SETF Update July 2017
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The SETF runs on the passion and purpose of its amazing staff, board, and friends. But we cannot do the work we do without your financial support. Help us be a part of the solution for the horrible crisis in Syria. Invite your friends to join our newsletters, build awareness about the conflict, write us Letters of Hope that we deliver to Syrian civilians. Follow us on Twitter at @syrianetf and like us on Facebook at "Syrian Emergency Task Force" and please support us with any donation you can that goes directly to our humanitarian efforts. Be a part of our Task Force.
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The Wisdom House, the school for orphans in Idlib, Syria we support and connect with American communities, just celebrated its first class of Kindergarten graduates.

Supporting those Most Oppressed in war-torn Syria.

Our team at the Syrian Emergency Task Force is small but mighty. We will not cease our work until the suffering of the Syrian people is alleviated. 

While there are many projects and roles taken on by SETF, our work can be categorized in four areas:
1 - Political Advocacy
2 - Civilian implementation on the ground
3 - Legal work involving war crime documentation
4 - Humanitarian aid
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Political Advocacy
We continue to work to pass the Caesar bill and other Syria-related sanctions bills like H.R.3203 "to provide congressional review and to counter Iranian and Russian governments' aggression." Link to billWe are also proud to see the formation of the Syria caucus and we are grateful for the leadership of Representative Kinzinger and Representative Boyle as co-chairmen. Encourage your members to join the caucus by contacting Zach Silberman, 202-225-3635, [email protected] in the office of Congressman Kinzinger or Carly Frame, 202-225-6111, [email protected] in the office of Congressman Boyle.
 
Legal Work
SETF continues to work very hard alongside Ambassador Rapp, Caesar, and Sami, as well as law firms and governments, in order to support ongoing cases and to initiate new ones helping the people of Syria find justice for the crimes perpetrated by the Assad Regime.
This CNN article, "The torture survivors suing the Syrian Regime" addresses the prosecution that has been opened in Germany. Read full article here.
Caesar Exhibit in Malaysia
The Syrian Emergency Task Force organized an event in Malaysia, "Torture in Syria & The Caesar Files," an awareness initiative on the plight of the Syrian people inflicted through the ongoing civil war.  The session moderated by Juliet Jacobs of BFM89.9 and the panel discussion included Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of SETF, Mazen Al Hummada, Assad torture survivor, and YB Nurul Uzzah Anwar.  Read articles covering the event here.
 
Humanitarian
We are proud to celebrate The Wisdom House school for orphans' first year and the graduating class of 135 Kindergarteners in Idlib Province, Syria. Since summer of 2016, SETF has been connecting American communities to the underground school where support has provided salaries for 5 teachers and 4 staff members, a generator, a bus, computers and projectors, school supplies, backpacks, ceiling fans, uniforms, heaters, and much more. Our field team and the local council send us frequent updates and media from the ground. To learn more, sign up for the newsletter on the Wisdom House website and follow our social media pages. We will soon expand The Wisdom House Project by supporting a Women's Center that is in the same village as the school in Idlib. The establishment will provide vocational training such as sewing, cosmetology, etc to women widowed by war. The exact location of the village we support is kept private for safety reasons, but it is interesting to learn that 10,000 of the 18,000 people who make up its population are internally displaced Syrians.We are also providing schools and universities with resources so they may incorporate Syria into their curriculum. For more information about our outreach and education work, e-mail our director of outreach at [email protected]
 

Letters of Hope for Syria

Letters of Hope has been an amazing campaign. We have received well over 1,000 letters from all over the United States and even from other parts of the world. These letters bring hope and comfort to civilians living in the midst of a war zone. We could not have predicted the heart-warming reactions of men, women, and children in Syria sincerely uplifted and grateful that Americans cared about their plight. Anyone can be a part of this campaign. It's free, it brightens someone's day, and it makes a difference. So don't be a bystander. Make a pledge that you will write at least one letter. It can be a prayer, a thought, a drawing, or a kind message and we will make sure it reaches someone who needs it. 
Schools, houses of worship, book clubs, groups of friends, anyone can have a letter-writing event with some school supplies and imagination. Send your letters to us at:
Letters of Hope for Syria
P.O. Box 230972
Little Rock, AR 72205
 
SETF in the Media
SETF is featured in the documentary, "Red Lines," released in 2014.  We are also involved in the legal work highlighted in the 2017 film, "Syria's Disappeared." Consider screening one of these films in your community to build awareness. Learn more about these films and take action here.
SETF contributed to the National Post article by Michael Petrou named, "The Greatest Exodus of Our Time," a thorough and personal insight on the reality in Syria. Read article here.
 
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