USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI applauds the United States for generous $100 million contribution to the Syrian humanitarian crisis

May 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased to see the United States take the lead in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis by making a much-needed $100 million pledge.

According to Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI, the financial support is encouraging news. “The $100 million contribution will help men, women, and children to access the humanitarian relief they so desperately need. Still, we sincerely hope that the US government will invest a portion of its pledge in building the local capacity and infrastructure of Syria’s neighbors, rather than permanent camps, which only breed hopelessness.” The United States’ generosity should inspire other countries to join the relief efforts. “The U.S. is leading the way and other countries need to step up,” said Ms. Limón. “We really encourage other nations to assist because Syrian refugees are suffering greatly.”

The official fact sheet provided by the U.S. Department of State reports that violence in Syria has generated more than 1.4 million refugees in the region. Assistance will go directly to benefit the most vulnerable with basic necessities.

USCRI has provided leadership for more than a century to protect the rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide. The organization advances humane and public policy, facilitates and provides direct professional services and promotes the full participation of migrants in community life.

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Media Contacts

Roberto Ponce, 703-310-1165, rponce[at]uscridc.org
Jenelle Eli, 703-310-1166, jeli[at]uscridc.org

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