BALTIMORE, MD – World Relief Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Jenny Yang, releases the following statement commending the reintroduction of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390) co-sponsored by Reps. Smith and Eshoo:
“Over the past few years, religious persecution around the world—especially in the Middle East—has reached unprecedented levels. Christian, Yazidi and other minority religious communities, which have resided in the region for centuries and even millennia, have been driven from their homes and in many instances, systematically exterminated. Tragically, the world, for the most part, has stood by in silence.”
“The reintroduction of H.R. 390 comes at a time of urgent need. I applaud Rep. Chris Smith and Rep. Anna Eshoo for their unwavering commitment to provide relief and seek justice for the survivors of ISIS genocide in Iraq and Syria. This bill is critically important to the establishment of a broader peace throughout the region; one that defends the God-given religious freedoms of these extremely threatened communities.”
World Relief is a global humanitarian aid and development organization that stands with the vulnerable and partners with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transform lives and build sustainable communities. With over 70 years of experience, World Relief has 25 offices in the United States that specialize in refugee and immigration services, and works in 20 countries worldwide through disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding.
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Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief. She is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and & Truth in the Immigration Debate. Follow Jenny on Twitter @JennyYangWR.