USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Why I Stand With Refugees

Jeff Fahey
USCRI Global Ambassador and cast member, "LOST"

I stand with refugees because nobody should endure the suffering and hardships they have experienced. Having seen their struggles and heard their stories of escape from oppression I cannot walk away!

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Melody Moezzi
Activist, Attorney, and Author of War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims

I stand with refugees because I have no other option. Millions of people around the world today suffer daily from the effects of war, famine, disaster and political, ethnic and religious persecution. Among these people are many of my own. As an Iranian-American, I have witnessed far too many examples of persecuted minorities inside of Iran who have had to flee their homeland in order to salvage their lives and freedom, often leaving behind friends, family, homes and other assets and relocating to new lands with little or no personal belongings or emotional or financial support.

Refugees spring from so many different disasters, and as such, no one is immune to becoming a refugee her or himself. It is our duty, no matter what our background, to support the plight of refugees. By failing to do so, we are shirking one of our greatest moral obligations as human beings on this planet. God will surely judge us all by the way we treat the most vulnerable among us, and as a global society, we have a long way to go in improving our efforts and commitments to support refugees around the world. To give up now or to remain blind to their struggle is simply not an option.

Jennifer Cakir
Cleveland, Ohio

I think sometimes we can get bogged down in our lives and forget to see how truly blessed we are. Working with refugees provides me with a sense of optimism and a perspective on my life. I am lucky to have never been kicked out of my home because of who I am. I am lucky that I could go to sleep and not have to worry about violence affecting me or my family. Listening to refugees stories about what they have faced and conquered, I am humbled.

It is a rare occasion in which you can be part of someone’s new beginning. Working with refugees has given me that opportunity. While I work with refugees to help them resettle in the United States and hope that my gestures make an impact in their lives, hearing the words, “thank you so much, I will never forget you”, makes me realize how much of an impact they have made on my life.

Samira Nakicevic (pictured with husband, Damir)
Information technology specialist
Cleveland, Ohio

I stand with a refugee because everyone deserves his or her basic human rights: food, shelter, safety and healthcare. I want all refugees to have a shot at making something of their lives by being able to get an education, a job so they can support themselves, food on their table, and a roof over their heads.

As a refugee myself, I know how hard it can be to leave your home, family, and friends behind and come to a foreign country with nothing else but a bag of clothes. My family and I were fortunate enough to come to the United States and have an opportunity to live a normal life. I was able to get an education, learn a new language, meet new people, and immerse myself in a new culture.

I stand with a refugee because I think it's important for the United States to have programs to help others come to America and become successful participants in our economy and culture.

Nerma Halilovic
Refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Being a refugee myself, I understand their sadness, helplessness and despair. Every day people all around the world are forced to leave their homes for their own safety, not knowing when or if they will ever be able to go back. These people have lost everything except that small sparkle of hope that tomorrow will bring new opportunities and lead them to a better future….lead them back home.

Please help them not to lose that last bit of hope. Stand with a refugee….please help in any way you can……


Nobar Elmi
Austin, Texas

I stand with refugees because I believe in the power of compassion and caring. I am fortunate enough not to have gone through the refugee experience. I do, however, have many friends and loved ones who are refugees. Hearing their stories made me want to help. Hearing their stories put things in perspective. After all, priorities shift when family, food, and shelter are at stake.

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