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. 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 regularly brief members, and staff, of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, on the latest in Syria, 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 the House of Representatives for a third time. 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.
You can help the CAESAR BILL become a law: CALL YOUR SENATORS
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act has passed the House of Representatives THREE TIMES. It has also passed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In order for the Caesar bill to become law, it must now pass the whole Senate.
Please, we urge everyone to CALL YOUR SENATORS to show your support for the Caesar bill and request Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 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.
How you Can help:
Call your Representatives! Ask them to do all they can to make the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act law. Ask them to support the No Assistance for Assad Act and to publically call on the Assad Regime, Iran, and Russia to stop killing civilians in Idlib Province Syria. Finally ask them to do all that is in their power to bring home Majd Kamalmaz an American therapist, and all Americans detained by the Assad Regime.