Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
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**This is a Programmatic Request that will require online submission**

Deadline: March 13th at COB

Co-Signers: Adams, Brown, Cicilline, Davis, DeSaulnier, Espaillat, Heck, Jackson Lee, Lawrence, McGovern, Norton, Payne, Jr., Pingree, Schakowsky, and Schiff

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in requesting robust funding for psychosocial support programs under the Department of State (DOS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the FY19 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations
Act. These programs provide vital assistance to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world, including religious and ethnic minorities victimized by genocide, victims of mass atrocities, and survivors of sexual violence.

Large-scale, deliberate violence against civilian populations remains prevalent worldwide. In just one example, the Rohingya community of Burma was targeted with ethnic cleansing in the past year. Fleeing from extrajudicial killings, widespread sexual violence,
looting, and the destruction of property, the Rohingya are victims of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

We are also particularly mindful of the victims of the Islamic State, which kidnapped and indoctrinated young boys as child soldiers, murdered thousands of innocent civilians, and enslaved thousands of girls and women. For those who have escaped or been
rescued, the road to recovery in war-torn Syria and Iraq is daunting.

The United States, through the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided lifesaving humanitarian aid for these groups and others, but the need continues to grow on a daily basis. We therefore ask
that you join us in asking the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs to include this important funding in its FY2019 appropriations measure.

Please contact Evan Polisar in the office of Congressman Hastings at or Peter Mihalick in the office of Congresswoman Comstock at to sign onto this letter.


Alcee L. Hastings                   Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress               Member of Congress