International Migration & Refugee Issues,
Mission: Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice among the world's most vulnerable people.
Programs: Services to displaced persons - the cws commitment to refugees and other displaced persons is a prophetic expression of our calling in faith to welcome strangers, to give voice to the uprooted, to provide durable solutions, and to challenge those responsible for suffering and displacement. Cws works with a network of churches, organizations, and individuals that assist uprooted persons that have had to flee their countries due to persecution, armed conflict, etc. Together, we seek to provide forcibly displaced populations support to address critical unmet needs as durable solutions are sought. Activities include: sheltering people temporarily displaced by civil strife and other factors beyond their control, providing shelter, food, medical assistance, legal aid, etc. To refugees, refugee resettlement in the us through congregations, protecting the uprooted persons in the most vulnerable situations, responding to new and emerging refugee situations, advocating initiatives that influence us government and other policies and laws affecting the protection of uprooted persons, and providing immigration services and support.
emergency response - cws joins together with others to support people and communities in humanitarian crises around the world. Cws helps the faith community play its special role in disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response. In responding to emergencies and working during prolonged periods of need, cws works to ensure the world's most vulnerable people become self-sufficient. The goal is to assist communities experiencing crisis to achieve durable solutions that build or restore peace and justice. Activities include: emergency assistance to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable survivors of natural and human caused disasters, material assistance related to natural and human caused disasters, mitigation, preparedness, planning, and sustainable assistance to minimize the impact of disasters, disaster preparedness and immediate and long-term response activities of people and communities preparing for and affected by natural and human caused disasters, and provision of pastoral, spiritual, and psychological care that helps disaster survivors cope with the crisis situation and recover their capacity to move forward positively.
global relief and development - cws works in partnership with local organizations, churches, individuals, organizations, and others around the world to bring about sustainable change. By working together to support development and food security, cws seeks to work with marginalized communities experiencing chronic hunger and poverty and to achieve durable solutions that build peace and justice. The focus of the work is on the most vulnerable persons and communities to develop socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities and achieve a higher quality of life. The following programs are part of this functional category: hunger and malnutrition, climate change and sustainability, education, water, livelihoods, food security and rights, indigenous peoples, protection of vulnerable youth and children, and health.
advocacy - grounded in faith, cws seeks to build and strengthen relationships, build partnerships and coalitions, and advocate for a more just and peaceful world. At the core of cws' work is to help people of faith put faith into action. Cws lives out our core values through witness and cooperation with communities of faith, ecumenical networks, civil society groups, and other partners. The emphasis on relationships enables partnerships to be built around the world that informs and inspires our work and lead to advocacy for issues that build or restore peace and justice. Activities include: joining with governments, international and national organizations, churches, and others to take action on public policy issues, advocacy on issues related to hunger and malnutrition, climate change; international development policy; refugee and immigration policy; etc. , development of clear and focused policy analyses that support the advocacy work of cws, promoting global ecumenical ministry and witness with regional and national councils of churches, participating in the local, national and international dialogue between christians and persons of other faiths, cooperating with other faith traditions and bodies in addressing issues of common concern, supporting missions to the usa from other parts of the world, and increasing understanding and effectiveness of member communions, churches, and other organizations in their mission and witness.