The following statement regarding Red Cross support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the United States may be attributed to the American Red Cross:
“Every day around the world, people make the difficult decision to leave their homes — and their countries — with the hope of finding a safer place to live and hope for a better future. Families migrate for different reasons: conflict, violence, human rights violations, lack of economic prospects or natural disasters. At the American Red Cross, we believe that every human deserves to be safe and healthy — regardless of citizenship status.
The Red Cross is committed to supporting the humanitarian needs of all individuals in accordance with our seven fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. As a humanitarian organization, these principles guide our actions every day and compel us to alleviate suffering in the U.S. and around the world.
This may include supporting organizations with services for people in their care by providing training and relief supplies such as cots, blankets, hygiene items, first aid kits and towels. And, depending on local and partner needs, our assistance might also include providing food, water, comfort, health services and mental health support.
We aim to prevent and mitigate additional humanitarian consequences that migration can bring — including the potential for separation and loss of contact with family, disappearances of family members or loved ones, detention and medical issues. In some cases, the Red Cross has provided phones to local organizations, which people can use to reconnect with family members back home to let them know they’re safe.
As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have long provided support to people who have crossed international borders and are in need of assistance. The Red Cross is committed to delivering help to anyone in distress — regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or citizenship status — and to always remain a neutral and impartial party, so we can reach people when and where it is needed most.
For a more robust picture of how the American Red Cross aids refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/how-does-the-american-red-cross-help-migrants.html"