Refugee Congress Statement on Events at the Capitol


WASHINGTON–Refugee Congress condemns the violent actions of the mob at the U.S. Capitol yesterday and calls for a peaceful transition of power to the Biden-Harris Administration.

As former refugees and asylum-seekers, Refugee Congress Delegates and Honorary Delegates have fled violence and know firsthand the tragedies and loss that come with anti-democratic violence. To many of us, yesterday was a sad reminder of the political unrest we experienced back home.

We look to the United States as a beacon of hope for democracy. The United States has a long history of honoring the will of voters and a smooth, peaceful transition of power, and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the coming weeks and years.


Refugee Congress is a nonpartisan advocacy organization built and led by former refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants to promote the well-being, integration and dignity of all vulnerable migrants. With delegates across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, we use our voices and experiences to inform and influence decision-makers on critical domestic and international issues that affect our communities.

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