Refugees

Secretary Kerry Remarks with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed – South Sudan, Somalia, Syria

“I want to emphasize how deeply the United States values and respects our friendship with Kenya. Today, our annual 2A trade exceeds 1.5 billion and U.S. investors are increasingly attracted to the possibilities here, especially in such sectors as energy, agri-business, and ICT. Our governments work together on a range of issues, including climate change, where I might add Kenya is a regional leader, both through its engagement in the international climate negotiations and through its own ambitious domestic efforts.”

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Ambassador Samantha Power’s Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

The Secretary-General’s annual report continues to be a valuable tool for documenting abuses and for identifying those responsible. The Security Council’s mandate on children and armed conflict – which includes monitoring, reporting, and listing of parties for violations – is crucial, and must be maintained.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The Syrian conflict remains the largest and most complex humanitarian emergency of our time, with more than two-thirds of Syria’s pre-war population—over 18 million people—in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria.

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The U.S. Announces Nearly $23 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine Crisis

The funding announced today will support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and other international humanitarian organizations as they provide for the basic survival needs of thousands of vulnerable people. This contribution is available to help supply food, clothing, bedding, access to medical care and supplies, shelter materials, repair of key infrastructure, and more.

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Samantha Power’s Remarks on “The Global Refugee Crisis: Overcoming Fears and Spurring Action,” at the U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador Power: “We are in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Just like the people at the heart of it, this crisis crosses borders, oceans, and continents.”

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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at Launch of MICIC Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster

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Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto emphasizes the importance of multi-stakeholder effort and commitment to advance the protection of migrants.

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The United States is Announcing New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

In light of recent events in Iraq, and in response to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ recent appeals for emergency needs in Fallujah, the United States is announcing an additional $20 million in humanitarian aid to UNHCR’s Iraq response. This will be part of a larger package of humanitarian assistance that will be announced later this year.

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Secretary Kerry on World Refugee Day: “The United States is determined to find solutions”

The refugees we welcome to the United States will join previous generations who have come to this country to escape violence and persecution – threats to human life and dignity that remain all too real today. History celebrates such moments when we have overcome bias and fear, and opened our doors. Those who have walked through them have made immeasurable contributions to our community of citizens and enriched our lives. Their achievements are a testament to the potential all humans have to heal, to overcome loss, to start over, and to the obligation we share, to give future generations that chance.

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Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at Refugee Youth and Future She Deserves Event

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Today, I’m excited that we are combining the efforts of The Future She Deserves – our Mission’s signature initiative to promote gender equality – with the Global Refugee Youth Consultation. After what you’ve gone through, many would have lost hope. But you didn’t. You engaged with peers, international organizations, and government leaders. You developed recommendations on what should be done to provide the support you need. You’ve made your voices heard and, as a result, you are role models for others. At a time when we’ve never had more young people in the world – far too many of them forced to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere – thank you for reminding us of the value and power of youth so that we can take your feedback and commit to doing all we can to give you the future you deserve.

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Ambassador Hamamoto: Remarks at Global Refugee Youth Consultations

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Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since World War II to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. Many of them are young people and, we, the humanitarian community, haven’t done enough for them. The unique capacities of young refugees are often overlooked…their aspirations misunderstood…their needs rarely met. These incredible young men and women – those who are here with us today, and all those they represent – are showing us the way forward. With the “Core Actions for Refugee Youth,” they have given us a roadmap. And it is now our collective responsibility to support all the recommendations of this document and to help UNHCR and other key stakeholders with its implementation.

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