One of the best ways to support refugees at home is to get informed and spread the word. Here are a few simple, yet effective ways you can raise your voice in support of refugees in your community and beyond.

  1. Do your research.聽Understanding the mechanics of a problem is the first step in helping to solve it.聽UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is an excellent resource for understanding the basics of today鈥檚 refugee crises around the world.
  2. Reach out to your聽elected officials.聽Sarah Pierce, a聽policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute鈥檚 US Immigration program, tells Brit + Cothat even though the president determines how many refugees are allowed to come to the US, it鈥檚 still a good idea to reach out to your representatives and senators. 鈥淎nything that would potentially influence the president is a good thing to do,鈥 she says. You can find contact info for your state and local officials here.
  3. Get involved with a local refugee resettlement agency. Many of these agencies have a very small staff working hard to support refugees, so volunteering your time to help one of these groups with a range of tasks 鈥 from office administration to social media 鈥 can go a long way. UNHCR鈥檚 directory聽of US resettlement agencies is a good jumping-off point.
  4. Donate.聽Charitable organizations are always grappling with budget challenges. In addition, many resettlement agencies saw their funding slashed when Trump took office. An easy, helpful way to lend a hand is to make a financial donation to organizations that work with refugees.
  5. Tell refugees that you鈥檙e paying attention.聽You can reach out directly to refugees by sending letters. Through CARE International, a non-profit that works to end poverty, you can send a letter to refugees letting them know you鈥檙e paying attention to their struggle.

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