Weekly Update, 12 February 2021
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March 2021

Upcoming Meeting

11 March 2021
    Subcommittee Time: 11:00am - 11:50am (EST)
    General Meeting:  12:00pm - 1:30pm (EST)

Due to Covid-19 response measures, no in-person meeting will be held in March. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Open Letter to States on Universal Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

In an open letter on universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and other NGO consortia, along with the Civil Society Action Committee, are calling on States to ensure that all people worldwide, without distinction of any kind, have access to an effective COVID-19 vaccine in a timely manner.

The letter, sent on February 8, 2021 and addressed to the Permanent Missions in Geneva and to the United Nations Secretary General Office, focuses on universal access to COVID-19 vaccine and calls upon States to  
  • Step up multilateral efforts and lead a truly global response to the pandemic. 
  • Develop a global allocation framework that puts humanity at the center;  prioritizing those at higher risk of infection and/or developing serious disease. 
  • Strengthen the collaboration between States, pharmaceutical companies and all other private actors in the supply and production chain to rapidly step up the production of vaccines’ and at a price affordable for all. 

Read and share the open letter.

Invitation to Attend CSocD Side Event:
Can a 'Mouse' Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?


The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) invites you to attend the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) side event, "Can a 'Mouse' Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?: ICT, Forcibly Displaced Families and Early Childhood Interventions."

The event is co-sponsored by the NGO CoM and will take place from 1:15-2:30pm (EST) on 17 February.

It will feature the following speakers:

  • Danielle De La Fuente, Founder & Executive Director of Amal Alliance
    • "Education Disrupted: Reimagining Learning during the Pandemic"
  • Niels Peter Rygaard, Co-Founder & CEO Fairstart Foundation
    • "How can governments and NGOs cooperate to improve the mental health and education of abandoned children?"
  • Isabel Christina Granada Garces, Senior Sector Specialist, Migration Initiative - Inter-American Development Bank
    • "Piloting Digital Solutions for Migrant Children in Colombia, Peru, and Brazil"
  • Aaron Meyerson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband, New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer
    • "The NYC Internet Master Plan and Bridging the Digital Divide"

See the event flyer for more details, and click here to register.


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Seeking NGOs Providing Direct Services to Migrant Families/Children in Corona/Elmhurst Queens

The NGO CoM Subcommittee on Migrant and Refugee Children is working on a project to elevate the voices of migrant and refugee children, highlighting the importance of Early Childhood Education and Care.

As part of this initiative, we are seeking contacts with NGOs that provide direct services to the migrant community in the Corona/Elmhurst section of Queens, a neighborhood with the largest share of immigrant households of any community district in NYC and the United States.

If your NGO is a service provider to migrant families/children in Corona/Elmhurst we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact Maria Pia Belloni at or Jane McCall Politi at to explore the possibility of collaborating on this project.


Survey on Migrant and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting responses to a survey prepared by the Subcommittee on Xenophobia and Social Inclusion to assess the impact COVID-19 has had on the migrant population in relation to xenophobia and social exclusion.

The survey is available here in 
EnglishSpanish, and French. Please send it out as widely as possible through your networks.

We are seeking replies from NGOs, academia, civil society institutions and United Nations entities in order to obtain as comprehensive data as possible on this essential grassroots work. Please consult the linked survey for an account of how we plan to use the data and publish the results.   

Thank you for taking the time to respond. If you have any further questions, please contact

Renew your CoM Membership & Join a Subcommittee!

NGO CoMWe are continuing the process of collecting annual membership dues and convening subcommittees.

The NGO Committee on Migration organizes many of its activities through member participation in the following four subcommittees:

  • Environment / Climate-Induced Displacement
  • Migrant & Refugee Children
  • Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability / Mixed Migration
  • Xenophobia & Social Inclusion
By formally joining a subcommittee, you will be able to receive a link to access the online subcommittee gatherings, which precede the general portion of each Member Meeting.

Click here to renew your CoM membership and here to join one of the four subcommittees listed above!


Sign the Petition: Urge Biden to Deliver on Promises to Immigrant Communities

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has issued a call to action, urging individuals to sign a joint petition urging the U.S. Administration to deliver on protections that communities need to thrive. From immigration detention to creating pathways to citizenship, Biden and the U.S. Congress have the power to protect millions. Please consider signing onto the joint letter, demanding:

  • Citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants that does not grow the deportation force of ICE and CBP;
  • The defunding of ICE, CBP and police, including the end to collaboration between these forces;
  • Immediate protections for our communities, starting with the reinstatement and expansion of DACA and TPS;
  • Broad and inclusive COVID-19 relief and recovery that does not discriminate on the basis of immigration status; and
  • A moratorium on enforcement, the release of immigrants held in ICE and CBP detention camps and their closure; and the right of all people to come home who have been deported.

Add your name now: Demand the Biden administration and Congress take bold and progressive action that protects immigrants. Sign on here.

Endorse NGO CoM Letter to the US Mission on Climate Displacement


The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting signatures, from member organizations, on a letter to the US Mission addressing climate displacement.

The letter serves as an introduction to our committee, encourages US leadership and action in the interrelated areas of environment and human mobility, and invites collaboration and partnership between the NGO Committee on Migration and the US government in the term ahead.

We are aiming to secure as many member organization endorsements as possible. Interested members of the NGO Committee on Migration may sign on by completing the online form.

Click here to read the letter and click here to sign on.

12 February: Franciscans International. New Dynamics in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States. Webinar 10:00am (EST). *Details *Register

13 February: New Sanctuary Coalition. Love Your Neighbor: an online variety show to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. 7:30pm (EST). *Details & Tickets

15 February: Report Launch: A Decade of Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa. Webinar 4:00am-7:00am (EST) *Details *Register

16 February: Refugee & migrant Education Network. Education in Exhile: Current State and Importance of Refugee Education as a Pathway to Opportunity. Webinar 11:00am-12:00am (EST). *Details & Register

17 February: CSocD side event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Migration. Can a "Mouse" Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?: ICT, Forcibly Displaced Families and Early Childhood Interventions. 1:15pm-2:30pm (EST) *Details *Register

25 February: UNHCR. Parliamentary Action to End Statelessness by 2024. Webinar 8:00am-9:30am (EST). *Details & Register
1 March: Women in Migration Network and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Launch of new report, No Borders to Equality. 10:00am (EST). *Details & Register
See our DIGITAL CALENDAR for a complete record of upcoming migration events with all relevant details! To get automatic CoM calendar updates in your personal Google calendar, open the link above and click on the Google logo in the bottom-right corner.


Refugees International. At a Climate Change Crossroads: How a Biden-Harris Administration Can Support and Protect Communities Displaced by Climate Change. *Website *PDF

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. A Guide to President Biden's Executive Orders, Proclamations & Agency Announcements on Immigration. *PDF (English, Spanish)

United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs. International Migration 2020 Highlights. *Website *PDF *Brief *YouTube

Migration Policy Institute. "Critical Migration Governance Issues in a Changed World." Collection of reports. *Website

Journal on Migration and Human Security. The Household Financial Losses Triggered by an Immigration Arrest, and How State and Local Government Can Most Effectively Protect Their Constituents. *Website *PDF

Kids In Need of Defense Europe. Advancing Protection for Unaccompanied Children in Europe by Strengthening Legal Assistance. *PDF

Center for Migration Studies. Improving the U.S. Immigration System in the First Year of the Biden Administration. *Website *PDF

World Health Organization. Apart Together Survey: preliminary overview of refugees and migrants self-reported impact of Covid-19. *Website


New York Times. Turned Back by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans.

The Hill. Biden to Start Process of Raising Refugee Cap to 125,000.

New York Times. Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean.

Bloomberg CityLab. The Fight for the Future of the Borderlands.

The Guardian. Air Pollution Will Lead to Mass Migration, Say Experts After Landmark Ruling.


***Visit the CoM website for additional resources***

Renew Your CoM Membership! 

The membership renewal form for the September 2020-August 2021 term is available here. Please submit it with dues of $40 for this year to keep your organization in good standing!

Submit Your Member Profile!
Tell us how the CoM can best leverage your skills, passion, and expertise by submitting a Member Profile Form. Just one form is needed per organization, so if your NGO has not already submitted a form, please complete and send one to: as soon as possible.

Have notes or summaries from any migration-related events?
Send them to the Executive Committee or upload them directly to the "Events" folder of the CoM Work Hub!

Have a story of migration or work with migrants in the field?
Send them to the Executive Committee for consideration as an addition to the collection on our "Member and Migrant Voices" web page!


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