Vigil at the Supreme Court
January 30, 2017
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international humanitarian-aid organization founded by Albert Einstein in 1933. Originally conceptualized as a refugee resettlement agency to provide aid to Jewish individuals fleeing fascism in Europe, the IRC has since continued to address international and domestic humanitarian crises. The IRC operates as a refugee resettlement agency in 29 U.S. cities and 30 countries. The agency is dedicated to helping restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to those devastated by conflict and disaster.
The Trump Administration recently signed an Executive Order banning travel from Muslim-majority countries, suspending the refugee resettlement program, and blocking refugee admission into the United States. President Trump’s aim to implement an “extreme vetting” refugee policy is uninformed, un-American, and inhumane. I will not stay silent when the human dignity of others is threatened. I will not stand for the neglect of the most vulnerable. I will not support xenophobia and prejudice that is detrimental to our nation and fundamentally contrary to American values.
Over the past week, many of my fellow students at Georgetown University have expressed a feeling of helplessness and despair. I have been humbled by the generous, compassionate actions of my peers and looked to them to answer the question: “What can I do to help?”
I am proposing this fundraiser to provide another possible answer to the question we’ve all been asking. Please join me in supporting the International Rescue Committee. Through this platform, I hope to raise over $2,000 to help advocate for refugees internationally and in the United States. This is one small action I will take to condemn the actions of the Trump Administration, but with your help I think we can increase its impact. Together we can speak up against this shameful policy, raise awareness, and stand in solidarity with refugees across the globe.
Thank you for standing with me,