Our member organizations met in DC on Sept. 13th to speak directly with their Congressional representatives about issues affecting humanitarian work in Syria.
On September 13th, 2018 the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) held its second annual Advocacy Event in Washington, DC. Representatives from our member organizations convened on Capitol Hill for a day full of meetings with their representatives, to speak with them about the issues that most impact their humanitarian work for Syrians. Topics of focus in this year advocacy event included the importance of supporting education programs for Syrian children and youth, and the future of the Idlib region.
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Washington, DC. (April 10, 2018) — The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) condemns Saturday’s chemical attack in Douma, Syria, that killed at least 42 people. The victims’ symptoms, according to ARCS member Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), indicated that they suffocated from exposure to toxic chemicals. Over 500 people, most of them women and children, were rushed to nearby medical facilities also with symptoms indicative of chemical gas exposure.
February 12th, 2018 (Washington, D.C.)--Over the past weeks humanitarian organizations on the ground have been witnessing some of the most intense and distressing scenes since the conflict started. Recent reports of chemical weapons attacks and airstrikes targeting hospitals attest to the deterioration of any semblance of safety or security on the ground. Members of the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) urgently appeal to the international community and all conflicting parties to halt violence and cease the intentional targeting of schools, hospitals, and other civilian areas.
Washington, DC (January 31, 2018)- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is renewing, but not redesignating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. While we, as Syrian American organizations, are reassured by the renewal which will allow Syrians with current-TPS status to remain inside the country, we are deeply disturbed by the failure of the Administration to redesignate TPS--a decision that will prevent nearly 2,000 non-TPS-holders already living in the United States from applying for TPS.
It has been five long years since Ahmad, his sister, and their parents were all together as a family back in Damascus, Syria. Today, as uncertainty swirls about the status of Syrian refugees in the US, Ahmad is not sure when--or where--there will be another family reunion.
This much he does know: He does not plan to go back to his war-torn country any time soon. Now 33 and a cyber security expert working at a US-based company, Ahmad’s dream--the dream of all displaced people--is to find a place to settle and live a decent life.