Everywhere for Everyone: World Red Cross Day

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is recognized every May 8th, honoring the lives and work of the amazing volunteers that make the global Red Cross Movement possible. Here in the United States, this humanitarian work includes delivering life-saving blood, ensuring the public are prepared for disaster, and reconnecting families separated internationally by conflict, crises and migration. Globally, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are responding to the needs of Syrians caught in the midst of conflict, providing food and shelter for refugees in Greece, and responding to medical emergencies in Mexico. 

And that is just the beginning. To see more of the global work of the Red Cross Movement, please watch the video below.

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Sarajevo Hosts European Restoring Family Links Conference

Sarajevo Hosts European Restoring Family Links Conference

The annual European Restoring Family Links conference was this week in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and more than 100 representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 40 countries around the world are attending the three-day conference, which was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Restoring Family Links (RFL) is a term describing a range of activities aimed at preventing people from getting separated, restoring contact between family members and clarifying what has happened to people who have gone missing as a consequence of armed conflict, natural and man-made disasters and international migration. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 1/18/2016 – 1/22/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 1/18/2016 – 1/22/2016

Migration in the Americas: Following the US-Mexico border crisis in 2014, the US government took several measures to address increased migration from Central America – it ran ads in Northern Triangle discouraging migration, it increased foreign aid to address security and provide youth more in-country opportunity, and recently began increasing deportations of Central Americans. However, these efforts do little to address, and often ignore, the rampant violence and other push factors causing children and families to migrate.

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Today's Headlines, Tomorrow's Humanitarians

Today's Headlines, Tomorrow's Humanitarians

What news headlines did you hear or read today?  Did they include a bombing, a kidnapping, or an attack on civilians half a world away?  Or maybe a hurricane or cyclone which sent people fleeing while wiping out everything?  How does that headline concern you?  Do you ever wonder what becomes of these people, after the tragedies of today’s headlines makes room for tomorrow’s? 

I was asking myself these questions again while moderating a very special panel on Restoring Family Links (RFL) at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Geneva, December 8, 2015. 

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