Capitol Hill Syria Briefing to Bring Attention to Plight of Refugees

Jul 25, 2012, 14:35 ET from Islamic Relief USA

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), the leading humanitarian Muslim organization in the United States, will host a Capitol Hill briefing July 31 titled "Syria in Crisis: Refugees & the Challenges of the Humanitarian Responses." The event is intended to shed light on the ongoing plight of refugees who have fled the escalating violence in Syria. 

The crisis in Syria has escalated dramatically since it began 16 months ago and has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 1 million Syrians. While the majority of Syrians are internally displaced within Syria, more than 114,000 have registered as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, and many others displaced outside their home country are fearful of formally registering as refugees. As the violence and death toll continue to rise in Syria, the Syrian people remain displaced and unable to return to their homes.   

What: "Syria in Crisis: Refugees & the Challenges of the Humanitarian Responses"

When: Tuesday, July 31, noon-1:00 PM

Where: B354 Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives

Welcoming Remarks by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)

Abed Ayoub, CEO of Islamic Relief USA
Michael Kocher, Vice President of International Rescue Committee
Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International
Dr. Zaher Sahloul, President of Syrian American Medical Society

"It's never been more important than now for humanitarian organizations to start serious discussions on how to address the needs of Syrian refugees," said Abed Ayoub, CEO of IRUSA. "I look forward to engaging with partner organizations about suggesting nuanced, informed and balanced approaches."  

Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA helped more than 5 million people in 34 countries, including the United States. In addition to its 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Islamic Relief USA is listed on the U.S. government's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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