Support International #MigrantsDay.

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Migration is a constant in our modern world, and immigrants play a vital role in the global economy. Today, on International Migrants Day, we recognize the importance of protecting the rights of all migrants. Your #DailyRevolution is to support an organization aiding migrants.


Since 1997, migrant organizations in Asia began recognizing December 18th as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly declared this day to be International Migrants Day; and in 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, committing to protect safe, orderly and regular migration, and those people on the move.

Approximately 1 billion people in the world are migrants according to the UN Migration Agency. Individuals and families leave their homes every day in search of opportunity, a better future, and in some cases, survival. Unfortunately, individuals migrating to new countries or cities are met with xenophobia, taken advantage of, enslaved, or disappear. We can help by voicing our support for migrants to Washington and volunteering with and donating to organizations that aid migrants.

We rounded up three organizations you can donate your time, goods, or funds to:

  • Direct Relief is an International humanitarian nonprofit that provides medical assistance to people affected by poverty, weather, and war-related disasters. Ranked the seventh largest U.S. charity by Forbes, Direct Relief partners with local health facilities to provide essential health services and address and prevent HIV/AIDS and diabetes.

  • Donate blood or funds to The American Red Cross, which also provides shelter, medical services, and psychosocial support to migrants and refugees in Africa, Europe, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

  • If you can’t donate money, you can donate household goods or volunteer to work with a newly arrived individual or family for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Since 1911, this organization has helped to provide the “foundations to rebuild lives” by connecting immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking with employment, health services, and education.

Take a moment today to enlist yourself in this global cause, and check out some personal stories from migrants in the UN’s Global Migration Film Festival.

 
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