Today, March 17th marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bipartisan Refugee Act of 1980 into law. This landmark legislation formally created the U.S. resettlement program and created the statutory basis for the modern day asylum program. The Refugee Act of 1980 reflects the best of our nation’s moral leadership in refugee protection and resettlement. On this anniversary, let us remember that we are stronger when we work together as neighbors, communities, and countries. The Refugee Act embodies this spirit of collaboration and solidarity, including to support the most vulnerable among us.
In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis, we stand in solidarity with our refugee neighbors and commemorate this historic anniversary. Please join us in taking action to underscore the spirit of welcome and solidarity of the Refugee Act and the contributions of refugees in our communities.
Here are the top ways to take action. For more resources, check out this Toolkit for Action: 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980: http://bit.ly/RefugeeAct40thBday.
- Host an Online Activity or Event: Sign up here to add your event to the map or RSVP to an action.
- Amplify on Social Media: Click “Find Legislators” on the right to tweet at your Members of Congress and tell them to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Refugee Act. You can also share these sample posts, graphics, and videos. You can use the hashtags: #40YearsofWelcome #40YearsOfGivingBack #CommunitiesTogether
- Engage Media: Write Letters to the Editor for local media outlets.
Thank you for taking action, and please share this alert with your networks!