March 1, 2022
It is heartbreaking to watch yet another senseless war unfold, causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes to find safety. As of earlier today, the UN estimates that over 670,000 people have fled Ukraine and crossed to neighboring countries. We know that the flow has just begun, and that there are hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people within Ukraine, and millions more who will need a safe haven if the war continues.
September 23, 2021
By Julie Gersten
Like many of you, my heart breaks as I watch the events at the Del Rio, Texas border unfold. The deportations and use of horses and whips by border patrol agents against mostly Haitian migrants seeking to claim asylum in the United States is both illegal and cruel. Many of these individuals and families have traveled for years for the opportunity to seek safety at our shores. It is important to note that Haitians, like all asylum seekers, have a legal right to seek asylum in the United States and are not required by law to present at an official port of entry. Instead of processing them, many are being automatically returned to a country in turmoil. Haiti today is experiencing deep political instability, crushing poverty, gang violence and the impact of a major earthquake.