Weekly Update, 26 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.

Invitation to Attend CSW Parallel Event:
"COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses"

Mark your calendars. The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) invites you to attend the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) parallel event, "COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses."

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic migrant women face soaring risks of exposure to multiple forms of gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation, both personal and institutional. In some locations, as a result of the pressures imposed by lockdowns, domestic violence has escalated as much as 20-40%, and migrant women and girls have been especially at risk. Trafficking for sexual exploitation has seen a terrifying leap, and migrants are subject to glaring inequalities in general health care and rates of vaccination, as compared to the general public.

Confronting the rising threat of violence against women and girls, this workshop will examine the gaps in protection mechanisms and the ways in which nation states, relevant UN agencies, and NGOs can cooperate to find policy solutions that will bring about rights-based and gender-responsive solutions for women in migration, through implementation of the provisions detailed in the Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees and the mechanisms created for that purpose.

The event is taking place as a part of the NGO CSW Forum and is co-sponsored by the NGO CoM. It will be held from 10:30am-12:00pm (EST) on 17 March. Please read instructions below to register.

For more details regarding the NGO CSW Forum, please visit their webpage. This platform will be hosting nearly 700 parallel events this year (see the schedule here). 
  • If you want to attend any events, you MUST first register for the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum.
  • Attending the Forum is totally free and open to the public.
  • After you register, you'll receive an email with a link.
  • Click on the link to create your profile on the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum
  • After you log into your profile, you'll have full access to all Virtual Forum events.

You can register for the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum here

CMS Launches New Climate-Induced Migration Webpage

The Center for Migration Studies' new Climate-Induced Migration webpage explores the connection between climate change and migration, provides analysis of international efforts to address climate-induced migration, and shares policy ideas that address the challenges of communities most affected by environmental degradation. The webpage includes: 
  • A new mapping study, outlining the relationship between climate change and human movement, relevant UN, governmental, and NGO processes, and normative frameworks for protecting displaced persons impacted by climate change.
  • Academic articles from the International Migration Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security.
  • Two CMSOnAir podcasts addressing climate change and protection for displaced persons.
To Visit the webpage, click here.

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!


Multi-Stakeholder Initiative: It Takes a Community

The GFMD Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration developed a collaborative campaign that aims to shift the narrative on migration by sharing stories about the positive impact migration can have on communities worldwide.

It Takes A Community is about celebrating how all people, regardless of where they are born, contribute to making our communities feel like home. By highlighting how migrants and their fellow community members are working together to make the places where they live and work more productive, innovative, caring, safe and welcoming, we can challenge misinformation about migration and build more inclusive communities. Help us show how migration enriches communities by sharing stories of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates from around the world who are making your community a better place.

The campaign’s soft launch took place on 18 December 2020, and now it's our turn to participate in the campaign’s implementation throughout 2021. 

Find out how you can be a part of the #ItTakesACommunity campaign by clicking 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.


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
  • 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.

1 March: Women in Migration Network and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Launch of new report, No Borders to Equality. 10:00am (EST). *Concept note *Details & Register

1 March: Center for Migration Studies. Mapping Key Determinants of Immigrants' Health in Brooklyn and Queens. Report launch and webinar. 2:00pm (EST). *Details & Register

2 March: Civil Society Action Committee. "GCM Objective 23: Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly, and regular migration." 7:00am-9:00am (EST). *Details

3 March: Church World Service. "Thinking Beyond Resettlement: Are Complimentary Pathways for Refugees the Answer?" Webinar. 12:00pm (EST). *Details & Register

14-26 March: NGO CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) Forum. *Details *Register

17 March: NGO CoM, P.E.A.C.E., VIVAT International. "COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses." Part of the NGO CSW65 Forum. 10:30am-12:00pm (EST). *Concept Note *Register through the NGO CSW65 platform.

17 March: NGO CoM, FAWCO, Early Childhood Peace Consortium, World Organization for Early Childhood Education. "Achieving Women's Empowerment, Early Childhood Development and Care: A Two-Generational Win-Win." Part of the NGO CSW65 Forum. 1:30pm-3:30pm (EST). *Flyer *Register

Event Recordings

The New School, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. "Discussing the New Immigration Agenda." Watch here.


Center for Migration Studies. Mapping Key Determinants of Immigrants' Health in Brooklyn and Queens. *Website *PDF

United Nations Network on Migration. Report of Global Online Peer Learning Exchange: How to sustain and expand the use of alternatives to immigration detention in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic? *PDF *Annex

Oxfam International. A Different Perspective: A compendium of perceptions of migration in Spain and recommendations for a narrative change. *PDF

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020. *Website *PDF

Center for Migration Studies. What We Know About Climate Change and Migration. *Website *PDF

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)



PBS News Hour. U.S Reopens Texas Tent Facility to Hold Immigrant Teenagers.

Wall Street Journal. Migrants and the Threat to Women's Rights in Europe.

New York Times. Biden Takes on Trump's Migrant Policies and Confusion Reigns at the Border.

Migration Policy Institute. What Comes Next Now that Columbia has Taken Historic Step on Migration?

NPR. The Harrowing Journeys to Safety of Asylum-Seekers During a Pandemic.

American Journal of Public Health. Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Centers Requires the Release of Detainees.
***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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