• Press Release

Faith Leaders, Human Rights Groups, and Former Assistant Secretary of State Stage Civil Disobedience for Refugees

October 11, 2019

On Tuesday, October 15th, 18 protestors–including heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice, CAIR, and Church World Service, as well as a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration–will risk arrest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The leaders will wear life vests symbolizing the life-saving refugee resettlement program. 

Faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees, and refugee agencies will hold a major action on Capitol Hill as Secretary Pompeo meets with Congress to finalize the administration’s 80% cut to the refugee admissions program.  

WHAT: Protest and Civil Disobedience Responding to Decimation of Refugee Resettlement 

WHERE: Capitol Lawn Area 9, Constitution and First St NE

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15th at 1:00 PM

DETAILS: 18 protestors–including heads of Amnesty International USA, CAIR, America’s Voice and CWS–wearing life vests symbolizing the lives that could be saved or lost through the resettlement program will risk arrest on the steps of the US Capitol. Supporters will hold 95 photographs of refugees, a nod to the historic average refugee cap of 95,000. 


Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA 

Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service 

Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations 

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America’s Voice 

Sarnata Reynolds, former counsel for the House Judiciary Committee


Sami Muya, a Refugee from Somalia separated from family members by anti-refugee policies