InterAction Members Respond to Crisis in Syria

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The crisis in Syria, now in its fifth year, remains the greatest humanitarian emergency of our day. As continued extreme violence and indiscriminate fighting affect the country, the need for ongoing humanitarian assistance and a comprehensive political solution is greater than ever.

The United Nations estimates that 7.6 million people have been internally displaced by violence while almost 4.1 million people have fled their homes, schools, and communities and are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries. The influx and prolonged presence of refugees is crippling the nations that are hosting them, further destabilizing an already fragile region.

With 12.2 million Syrians currently affected by this crisis, the need for life-saving emergency assistance continues to grow.  But humanitarians can only strive to alleviate the suffering of the civilians caught in the middle of the senseless brutality of the conflict. An end to the conflict in Syria is needed, and only a political solution can lead to it. What will it take

As such, the collective failure of the international community to pursue a political solution for Syria continues to exacerbate the refugee crisis, evidenced by the increasing flow of refugees fleeing Syria and the region. 322,000 people have crossed into Europe since the beginning of 2015, of which at least 70% are refugees, mostly coming from Syria. UNHCR estimates that some 2,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

Below is a list of InterAction members who are responding to the Syria crisis. Read InterAction's guidelines on how best to help, and get advice from the Center for International Disaster Information on appropriate assistance.

For more information about how InterAction members are responding to the refugee crisis, visit InterAction's list of members available to talk to the media. All media inquiries may be directed to Burt Edwards (bedwards@interaction.org or 202.552.6554).

Airlink

Airlink is supporting partner nonprofits with transportation of personnel and material aid into areas where humanitarian support is needed, both in Europe and in the Middle East.

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Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA

The Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI-USA) acts in order to reduce the gap between official refugees assistance and the actual needs of refugees who are...

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CARE

As of spring 2013, CARE helped over 110,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and is expanding its refugee work in Lebanon. CARE continues to provide cash for essentials to Syrian...

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Catholic Relief Services

Through a network of local partners, Catholic Relief Services is supporting Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with medical assistance, food, essential living...

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Church World Service

CWS is supporting long-term partners and fellow ACT Alliance members International Orthodox Christian Charities and the Lutheran World Federation. CWS has sent IOCC CWS Baby Kits...

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CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc.

Until there is peace, Concern will be working to meet the needs of the Syrian people across the region.Inside Syria, we have provided access to clean water for 130,000 people...

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Global Communities

Global Communities has been providing assistance to communities affected by the conflict in Syria since August 2012. In Syria, through local partners, we have implemented in...

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Handicap International

Handicap International is ensuring that the most vulnerable victims of Syria's conflict are not forgotten - whether it’s providing a little boy in a refugee camp in Jordan with a...

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Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International is responding to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe. A shipment of aid is en route to Greece and HHI has a team on the ground in Croatia, working...

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Helping Hand for Relief and Development

HHRD sponsors Syrian Refugee Orphans, Children with Disabilities Program, Skills Development Program, Educational Support Program, Seasonal Ramadan and Eid Distributions, In-Kind...

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International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is operating mobile medical units in Damascus to provide health services to displaced families. At static clinics where International Medical Corps...

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International Orthodox Christian Charities

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 12 million...

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International Rescue Committee

The IRC is responding to the Syrian crisis in all surrounding countries receiving refugees. Most refugees are poor and live without legal status. They are also vulnerable to...

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Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief donors are providing assistance in the form of food parcels, mattresses, blankets, items for babies, housing rental assistance when applicable, medical assistance,...

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Jesuit Refugee Service / USA

JRS is accompanying and serving refugees in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs, Syria in the following areas: psychosocial support programs; food security (feeding 10,000+ people a day);...

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Life for Relief & Development

Since the Syrian crisis began, Life for Relief & Development has been providing emergency assistance inside Syria and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Our focus is on...

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Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief is shipping Mission Quilts, Baby Care Kits and Personal Care Kits to Serbia to distribute to refugees and migrants. Since October 2012, LWR has provided...

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Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

 MCC’s response with partner organizations in the region (Syria, Lebanon and Jordan) includes providing vital supplies to meet food, medical and shelter needs, and training...

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Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is helping about 2 million people inside Syria and in neighboring countries.In Jordan we are renovating existing water infrastructure and improving water access for...

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Mercy-USA For Aid and Development

On the ground, inside Syria: with permanent field staff since 2012, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development has been providing aid inside Syria. Currently, we are...

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Near East Foundation

With over four million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and continued cuts in humanitarian aid, NEF is helping refugee women and adolescent girls in Lebanon and Jordan...

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Oxfam America

Oxfam is working in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, aiming this year to reach 650,000 people. In Jordan, we have built water and sanitation facilities in the Zaatari refugee camp. At...

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Hunger Program

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been engaged in responding to the needs of displaced persons and refugees....

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Relief International

Relief International is providing life-saving relief such as water and sanitation services, hygiene promotion, and distribution of soap and hygiene kits inside Syria, Jordan and...

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Save the Children

Save the Children is in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria working with governments and our partner agencies to respond to the needs of Syrian children and their...

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ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox has been providing emergency shelter and supplies to families affected by the Syrian crisis in Iraq Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. We continue to provide...

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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

UUSC's Rights at Risk Program addresses human rights violations against refugees and asylum seekers that are fueled by border restrictions, short-sighted immigration controls, and...

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US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

 The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is ensuring that the rights of refugees fleeing Syria are being respected. USCRI is monitoring developments on the...

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US Fund for UNICEF

UNICEF, alongside partners, has been on the ground since the onset of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, reaching millions of people. UNICEF is working both in Syria and...

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World Food Program USA

Since fighting broke out more than four years ago, the crisis in Syria has become WFP’s largest and most complex emergency worldwide.Today, more than a third of the country's...

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World Renew

World Renew (previously known as CRWRC) is partnering with the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD) in in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria,...

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World Vision

World Vision has been focusing its response in Lebanon. The organization is providing basic hygiene kits and food vouchers.  Since 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and...

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Zakat Foundation of America

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is now taking monumental steps in opening its very own university to serve Syrian refugee students. The institution will feature a cafeteria...

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Experts List

Experts on Emergency Response:   Experts on Refugees and IDPs:
 

Alf Evans 
ShelterBox International
Issue Areas: Humanitarian action and disaster response in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kurdistan Iraq.
Languages: English
Contact:
Tiffany Stephenson                                     
941-726-6209

Bob Kitchen
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Emergency response
Languages:  English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Chris Palusky 
World Vision
Issue Areas: Emergency Response
Languages: English
Contact:  
Lauren Fisher
206-310-5476

Melody Munz 
International Rescue Committee 
Issue Area: Emergency Response, environmental engineering,
Language: English, French
Contact:
Melissa Winkler 
212-551-972

Muriel Tschopp 
International Rescue Committee
Issue Area: Emergency Distribution, Non-food-items, community-driven reconstruction, program coordination
Languages: French, Swiss-German, English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler 
212-551-972

Rob Maroni 
Issue Areas: Water access, shelter rehabilitation, non-food aid, child psychosocial support, conflict mitigation, Jordan
Languages: English
Contact:
Andie Long 
503-702-8578 

Sarah Kouzi 
Issue Areas: Shelter rehabilitation, non-food aid, child psychosocial support, conflict mitigation, Lebanon
Languages: Arabic, Spanish, French
Contact:
Andie Long 
503-702-8578 

Silke Pietzsch
Action Against Hunger
Issue Areas: Agriculture, Cash Transfers, Climate Change, Analysis & Surveillance, Drought Mitigation, Economic Rehabilitation & Recovery, Emergency Response, Integrated Assessments, Food Security, Participatory Community Development
Languages: English, French, Dutch, German
Contact: 
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport
212-967-7800 x134

 

Andrew Harper
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Jordan
Languages: English
Contact:
Ali BIBI 
+962-6-550-20-30, ext. 2301

Bryce Perry
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian refugee programming and needs inside Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Carol Batchelor 
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Turkey
Languages: English
Contact: 
Metin Corabatir 
+90-312-441-16-59

Laura Jacoby
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian refugee and Iraqi refugee returnee needs and programming inside Iraq
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Ninette Kelley 
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Refugees in Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact: 
Dana Sleiman 
+961-1-849-201, ext. 1421

Panos Moumtzis
UNHCR
Issue Areas: Middle East and North Africa, Humanitarian coordination, Refugees
Languages: English, Arabic, French, Greek
Contact:  
Lilli Tnaib
202-243-7619

Robert Warwick
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Humanitarian response inside Syria and Syrian refugee programming and needs inside Jordan.
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

 

Experts on Syria and Region:    Experts on Gender-Based Violence:
 

Luan Meraku
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: The IRC’s regional Syrian response, with a focus on Turkey. 
Languages: English, Albanian, Serbo-Croat
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Mike Young
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Syrian humanitarian needs and regional/country response
Languages: English
Contact: 
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Zerene Haddad
Jesuit Refugee Service/Middle East and North Africa
Issue Areas:  Communications.
Languages:  English, Arabic
Contact:  
Zerene Haddad
+961-7-127-3136

 

Melanie Megevand
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Gender-Based Violence, and urban refugees in Jordan 
Languages: French, English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

Sinead Murray
International Rescue Committee
Issue Areas: Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Gender-Based Violence in Lebanon
Languages: English
Contact:
Melissa Winkler
212-551-972

 

 

 

Experts on U.S. Response to Crisis:      
   

Mitzi Schroeder 
Jesuit Refugee Service
Issue Areas:  U.S. policy on the Middle Eastern countries
Languages:  English
Contact:
Christian Fuchs
202-629-5946

   

Media Contacts

Action Against Hunger
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport
erapport@actionagainsthunger.org
212-967-7800 x134

CARE
Stephanie Chen
schen@care.org
202-595-2824
404-819-6638  

International Rescue Committee             
Melissa Winkler
melissa.winkler@rescue.org
United States:212-551-972

Ned Colt
ned.colt@rescue.org
Jordan: +962-0-775-066-652

 

 

InterAction                
Burt Edwards
bedwards@interaction.org
202-552-6554

Jesuit Refugee Services     
Christian Fuchs
cfuchs@jesuit.org
United States: 202-629-5946

Zerene Haddad
middleeast.communications@jrs.net
Lebanon: +961-7-127-3136

Mercy Corps
Andie Long
along@sea.mercycorps.org
206-547-5212 x203
503-702-8578

 

  

ShelterBox USA
Tiffany Stephenson
tstephenson@shelterboxusa.org   
941-907-6036, ext.102                                            
941-726-6209                                             

UNHCR
Brian Hansford
hansford@unhcr.org
202-243-7623 
 
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Susannah Masur
smasur@unicefusa.org
212-880-9146 

World Vision
Lauren Fisher
lafisher@worldvision.org
206-310-5476