Human Rights


June 30, 2009

Dear Senators:

Support S. 1549, the Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention Act, and S. 1550, the Strong STANDARDS Act (Safe Treatment, Avoiding Needless Deaths, and Abuse Reduction in the Detention System).

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to support S. 1549, the...

June 24, 2009

The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, Chairman Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law Senate Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Durbin:

We write to express our strong support for the Crimes Against Humanity Act of 2009. This...

June 11, 2009

The President The White House Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As senior religious leaders in the United States, we write to give voice to the compelling need for a comprehensive investigation into U.S.-sponsored torture since 9/11. We believe the most credible way to...

June 4, 2009

Dear Member of Congress,

On behalf of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, we applaud Senators Menendez (DNJ), Gillibrand (D-NY), Kennedy (D-MA) and Schumer (D-NY) for introducing S. 1085, the Reuniting Families Act, legislation that would take important steps in helping immigrant...

May 26, 2009

We are working with faith-based and other allies to insure that comrepehensive immigration reform addresses these issues: extend full recognition to the rights of immigrant workers, including the possibility of permanent status and eventual U.S. citizenship; address family immigration in a...

April 16, 2009

While we usually concentrate our updates from Washington on legislative action, a new president and administration often take executive actions on important issues. Here is some of what President Obama and his Administration have done on issues of particular interest to The Episcopal Church. As...

April 8, 2009

Dear Representative,

As representatives of a diverse array of religious communities, we write to urge you to co-sponsor and vote in support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act—H.R. 1913 (LLEHCPA). In the 110th Congress, the House approved similar legislation on May 3,...

March 22, 2009

Human rights violations in the Philippines, in particular the abduction of Episcopalian James M. Balao, have been addressed in Episcopal Church testimony sent to the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations and Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations.


March 19, 2009

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, Greek Catholic Archbishop Elias Chacour and Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan were granted permission to enter Gaza March 10 to make a pastoral visit to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Dawani and...

March 18, 2009

Testimony of Rev. Canon Brian Grieves and Alexander D. Baumgarten [1] on behalf of The Episcopal Church submitted to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations.

On behalf of the Episcopal Church we are pleased to...