Human Rights & Peacebuilding
We support legislation and policies that protect human rights, prevent atrocities, promote gender justice, and work towards reconciliation around the world. We also partner and work with provinces throughout the Anglican Communion.
Statement: Human Rights Day: Defending Human Rights During and After COVID-19 (December 2020)
Statement: International Response on COVID-19 (March 2020)
Peace and Conflict
We call on the U.S. government and governments around the world to respect the dignity and human rights of every person and to support diplomatic resolutions in areas of conflict. We recognize the unique role that the U.S. and Congress can play in addressing and taking action on these issues.
The Episcopal Church has a longstanding policy in support of reconciliation and restorative justice and advocates for sustainable, long-lasting peace. We advocate for a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We lift up the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and their mission and life-saving ministries.
The U.S government has engaged in a multi-pronged response to the conflict in Yemen. While it supports the United Nations efforts to find a political settlement, the U.S. continues to provide military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, including the selling of armaments and munitions to the coalition in support of the US export market. It also continues to provide funding contributions for humanitarian aid.
Northern Triangle: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
The Episcopal Church promotes gender equality around the world, and condemns all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. By supporting U.S. foreign aid programs that prioritize the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we seek to achieve a just world for all.
Episcopal Church Resources
- Statement: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (December 2020)
- Episcopal Relief and Development on Gender Equality
Support the Safe from the Start Act!
The Episcopal Church, through General Convention, has long supported efforts to combat human trafficking. The Church supports legislation that protects human trafficking victims, particularly women and children. The Church also advocates for policies oriented to the recovery and reintegration of trafficking victims into society. We urge the U.S. government to work towards solutions to end modern slavery in all its forms and to partner with NGO’s, religious groups, and other governments to ensure we end this violation of human dignity.
As a member province of the global Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church actively collaborates with international Anglican partners to confront the complex web of challenges around global migration that play a significant role in human trafficking.
Episcopal Church Resources
The Office of Government Relations