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how to share your story - A Guide for refugee leaders

Personal stories have the power to bring understanding and change opinions. By sharing the story of your resettlement to the United States, you can motivate your elected officials to vote for welcoming refugee policies, in- spire your neighbors to help other refugees coming to your community and encourage your community to support your local resettlement affiliate. You can be part of the reason more refugees are welcomed and resettled here!

People need to hear directly from refugees - they need to hear from you. You’ll find some tips on how to share your story here.

Tell Your Local, State, and National Leaders That you Welcome Refugees

Call your Senators and Representatives in congress & Tell Them Your Community Welcomes Refugees

Call 1-866-940-2439 three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators. 

Here’s a sample of what to say: “I am a constituent from [CITY, STATE], and I urge you to welcome refugees and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy that extends hospitality and offers a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States.”

You can also share a personal story about the importance of refugees to you, your faith, your community, your business, etc. Let them know the specific ways that refugees benefit and are welcomed into your community, and why refugee protection is so important to you.

You can also tweet your policy makers: “.@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE, my community stands #WithRefugees! Show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting U.S. refugee resettlement! #RefugeesWelcome”

For more tips on how to make your voice heard with Members of Congress, click here.

Communicate This Message with Your State & Local Officials too

Your state and local leaders need to hear the same message. Tell them that your community welcomes refugees. To find your governor, state legislators, mayor, and local officials, click here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. To tweet your state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for your governor and state legislators.

it is more important than ever for all of our elected officials to hear that their communities welcome refugees. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. We cannot turn our backs on the refugees we have pledged to welcome. Nor can we discriminate against individuals based on where they’re from or what religion they practice. Refugee resettlement must continue to be a cornerstone of U.S. values and global leadership.