Voice for Refuge urges Congress to pass the bipartisan WELCOMED Act to provide resettlement assistance for Afghan allies and friends

September 7, 2021
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Margolis, memargolis@voiceforrefuge.org

New York City –  Voice for Refuge Action Fund celebrates the introduction of the Welcoming Evacuees Coming from Overseas to Mitigate Effects of Displacement Act, or the WELCOMED Act. The bipartisan legislation championed by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) would allow Afghan allies and friends, whom the United States evacuated from Afghanistan, entering the United States with “humanitarian parole,” to receive vital services to integrate and thrive in their new communities.

Under the WELCOMED Act, Afghans who entered with humanitarian parole would have access to the same resettlement services as Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients and refugees who are resettled through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). These services include medical and mental health care, housing and food assistance, English language programs, job training and school enrollment assistance for children. 

Voice for Refuge urges Congress to authorize all evacuated Afghans to receive resettlement services, provide supplemental funding to equip our communities with the resources they need to help Afghans rebuild their lives, and create an opportunity for Afghans entering on humanitarian parole to apply for legal permanent residence.  

About Voice for Refuge: Voice for Refuge is the first 501(c)4 organization created to advance pro-refugee policies at the national, state, and local level and to hold elected leaders accountable to upholding America’s legacy of welcome. Voice for Refuge is educating the public about the benefits of refugee resettlement, advocating for pro-refugee policies in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and increasing civic engagement among refugees through non-partisan voter education. Voice for Refuge will also promote the representation of refugees in government by supporting former refugees and pro-refugee candidates running for office at the national, state, and local level. For more information or to get involved visit voiceforrefuge.org or contact info@voiceforrefuge.org.

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Voice for Refuge Action Fund is a first-of-its-kind 501(c)(4) organization created to stand alongside and elevate refugee voices in the fight for justice and equality.