ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is pleased to join Welcome.US, a new national initiative, built across sectors, political parties and all walks of life, to empower Americans to welcome and support our new Afghan neighbors.

Refugees leave their homes because they have no other choice. They want the same safety that any of us would want if we were in their shoes. They just want to be part of a safe community again.

Within this context and in partnership with resettlement agencies, community leaders, refugees, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, veterans, universities, governors and mayors, and many others, Welcome.US will create a single point of entry for Americans who want to get involved and support our Afghan neighbors starting new lives in the United States.

As part of the effort to engage Americans and welcome our Afghan neighbors seeking safety, Welcome.US is creating the Welcome Fund to give emergency grants to local and regional nonprofits working directly to address the most urgent needs facing Afghans rebuilding their lives in communities across the country.

While Welcome.US is focused initially on mobilizing welcome for our new Afghan neighbors, its vision is to create a movement of welcome for all people seeking safety.  Just as Afghan refugees are resettled in the U.S., Haitian refugees at the U.S. southern border should be welcomed. This is about bringing the country together to welcome people seeking safety with dignity and compassion.

HOW IT WORKS

The society we want to live in is one where we take care of people who need safety. This is about looking after each other. Strong communities help people realize their potential, and welcoming others who also want to contribute makes society better for all. This is the foundation on which the Welcome.US initiative is built.

This is why Welcome.US believes that partners are critical to helping support our new Afghan neighbors get settled and build their new lives in the United States. Welcome.US will provide their partners with the following support:

  • A Platform for Partners’ Needs and Calls to Action. Welcome.US will curate and feature the calls to action of their partners and invite the public to get involved by visiting their website and taking action in the way they most need.
  • Storytelling and Amplification. Welcome.US will feature stories of the incredible work partners are doing — both by amplifying existing stories and by producing new content. In addition, partners can receive overall communications support to lift up their message through earned media and beyond.
  • Strategic Collaborations. Welcome.US will facilitate strategic, creative collaborations between partners to help respond to urgent challenges or opportunities within the coalition. This could mean creating a new partnership, launching a public campaign, sharing best practices among non-profit organizations — or much more.

This is also where the help of activists like you comes in! If you are interested in joining or have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to [email protected] website and Denise Bell, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at [email protected].

AMNESTY'S ROLE

In response to the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crises in Haiti and Afghanistan, AIUSA has launched an urgent response calling on the Biden administration and Congress to welcome more refugees into the United States; halt deportations to Haiti and Afghanistan; and support people seeking safety through refugee resettlement, meaningful access to asylum, and humanitarian response funding.

In partnership with Welcome.US, Amnesty International is helping build a movement of welcome for people seeking safety. We all want to live in a world where we look after each other, and everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.

AIUSA believes that all of us are stronger advocates when we take powerful and personal actions connected to the issues we care about. How quickly and how comprehensively we are able to welcome our new neighbors will decide just how bright our future can be.

CALL TO ACTION

Promote and expand community sponsorship — including a new private sponsorship program — to empower people across the United States to directly welcome and support our new neighbors

Admit at least 200,000 refugees into the U.S. in fiscal year 2022

Immediately halt deportations to Haiti and Afghanistan, and designate Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status, as has already been done for Haiti

Pass an Afghan Adjustment Act to ensure Afghan newcomers have a roadmap to citizenship

Immediately end Title 42 expulsions and uphold the U.S. legal and moral obligation to allow people to seek asylum

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship is a simple but radical idea: activists like you have the opportunity to play a key role in assisting people as they reach safety and settle into their new homes. Not only are you creating positive change at the local level, you are also joining a global movement of trailblazers who directly welcome refugees into our communities. 

Community sponsors are guides, advocates, and friends to their newly arriving neighbors. In partnership with local resettlement agencies and affiliates, they commit to provide financial support, in-kind contributions, and volunteer services to refugees, asylum-seekers, and forcibly displaced people.

To get involved in this powerful expression of welcome, contact [email protected]

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