There are a number of ways you can support refugees
Connect with your Local Refugee Resettlement network to learn about the landscape and discover the needs in your community. Find your local Refugee Resettlement Agency here.
Volunteer with your local Refugee Resettlement Network. One HIAS-PCC4Refugees initiative is to implement a volunteer manual created by HIAS for community members working with refugees: “Refugee Resettlement in Partnership: A Guide for Community Volunteers and Institutions.” The guide can be adapted to RPCVs or any volunteers and implemented between NPCA and HIAS affiliates around the country. To download it from the HIAS website: here.
Build and/or Join a Team: Building a team allows you to bring together diverse voices—refugees, service providers, faith leaders, business owners, and others who want to lend their voice to your effort. PCC4Refugees can help connect you to others who are already doing this work in your area, through our coalition partners like Refugee Council USA and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
Meet With Elected Officials: PCC4Refugees can help you research where your elected officials stand on refugee-related policy issues and contact the state/local offices to request a meeting. Depending on timing, you might be able to meet directly with the legislator, otherwise you can meet with their staff. You will want to bring your team-members to the meeting so that you have various people to A) facilitate the meeting, B) share personal stories, C) raise specific issues, and D) ask the legislator to support and/or oppose specific legislative proposals. It is critical to follow up with the legislator’s office after the meeting to thank them for the meeting and build a longstanding relationship.
Send a message directly to President Trump telling him that the Executive Order threatens American values and history.
Host a Call-In Day: Convene your team-members, coworkers, friends, and neighbors to make calls to elected officials at the local, state, and national level. PCC4Refugees can work with you to prepare a simple script and/or talking points that are specific to your city or town so that you can maximize the effect of your initiative.
Educate Your Community: You can host a public forum to educate your community members about the plight of refugees around the world and the importance of U.S. leadership in supporting, protecting, and welcoming refugees. Your event could take on various formats—panel discussion, film screening with Q&A, lecture with breakout discussions, etc. PCC4Refugees can work with you to determine the best option for your community, identify potential speakers, and brainstorm outreach tactics.
Network with the Peace Corps Community. We are a resourceful and supportive community. Stay connected with PCC4 Refugees and with others across the world who are serving refugees
Spread the Word: Use social media to amplify your voice, send a strong message to legislators, and educate others about complex issues. Below are sample posts for you to directly urge your elected officials to show leadership in responding to the global refugee crisis:
[@ElectedOfficial], my community stands #WithRefugees. Show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting U.S. #refugee resettlement! #RefugeesWelcome
My values lead me to stand #WithRefugees who flee persecution. [@ElectedOfficial], please join me! #RefugeesWelcome
I urge [@ElectedOfficial] to join me in supporting + welcoming #refugees who flee persecution and have nowhere to go. #RefugeesWelcome
America is strongest when we welcome #refugees to our shores and weakest when we have shut our doors out of fear. [@ElectedOfficial], do you agree?
This information was put together in coordination with HIAS's advocacy team. If you have questions about the information here or would like additional help, please contact advocacy@HIAS.org and/or advocacy@PCC4Refugees.org