Political Advocacy

 
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The Syrian Emergency Task Force was originally established to advocate on behalf of the Syrian people in the United States Government. We have never lost sight of that objective.

We believe that it is the responsibility of the United States to play a leadership role in the world to help stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria because an end to the violence serves both US National Interests and aligns with the core values and principles our country was founded on. Protecting civilians is also key in our fight against terrorism in the region and globally.

SETF works with Congress, White House, and State Department as well as NGOs and the U.N. to advocate for the protection of civilians in Syria to end the humanitarian disaster and stop the ever-increasing refugee crisis.

We meet regularly with members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, and their staff, to brief them on the latest in Syria and request civilian protection and safe zones to end the refugee flows and help bring about a political solution to the conflict.

We regularly facilitate bi-partisan congressional delegations from both the House and Senate to the Northern and Southern borders of Syria to meet with medical workers, refugees, as well as civilian and military leaders. Notably, we facilitated and organized Senator John McCain’s trip inside Syria where he met with the leadership of the Armed Opposition.

We also help facilitate trips of opposition leadership, brave activists, and doctors from Syria to Washington. We organize meetings, hearings, and briefings in the US Congress, White House, State Department, and prominent think tanks in Washington DC.

Success with Congress:

SETF assisted in supporting and introducing of H.R. 1327, the Free Syria Act of 2013 in the House of Representatives and played a major role in supporting the Caesar Civilian Protection Act of 2016 which recently passed the in the Senate foreign relations committee. Additionally, SETF supported and advocated for sanctions against Iran and Russia for human rights abuses including S722 which passed the House and Senate. We have also successfully petitioned and lobbied for Temporary Protective Status for Syria.

The White House has also issued a statement supporting the Caesar Bill.

 John McCain and Executive Director, Mouaz Moustafa, on SETF facilitated and organized trip inside Syria.

John McCain and Executive Director, Mouaz Moustafa, on SETF facilitated and organized trip inside Syria.

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You can help the CAESAR BILL become a law: CALL YOUR SENATORS

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act has passed the House of Representatives twice, and has now passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In order for the Caesar bill to become law, it must pass the Senate before the next Congress (end of 2018).

Please, we urge everyone to CALL YOUR SENATORS  with an urgent request for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow FLOOR TIME for the Caesar Bill. 

When the Caesar Bill becomes law, the Syrian people will have hope for protection and justice from the United States. It will be the most effective action by the U.S. to bring accountability and stability for the people of Syria.