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Is the Biden Administration Turning a Page on Humanitarian Protection for Immigrants?

March 24, 2021
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Register now for April 8 webinar

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations for a webinar on Thursday, April 8, from 4:00 – 5:00PM ET, to learn more about the current state of humanitarian protection and ways The Episcopal Church can engage on these issues.

Joe Biden’s campaign promised to bring major changes to the way the United States treats asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection in this country. In contrast to the previous administration, which restricted asylum access at the U.S.-Mexico border through various policies and slashed refugee numbers, the Biden administration pledged to reverse these measures to promote a more humane migration policy. However, the first 100 days has seen the new administration adopt a more deliberate slow pace in undoing these policies, especially as more unaccompanied children arrive at the Southwest border seeking protection. The increase in immigrants seeking protection raises questions over how the administration will respond to these near and long-term challenges given the previous administration’s approach and what’s needed to implement a more humanitarian process.

In addition to the Church’s migration ministry and policy staff, the webinar will include a moderated panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session, with the following experts:

  • Mark Greenberg, Senior Fellow and Director, Human Services Initiative, Migration Policy Institute
  • Yael Schacher, Senior U.S. Advocate, Refugees International
  • Danilo Zak, Policy and Advocacy Associate, National Immigration Forum

Registration is required. Register here.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 13 affiliate offices in 11 states. In addition to its long-standing work in refugee resettlement ministry, Episcopal Migration Ministries is The Episcopal Church’s convening place for collaboration, education, and information-sharing on migration. To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit or text ‘EMM’ to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).

About the Office of Government Relations:

The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. We aim to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All policy positions are based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, the legislative and governing bodies of the Church.