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Advocating for Refugees

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Advocating for refugee resettlement is vital to effectively respond to the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Resettlement agencies and refugee organizations are being forced to close offices with budgets slashings.  Reducing the number of refugees allowed into this county will only worsen the global humanitarian crisis.

Join us as we let our legislators at federal, state and local levels know that you are a humanitarian and American who believes in welcoming refugees.

HHR/WRI launched an Advocacy campaign, beginning with the United Nations-sponsored World Refugee Day (6.20.18)) and continuing beyond Welcoming Week 2018(September 14-23).  

If you or your group are interested in letting your voice be heard, we can help.  To receive a Toolkit for the postcard and electronic Advocacy campaign, Email:

Advocate for Refugees

Ask your Member of Congress to stand up for refugees: Advocating for  Refugees.   

Urge ALL your representatives
1) Advocate for welcoming refugees
2) Designate more funding to aid Syrians 

Advocate for Special Immigrant Visa program*

Iraqi and Afghan translators risk their lives and the lives of their families to assist our troops. As a result, many have been living in hiding and in fear for years while they await their visas. As of Spring 2017, there were approximately 60,000 Iraqi and 15,000 Afghan interpreters who had applied to resettle in the US, but only 1,437 visas were granted under the SIV Program and USRAP.  

If you or your community is interested in advocating for SIV's, check out No One Left Behind and Veterans for American Ideals.  Please contact these organizations, and write your legislators expressing support for SIV cases. 

*To learn more, please join us for a special and compelling event to learn more about the SIV program*

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Advance Screening of The Interpreters film with filmmakers Sofian Khan and Andres Caballero Q&A post screening

The Interpreters follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters, and the American veterans they worked with. In many cases, interpreters face danger in their countries because of their affiliation with the US war effort. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives. Click here for details and to purchase tickets. Military veterans pay half price.

7:30 pm, The Pelham Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

Sponsored in part by Hearts and Homes for Refugees/the Westchester Refugee Initiative

Toolkit for Postcard Campaign 

We are happy to provide pre-labeled postcards for any event you might be planning. Please print out our short informational sheets with sample messages for sharing with concerned citizens. If people want to personalize their message that is great! Remember, the postcards should be:

  • Respectful (no matter how you feel about the policy!)
  • Handwritten (that is the most powerful)
  • With name and address (at a minimum, writers should include their name and zip code)
  • Don’t let your participants take the postcards home! The best way to ensure the postcards are actually sent is to put them in the mail yourself. Before dropping your postcards in the mail, be sure to count how many were completed and let us know by email at

Ideas for getting postcards signed:

  • Organize and host one big event to collect many signatures at once.
  • Invite six to ten friends to coffee or dinner and ask them to sign postcards. .


Print out multiple copies of the petition to bring to any event and ask for signers. Citizens are encouraged to sign the petition AS WELL AS send postcards.

Please return the signed petitions to Hearts and Homes for Refugees.

If you really prefer to mail the petition yourself, please be sure to let us know that you’ve mailed it and how many signatures you were able to collect.