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.
North Korea: Mercy Corps Welcomes Amb. Joseph Yun as Senior Fellow for Humanitarian Diplomacy
WASHINGTON, DC — The global organization Mercy Corps is pleased to welcome Ambassador Joseph Yun as its inaugural Senior Fellow for Humanitarian Diplomacy. Ambassador Yun will lead and advise Mercy Corps on its approaches to address the humanitarian crisis in North Korea. Ambassador Yun retired from the State Department after a distinguished career, serving until 2018 as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy. He played a key role in reopening a line of communication between North Korea and the United States.
Statement on the tragic loss of our team member
"On Friday 19 April, 2019, Faye Mooney, a Mercy Corps team member in Nigeria and British national, was tragically killed when gunmen stormed a vacation resort in Kaduna State, Nigeria, where she was visiting on holiday.
United States: Mercy Corps Northwest Entrepreneurship Program Expands to Empower Incarcerated Men
PORTLAND, Ore — Mercy Corps Northwest is expanding its entrepreneurial program for people who are incarcerated to the Columbia River Correctional Facility for Men in April 2019. Mercy Corps Northwest’s Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs (LIFE) program is a six to seven monthlong course designed to empower participants with the business and personal development skills to become financially independent once released. Previously, the program operated exclusively in an all-women facility.
United States: Cutting Aid to Central America is Shortsighted and Counterproductive
Slashing U.S. aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is a shortsighted and counterproductive move that undermines the goal of creating a safer and more prosperous Central America. Addressing the challenges of Central American migration should begin with examining the underlying factors that force many people to migrate.