The Time to Advocate for Refugees Is Now

Today, conflicts around the world continue to displace children of all ages. The dangers inherent to child refugees and internally displaced children put them at risk every day.  In conflict, everything is on the table – death, injury, sexual violence, protection risks.  Children are terrified. They are hearing explosions, they are being asked to flee with just the clothes on their backs. The risk to their mental health and potential for long-term trauma cannot be underestimated.

Save the Children is an organization that helps refugees and an outspoken champion for every last child. Together with our political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network, we work to ensure children’s voices are heard, their rights are realized and their issues are given top priority.

With the world's focus on Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and too many other growing refugee crises, it's more important that we advocate for refugees and children displaced by conflict. Learn more about refugee advocacy by visiting  Save the Children Advocacy Network (SCAN) and help secure a brighter future for children.

How to Advocate for Refugees

Learn more about the issues facing refugees and children displaced by conflict — and what you can do to become an advocate for asylum advocacy.

Advocate to increase foreign aid funding to help families on the brink of starvation

In Yemen, a boy sits on the floor of the home he shares with his family after being displaced by conflict.

The global hunger crisis is the worst it’s been in a century – and now, the conflict in Ukraine is threatening to push even more children to the brink of starvation. 

Russia and Ukraine export more than a quarter of the world’s wheat supply, and the current violence is causing a disastrous rise in the cost of grain. 

At this price, struggling parents in food-insecure countries can’t afford to put food on the table – and their children can’t afford to miss more meals. Without relief, they’ll be at even greater risk of illness or death.  

Advocate for refugee children and displaced children around the world by joining our political advocacy arm — Save the Children Advocacy Network's —  efforts. Send a message to your member of Congress: we must increase foreign aid funding to help families around the world survive this devastating shock.

Advocate to help fight the global mental health crisis for kids

In Tigray, a young girl works on a colorful painting as part of a mental health support program that helps children in conflict.

Today, a record number of children – 1 in 6 – are living in war zones around the world. Children in Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and around the world are facing unimaginable mental and physical trauma than ever before. And due to the pandemic, global levels of poverty are on the rise while mental health is declining – especially amongst kids.

Advocate for refugee children and displaced children around the world by joining our political advocacy arm — Save the Children Advocacy Network's —  efforts. Send a message to your members of Congress: co-sponsor the MINDS Act to ensure kids around the world grow up happy and healthy.

Advocate to open all humanitarian pathways for displaced Afghan refugees 

The United States recently helped thousands of Afghan children and families fleeing violence. Many are now seeking to build new lives in our country.  

For those who have already arrived safely on U.S. soil, their journeys are far from over. It is our duty to provide them with reliable humanitarian assistance – halting deportations of these refugees, expediting family reunification, securing safe housing, and providing access to legal and case management services. 

Join our political advocacy - Save the Children Action Network's - refugee and asylum advocacy efforts by sending a message to President Biden: we must open all humanitarian pathways for displaced Afghans seeking safety in the United States.

Advocate for refugee children to get the education they deserve

Today, millions of refugees and displaced children aren’t getting the education that they deserve. 

Access to quality education can help to provide protection for refugee and displaced children and ensure they are learning and growing, no matter where they live. 

Advocate for refugee children and displaced children around the world by joining our political advocacy arm — Save the Children Advocacy Network's —  efforts.

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