Syrian Refugee Response

"The families of two of my predecessors, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, escaped Hitler and Stalin, and they landed on the shores of our county, like so many other American families centuries earlier, all of whom came here yearning and hoping for a brighter future." --Secretary Kerry


Date: 11/19/2015 Description: Graphic reading 'The U.S. has safely admitted 3 million refugees since 1975. Our nation can welcome families and individuals desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. #RefugeesWelcome.' Background photo reads 'Cuban Refugees April 1980.' - State Dept Image

Many people want to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, but don’t know where to begin. The best way to help those affected by a disaster overseas is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the region. USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) posts lists of organizations that are responding to particular disasters.

You can also help to save lives and reduce human suffering after crises by sharing information within your communities -- schools, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods -- about needs-based assistance. CIDI has online toolkits that can help you get started.


The United States remains committed to helping the innocent children, women, and men affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict in March 2011 is now more than $5.9 billion. The United States remains the single-largest donor of humanitarian aid for those affected by Syria crisis, which has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.

However, no amount of humanitarian aid can meet the tremendous needs of the Syrians displaced inside the country and beyond its borders. To bring an end to the suffering and violence, the United States continues to work with the international community to reach a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Syria. Until there is a negotiated political settlement, the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) will continue to support international efforts to deliver aid and alleviate suffering.

To do this, we will continue to need your help and your voices speaking up in support of what we are doing and explaining to the public the importance of the aid we direct to humanitarian organizations.


09/27/16 Briefing on Syria Humanitarian Assistance;  Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Washington, DC
09/27/16 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
08/29/16 Syrian Refugee Admissions;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
07/12/16 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
07/12/16 Remarks at a Reception in Celebration of Eid al-Fitr;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC
06/30/16  Private Sector Call to Action on Refugees
06/20/16 Remarks at the Interfaith Iftar Reception;  Secretary of State John Kerry; ADAMS Center; Sterling, Virginia
06/20/16 Remarks With College Students at the U.S. Diplomacy Center Refugee Simulation;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Harry S. Truman Building; Washington, DC
05/04/16  University Engagement Toolkit: How Campuses Are Helping Refugees