USA for UNHCR Kicks Off Blue Key Campaign

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Drive Aims to Raise Awareness of, and Support for, the International Refugee Crisis

A baby plays with a doctor’s stethoscope at Kalma Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Nyala, South Darfur (photo taken December 2010. Photo credit: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.

Displaced Sudanese Undergo Medical Tests before Journey Home. Photo credit: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.

“Some refugees spend years, even decades, in displacement camps,” said Marc Breslaw, executive director of USA for UNHCR. "Many are traumatized by sexual violence, torture, and aggression."

Today, USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, put the Blue Key campaign into high gear. During the six weeks leading up to World Refugee Day (June 20th) the organization is asking 6,000 Americans to get their own Blue Key pin or pendant to show they are part of a growing community that supports the world’s most vulnerable people.

With more than 43 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—because of situations such as the current crisis in Libya—the international refugee crisis has ballooned in recent years. “Some refugees spend years, even decades, in displacement camps,” said Marc Breslaw, executive director of USA for UNHCR. “Furthermore, the number of urban refugees – displaced people living within cities – creates unforeseen challenges in the 21st century.”

Many refugees are traumatized by sexual violence, torture, and aggression. While displaced, these survivors need some semblance of normalcy—a school, a health clinic, a shelter. Beyond urgent needs, refugees need help rebuilding their lives so that they can once again provide for themselves and their families in a safe, stable environment.

“UNHCR has 6,000+ staffers, who work in 128 countries around the world, striving to enable refugees to restart their lives,” said Breslaw. “Unfortunately, the number of refugees continues to increase, straining UNHCR’s ability to meet their most basic needs. The vast majority of funding comes from donor governments and concerned individuals, corporations, and foundations around the globe.”

A Blue Key pin or pendant—symbolizing our power to help refugees open the door to a new home and a new future—costs just $5. “It’s a small amount,” said Breslaw, “but it will go a long way in showing support for refugees around the world and UNHCR's life-saving work. Americans are some of the most generous people in the world, and I’m convinced they will help us reach our goal.”

About USA for UNHCR

The Blue Key Campaign is spearheaded and directed by USA for UNHCR and is solely U.S. focused. Established by concerned U.S. citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that raises awareness and funds for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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