Seeking Justice & Advocating for Refugees and Other Immigrants Is for All of Us.
Whatever the changes to policy, our call, and commitment to putting love into action remain the same. Through advocacy and seeking justice for our immigrant and refugee neighbors, you can remove barriers that keep our new neighbors in isolation. When you advocate and seek justice, you embody the type of community that is represented in the early church, a community where everyone thrives.
This only happens, when we stand together.
Will you stand with us?
One crucial way to stand with us today is by speaking up to your elected officials.
Congress has the power to act and often make key decisions that affect vulnerable people around the world and in the United States. When you speak up and contact your elected officials, they are more likely to understand and support positions that would help people we care about. Consider organizing friends and family to write congress together!
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Convening a Christian conscience on behalf of the vulnerable is a core call of World Relief and an integral way that we empower local churches to serve and stand with the vulnerable. We consider it an essential task to engage the American church and remind leaders and congregations alike that our Christian faith should compel us to seek justice and mercy for the vulnerable and suffering.In increasingly divisive times, we are proud of our leading role as a thoughtful voice in the U.S. evangelical community.
World Relief intercedes on behalf of those who are suffering, in poverty or without protection, in order to influence those in positions of power who can save lives. We seek to not only defend and speak up on behalf of the vulnerable, but with and alongside them. Our commitment to advocate on behalf of the poor and oppressed is based on biblical truths and on the example of Jesus. We believe that such advocacy is an important witness to a watching world about the character of Jesus.
To that end, the World Relief Advocacy Team seeks to:
Address structural inequality & violence
Build a movement for justice
Deepen empathy and understanding
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."
— Proverbs 31:8
U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief
Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, where he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of refugees and immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values. He also serves as the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition that advocates for immigration reforms consistent with biblical values.
SVP of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief
Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions for the organization and leads the organization’s public relations efforts. In this position, she coordinates and leads the marketing, programs, and strategic engagement division teams on media relations, public engagement and brand elevation strategies. She also represents the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and leads mobilization efforts for churches on advocacy campaigns. She has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights and was on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political consulting companies in Maryland. Jenny is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate" and contributing author to three other books. Jenny was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.