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about #GreaterAs1

#GreaterAs1 is a global homebase for refugee solidarity — a campaign to unite the global community in our support of refugees.

Today, we face both the worst global displacement crisis since World War II and unprecedented political pushback against life-saving refugee resettlement programs. With more than 65 million people now forcibly displaced from their homes because of war, violence and persecution, it has never been more urgent than now to come together and stand for welcome.

We are at a historical crossroads: we can succumb to apathy and fear—or we can choose to reaffirm our shared humanity, redoubling our efforts to help refugees seeking safety

But we can’t fight this battle alone — we need your support.

Whether through a small gesture of welcome or lifelong advocacy for refugees, we want to offer you a space to do just that — engage on this critical issue in a supportive setting, in whatever way is right for you.

However you choose to be a part of our global campaign, we firmly believe: we must all pledge to do one thing to help — and energize others to follow suit — if we’re going to truly mitigate the global refugee crisis.

So let’s maximize the impact of our efforts by bringing others on board with us. Let’s renew our determination to address the challenges ahead. Let’s bolster our efforts to effect meaningful change on this life-or-death issue.

Together, let’s act now for a better world tomorrow—because we are all #GreaterAs1.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey


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our team

#GreaterAs1 is the brainchild of the team behind the Immigration and Refugee Program at  CWS — a global humanitarian organization and one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. The U.S. government contracts with resettlement agencies like ours to resettle refugees across the country and directly administer services that help newly arrived refugees rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient, productive members of their new communities in the U.S.

Across the U.S., CWS directly administers nine local offices and contracts with an additional 25 affiliates throughout the nation. Together, CWS’ network of 34 offices partner with local organizations, volunteers, and faith communities to help refugees resettle. In the past fiscal year alone, the CWS network has resettled 9,687 people from 35 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Bhutan Iran and Ukraine, out of a total of 84,994 refugees resettled in the U.S. across all nine of its resettlement agencies.

CWS offices offer newly arrived refugees basic needs support, case management, cultural orientation, health access assistance, and job preparation and placement help.

Over the past 70 years, CWS has helped more than 850,000 refugees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and other immigrants rebuild their lives. Whether by serving the most vulnerable where they are or by fostering welcoming communities and networks of vitality, CWS has been at the forefront of refugee work since it first opened its doors in 1946.