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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 26, 2017 For more information, contact: Rachel Walden, UUA Communications Specialist (617) 948-4652 (office) (979) 492-4827 (mobile) Pamela Sparr, UUSC Associate Director for Justice-Building (617) 301-4335 (office) (240) 460-6320 (mobile) Boston, MA– In the wake of growing fear- and hate-mongering policies and actions from city councils, state houses, the […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Ira Arlook c: 202-258-5437, FRIDAY, MARCH 24,2017 Attacks Endanger Innocent Syrians Trump Claims to Be Protecting Organization Calls for Congressional Action to Stop Further Military Strikes The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) today denounced […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Ira Arlook c: 202-258-5437, FRIDAY, MARCH 24,2017 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Praises U.N. Human Rights Council Vote for Investigation of Rohingya Attacks as “First Step” to Hold Military Accountable and Stop Ethnic Cleansing […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017 CONTACT: Ira Arlook, c: 202 258-5437 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to Launch Resistance Resource Network   Urges Citizen Action to Stop Trump Immigration Orders  To Push for More Sanctuary Jurisdictions While Supporting “Sanctuary Infrastructure”  The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) will create a “Resistance Resource Network” to provide […]

PRESS RELEASE Contact(s): Shayna Lewis, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee,, 617-301-4333 Amy Fischer, RAICES,, 202-459-1977 Erika Almirón, Juntos,, 215-218-9079 Cristina Parker, Grassroots Leadership,, 915-497-2747  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: Follow Panel’s Recommendation to Close Immigration Detention Centers  Reject ICE Director Saldaña’s attempt to bury the report she commissioned because she didn’t like its Conclusion Close the family residential […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2016 Contact Name: Paul Twitchell Phone Number: 617-401-4355 Email: Documentary tells untold story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, who spent nearly two years on life-threatening missions to save refugees and dissidents from the Nazis WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS – Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a new documentary co-directed by Ken […]

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UUSC In the News

BOSTON — In 1939 Frederick May Eliot, president of the American Unitarian Association, was looking for a volunteer willing to go to Europe to help refugees escape Nazi persecution. He contacted 16 ministers, who all turned him down.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are set to release a 27-year-old Honduran migrant mother who attempted suicide minutes after officials gave her the choice between paying a $5,000 bond or remaining in an immigration detention center in Texas.

Asylum-seeking mothers incarcerated at a privately operated detention camp in Karnes, Texas, alleged they were threatened with deportation and separation from their children after initiating a four-day hunger strike last week.

"The encyclical repeatedly asserts the interconnectedness of all life and calls for ‘the honesty needed to question certain models of development, production, and consumption.’"

Federal officials face increasing pressure to stop detaining immigrant families and release more than 1,300 mothers and children.

UUSC Experts


Amber Moulton leads UUSC’s emergent research program, designed to raise awareness about critical human rights issues and help advance UUSC’s advocacy work. As the researcher in the Programs, Advocacy, and Action Department, Moulton draws on a wealth of experience in legal and academic research, teaching, and writing. Author of The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights […]

Senior Program Leader for Rights at Risk

Jillian Tuck directs UUSC’s response to urgent humanitarian disasters and gross violations of civil and political rights. As the senior program leader of the Rights at Risk Program, Tuck develops program strategy, cultivates relationships with grassroots partners, and provides technical expertise to a variety of stakeholders. Tuck is an attorney, educator, and dedicated immigrants’ rights activist. Prior […]

Senior Program Leader for Environmental Justice and Climate Action

Salote Soqo leads the implementation of UUSC’s environmental justice and climate action program. As senior program leader, she works to identify, develop and evaluate a new human rights portfolio focused on environmental issues affecting vulnerable individuals and communities, with special emphasis on resource rights such as the human right to water, food sovereignty and climate […]

Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Rachel Gore Freed is a human rights lawyer with a wealth of domestic and international experience. As UUSC’s vice president and chief program officer, she oversees all aspects of the Programs, Advocacy, and Action Department, including program strategy, development, delivery, and evaluation. Freed leads the organization’s creative and effective approaches to advancing human rights. Freed has […]