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World Relief Issues Statement on supporting Refugees and the Vulnerable Immigrants in Brazil.

March 7, 2018

World Relief Issues Statement on supporting Refugees and the Vulnerable Immigrants in Brazil.

Our world is currently in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis in history. Of the world’s 22.5 million refugees, the UN estimates that 1.2 million are in critical need of resettlement in 2018 because they face extreme vulnerabilities or family reunification needs. 

Desperate for protection and surrounded by unfamiliar, sometimes unwelcoming faces, refugees are truly some of the world’s most vulnerable people. World Relief is committed to helping refugees and immigrants from all countries resettle and rebuild their lives. Our expertise gained in over 70 years of aid and development gives us the ability to meet the immediate needs of the vulnerable, and implement programs which lead to sustainable growth and development – transforming vulnerable regions into thriving communities.

World Relief has begun preliminary discussions with UNHCR | UN – Brazil, Brazilian Authorities and other local non-governmental organizations to develop partnerships to serve refugees and vulnerable immigrants. 

This week, two of our Senior Vice Presidents, Dr. Mark Reddy and Dr. Emily Gray along with Dra. Cintia Meirelles, Executive Director of LMA Consulting (our representatives for World Relief implementation studies in Brazil), were in meetings with His Eminence Cardinal Don Orani João Tempesta, President of CARITAS Dr. Cândido Feliciano together with Monsignor André Sampaio, other local representatives of that institution.

They were also meetings at the Municipal Secretariat for Human Rights and Citizenship of the City of São Paulo with the Honorable Secretary, Dra. Eloisa Arruda addressing possible partnerships and also in Brasilia with UNHCR – ACNUR Brazil addressing an extensive refugee resettlement project. 

We are extremely pleased with the outcome of these meetings, and are hoping to establish partnerships in the short term.

Tim Breene,
CEO of World Relief

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World Relief is a global humanitarian relief 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 works in 20 countries worldwide through disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding and has offices in the United States that specialize in refugee and immigration services.

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