Delivering aid with dignity

International law establishes that all people affected by humanitarian crises — natural disasters, war, and other conflict — have an equal right to aid and assistance with dignity. Grassroots experience shows, however, that this right is one of the first casualties of a crisis.

Disasters and conflict don’t affect everyone the same way; they rearrange existing inequalities. In times of crisis, your race, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, and immigration status all affect your situation, your ability to access aid and protection, and your chances of rebuilding your life. In responding to major natural disasters and forgotten conflicts, UUSC finds out who is getting left behind in relief efforts because of who they are and helps them access aid, protection, and recovery assistance.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration has to stop housing refugee children in jail-like conditions. This decision could...
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Human rights agency the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has hailed as a major victory the decision late Friday by U.S. District Judge...
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Carla DeMore, Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice volunteer, and Mohammad Abdollahi, staff member of RAICES, a UUSC partner, negotiating...
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Human rights organization the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee this morning heralds the release...
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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Monday, July 13, 2015 — Human rights agency the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee said in a statement...
Defending the Rights of Asylum Seekers At the base of the Statue of Liberty, a national symbol of democracy and freedom, these words by poet Emma...
The earthquake that devastated Nepal in late April completely destroyed 5,000 schools and left the human right to education of more than 1 million...
The Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP) of Haiti has been a UUSC partner for the past five years. Since the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) was...
UUSC is monitoring the plight of stateless Rohingya migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia and is deeply saddened to see the Myanmar government’s...
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Helping women in labor, getting Dalit kids back to school, preventing illness and epidemics

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