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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Delegation to Travel to Jordan to Meet with Refugees from Syria and Iraq, November 5-7

(Washington, D.C.) – Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) will lead a team of Board Members and staff to Jordan to assess the conditions of Syrian refugees who continue to flee the war.  The trip, taking place November 5 -7, will be USCRI’s second to Jordan since July. 

“I feel it is important that USCRI go now because the spiraling violence in Syria has seen no pause, and the situation of the refugees has become even more dire.  It concerns me that since our last visit, a large camp for refugees, Za’atari, has been erected in the desert near the border between Jordan and Syria where more than 38,000 refugees, primarily women and children, now live in tents in primitive conditions.  It is disheartening that another camp is in the works,” said Ms. Limón. “It is sad that I will most likely see some of the same people – four months later – with no solutions in sight.” USCRI will continue to explore whether we are delivering help to desperate Syrian refugees in the best way possible, and to look for better solutions.

USCRI’s will publish daily updates starting Monday, November 5th, at Reports from the Field: Jordan and on our Facebook page.

Pointing to alternatives, Ms. Limón’s Op Ed on the Syrian refugee crisis, Refugee Camps are the Wrong Choice for Syrians, was published recently in Roll Call.

USCRI has been protecting refugees, serving immigrants and upholding freedom since 1911.

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