuge Advocacy Alerts

2023 Policy Priorities

  • Build USRAP

    Build the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program’s (USRAP) capacity.

  • Provide Protection Pathways

    Provide protection pathways for persons displaced by climate disasters.

  • Safeguard Access to Asylum

    Safeguard access to asylum and expand community-based programming.

  • End Private Profiteering

    End private profiteering of immigration detention and surveillance of immigrants.

  • Ensure Safety of Afghans

    Ensure the safety & stability of newly arrived Afghans and enhance protections for Afghans who remain at risk abroad.

  • Protect and Reunify Families

    Secure the protection and welfare of unaccompanied children and increase efforts to reunify and strengthen immigrant families.

  • Strengthen Economic Integration

    Strengthen the economic integration of immigrants and refugees.

  • Fortify Access to Citizenship

    Fortify and broaden pathways of protection and access to citizenship for immigrants and refugees.

  • Provide Mental Healthcare

    Build capacity to provide mental health services for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.

  • Bridge the Policy Gap

    Support state and local engagement and bridge the gap between state- and federal-level policy.

Take Action

  • Advocacy · Immigration and Asylum

    December 21, 2023

    Jesus Was a Refugee

    In this season of waiting and hoping, displacement is at the heart of the Advent story. At the time Mary was to give birth to Jesus, they were required by Caesar Augustus to return to their hometown for a census, for fear of persecution – traveling during a time of anticipation and uncertainty ahead of childbirth. They needed shelter for a safe birth of Jesus, but "there was no room for them in the inn."

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  • Advocacy · Empowering Refugees

    October 27, 2023

    Global Refuge Delivers Powerful Testimony at Congressional Hearing

    Global Refuge President Krish O'Mara Vignarajah spoke at a Congressional Hearing on refugee resettlement and immigration pathways.

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  • Advocacy · Immigration and Asylum

    September 24, 2023

    DHS Extends and Redesignates TPS for Afghanistan

    Global Refuge commends The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for announcing a redesignation and extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan for 18 months.

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  • Advocacy · Family Reunification

    March 26, 2019

    One Year Later…Families Are STILL Being Separated

    Nearly one year ago, on April 6, the Administration rolled out their zero-tolerance policy, which codified the practice of family separation.

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  • Press Release

    February 23, 2024

    Global Refuge alarmed by Biden administration consideration of new asylum ban

    The Biden administration is considering executive action to further restrict asylum eligibility at the southern border for people who cross between official ports of entry.

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  • Press Release

    February 15, 2024

    HHS: Refugees & Asylees Generate $123.8 Billion Net Fiscal Benefit

    "This study demonstrates that refugee resettlement is firmly within our national interest, both in terms of maintaining our global humanitarian leadership and bolstering federal, state, and local resources."

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