UUSC response to the Syrian refugee crisis examines critical areas along the Syrian refugee migration route where there is a lack of international protection, cooperation, burden sharing, and upholding the basic humans rights of displaced people. So far, UUSC have raised over $400,000 for the UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund. Earlier this year Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship contributed to this fund with a special collection. Please consider making another gift to support UUSC's ongoing work during this crisis.
Such support goes directly to partners in host and transit countries to do the following:
- Immediate response: Provide effective protection for refugees and access to legal avenues for relief in Europe (Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, and Greece). UUSC funding goes to partners in host and transit countries providing direct legal, medical, and social services to incoming refugees. UUSC also supports organizations focused on advocacy to bolster the crumbling European asylum system, promote safe routes of passage, and promote decent reception conditions and effective protection for new arrivals.
- Intermediate work: Support capacity building for overburdened nongovernmental organizations on the ground in neighboring countries such as Jordan and Turkey that are working with vulnerable groups such as women, children and stateless refugees.
- Support advocacy for medium- to long-term relief needs: education access, asylum policy and procedure, and ensuring positive public reception to resettlement.
- Ongoing: In the United States, they will ensure that the U.S. government lives up to its international obligations to protect those most vulnerable in situations of conflict.
- UUSC plans to provide further funding to grassroots organizations in the United States working to safeguard the rights of incoming refugees and ensure their access to education, legal support, livelihood opportunities, and social services. UUSC will aim to partner with organizations in metropolitan areas where significant numbers of refugees are being resettled.
- In light of the recent backlash against refugees and Muslims after the Paris attacks, UUSC is asking supporters to call Congress and urge them not to turn their backs on the millions of refugees seeking safe haven.
- Join UUSC's national justice-building conference call on December 3 to learn how you can advocate for Syrian refuges.
- Use this UUSC-compiled list of talking points to inform your conversations with friends, family, and community members about the Syrian refugee crisis.
- Sunday, November 22, 2015 kicks off our annual UUSC Guest at Your Table program. Take a coin box home to help you remember to give generously to the UUSC. On or before December 24th, 2015 (at our Christmas Eve services) please bring a check for the amount you donated and we will send your contributions to the UUSC.