More Than 70 Organizations Oppose Proposed Cut-Off in Foreign Assistance to Central America

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More Than 70 Organizations Oppose Proposed Cut-Off in Foreign Assistance to Central America

InterAction and over 70 member organizations issued the below statement in response to announcements by the Trump Administration that it is ending foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras:

By cutting off poverty-alleviating and violence-reducing assistance to the people and civil society organizations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the Trump Administration is taking a step that undermines its own policy goals and runs counter to American values and interests. For years, leaders from both parties have supported U.S. development and humanitarian aid to Central America. That is because these relatively small investments address the grinding poverty, instability and human rights concerns at the root of displacement. The current levels of violence and suffering in the Northern Triangle of Central America risk severe further deterioration if development and humanitarian assistance is withdrawn.

Sadly, the unpredictability and volatility that stem from such chaotic policy decisions can erode the effectiveness of foreign assistance. The Administration frequently views U.S. foreign assistance only in transactional terms and not as part of a long-term strategy.

In response to this short-sighted and irresponsible decision, we urge Congress to demonstrate strong bipartisan support for aid to Central America.

InterAction Member Organizations Signed On to Our Statement (As of 4/4/2019):

1,000 Days

Action Against Hunger

Alliance for Peacebuilding

Alliance to End Hunger

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)


Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA (AVSI USA)

Bethany Christian Services

Better World Campaign

Bread for the World

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Cadasta Foundation


Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Child Aid

ChildFund International

Church World Service

Concern Worldwide U.S.

CORE Group

Food for the Hungry

Global Communities

Global Health Council

Global Water 2020

Heartland Alliance International

Heifer International

Helen Keller International

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)



iMMAP Inc.

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

International Relief Teams
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Youth Foundation
IntraHealth International

Islamic Relief USA

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Keystone Human Services

Lutheran World Relief

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Without Limits

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International

Norwegian Refugee Council USA

Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD)


Oxfam America


Plan International USA

Planet Aid

Plant with Purpose

Project Concern International (PCI)

Refugees International

Relief International


ReSurge International

Save the Children

Solar Cookers International

Solidarity Center


The Hunger Project

The Nature Conservancy

Trickle Up

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

United Methodist Committee on Relief

United Nations Association – USA

Village Enterprise

WaterAid America

Women’s Refugee Commission

World Renew

World Vision