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GCIR Monthly Immigration Policy Calls: What is at Stake in the Global Refugee Crisis?
April 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
More people than any other time in history have been forced from their homes. Violence and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Central America, and beyond have displaced 65 million people around the globe. More than half of recognized refugees are children. The most recently announced U.S. policies have focused on restrictions on global and domestic commitments to refugees. The new administration has attempted to cut refugee admissions in half, from 110,000 a year to 50,000, and continues to expand efforts to block or intercept individuals fleeing violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle. This call will consider what role U.S. funders can play, both within the United States and internationally, in addressing the needs of displaced and vulnerable men, women, and children.
- Becca Heller, Co-Founder and Director, International Refugee Assistance Project
- Katharina Obser, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Refugee Commission
- Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Church World Service
- Rebecca Carson, Immigration Team Manager, Open Society Foundations (moderator)
Forefront, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Economic Opportunity Funders, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, International Human Rights Funders Group, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Neighborhood Funders Group, Northern California Grantmakers, Peace and Security Funders Group, Philanthropy New York, San Diego Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers