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CAIR: Faith Leaders, Human Rights Groups, Former Assistant Secretary of State Stage First-Ever Civil Disobedience for Refugees in D.C.

As Pompeo seeks rubber stamp from Congress to end refugee resettlement, advocates will risk arrest wearing orange life vests symbolizing the lives that will be lost 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/19) – On Tuesday, October 15, 18 protesters — including heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Church World Service (CWS), as well as a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration — will risk arrest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the decimation of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The leaders will wear life vests symbolizing the life-saving program. 

Faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees, and refugee agencies will hold a major action on Capitol Hill as Secretary Pompeo meets with Congress to finalize the administration’s 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. 

WHAT: Protest and Civil Disobedience Responding to Decimation of Refugee Resettlement 

WHERE: Capitol Lawn Area 9, Constitution and First St NE

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15th at 1 PM

DETAILS: 18 protesters–including heads of Amnesty International USA, CAIR, America’s Voice and CWS — wearing life vests symbolizing the lives that could be saved or lost through the resettlement program will risk arrest on the steps of the US Capitol. Supporters will hold 95 photographs of refugees, a nod to the historic average refugee cap of 95,000. 



  • Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA 
  • Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service 
  • Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations 
  • Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America’s Voice 
  • Sarnata Reynolds, former counsel for the House Judiciary Committee


  • Sami Muya, a Refugee from Somalia separated from family members by anti-refugee policies

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CWS Senior Associate, Media & Storytelling Bilal Askaryar, 202-750-0960, | CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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