United States: Mercy Corps Urges Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Safe from the Start Act
Last week a bipartisan group of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives took bold action to enhance the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence during humanitarian crises by introducing the Safe from the Start Act (H.R. 4092). This legislation was introduced by Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA). Mercy Corps calls on Congress to swiftly pass this vital legislation.
Nepal: Mercy Corps Responds to Monsoon Flooding in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal — The global organization Mercy Corps is responding in Nepal to monsoon rains that have triggered life-threatening flash floods, affecting millions across South Asia. In Nepal, 75,000 people are displaced and more than 18,000 homes are either partially damaged or fully destroyed.
Trump Administration Should Fully Reinstate U.S. Aid to the Northern Triangle
Yesterday the Trump Administration announced that it will deliver some previously allocated funding for aid and development programs in Central America, but will withhold additional aid until the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras take action to curb migration.
Jordan: How Virtual Reality Is Helping Refugees in Jordan and Beyond
The global organization Mercy Corps is partnering with the University of Bradford’s Building Resilience Through Heritage (BReaTHe) project, to help Syrian refugees in Jordan improve their psychological and emotional wellbeing.
U.S. Charities Launch Global Emergency Response Coalition to Expedite Action During Humanitarian Crisis
Washington, DC – June 5, 2019 – Eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have renewed their commitment to the Global Emergency Response Coalition. Originally created in April 2017 to broaden awareness and take urgent action when disasters occur, the Coalition is made up of field-based, well respected and vetted organizations that are combining their capabilities and technical capacities in a joint effort.
DR Congo: Community Mobilization Essential for Halting Ebola Spread in DRC
GOMA – The global organization Mercy Corps has published new analysis, which demonstrates how community mobilization should be a central element to help stop the spread of Ebola in DRC and neighboring countries, taking lessons from the West Africa epidemic of 2014-2015.
Syria: 44 Syrian and International NGOs Call for Immediate End to Attacks on Civilians and Hospitals in Idlib, Syria
Three million civilians in northwest Syria are scared and many are homeless. With no concrete actions taken beyond political statements and promises, Syria and the world may soon be witnessing the “worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century”. Rescue and medical workers on the ground are warning that they have not seen such ferocious attacks in eight years in Idlib. If the conflict continues to escalate, as many as 700,000 people could be displaced from their homes in Syria’s last opposition stronghold.
United States: Mercy Corps Calls for Swift Senate Vote on Bipartisan Global Fragility Act after House of Representatives Approval
WASHINGTON, DC – Mercy Corps celebrates the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Global Fragility Act (H.R. 2116) today. This strong bipartisan support demonstrates an emerging political consensus that investing in efforts to address the root causes of violence and conflict is smart, cost-effective policy. With more than 68 million people displaced globally by violent conflict, the U.S. government must prioritize efforts to prevent violence and human suffering.
United States: Testimony by Megan Doherty to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Libya's Deepening Humanitarian Crisis
Chairman Deutch, Ranking Member Wilson, and Members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on the conflict in Libya and implications for U.S. policy. I am grateful to the Subcommittee for giving this important issue the attention it deserves. After a brief analysis of the current humanitarian situation, my testimony will focus on recommendations for the international community and U.S. policymakers.
United States: US Assistance Is Improving Lives, Addressing Root Causes of Migration in Central America
Washington, DC — New research by the global organization Mercy Corps finds that U.S. aid to Central America is helping to build safer and more prosperous communities. The new report released today, Subsist or Persist, examines factors causing people to flee Central America and the links between U.S. development programs in the region and migration.