DEADLINE EXTENDED: Stand Up for LGBTQ Rights in Azerbaijan

Please join us in urging Sec. Tillerson and the Administration to condemn the recent crackdown of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Azerbaijan. Several reports have estimated over 80 people were arrested and fined, while at
least 45 were detained, beaten and tortured. While the Azeri government has claimed arrests made over the past two weeks were not strictly targeting the LGBTQ community, local activists and rights groups say the raids only led to the arrests of gay and trans
people. According to activists, the government focused on “main streets, metro stations and LGBT-friendly places like clubs, pubs, and bars” as its main targets.

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Support Reauthorization of the Generalized System of Preferences Program

Please join me in signing onto a letter to Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal of the Ways and Means Committee. On December 31, 2017, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program is set to expire and must be reauthorized. GSP eliminates
US import tariffs on non-sensitive products imported from more than 120 developing countries . These tariffs would ultimately be paid by American manufacturers, farmers, and consumers if GSP  expires.

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Support Pregnant Women in Immigration Detention

We, the co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration, invite you to join us in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raising concerns with alarming reports of miscarriages in immigration detention, reportedly due to mistreatment
and medical neglect.

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DEADLINE TODAY: URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BOLSTER U.S. RESPONSE TO REFUGEE CRISIS

Please join us in sending a letter to President Trump expressing disappointment in his decision to set the presidential determination for refugee admissions at 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018. The letter urges the President to reconsider his determination and
establish a minimum refugee admission level of 110,000 for Fiscal Year 2018. Additionally, the letter expresses concern about the proposed changes to the resettlement process to require refugees to meet an assimilation standard.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Protect Victims of Crime Act

I write to invite you to become an original co-sponsor of the Protect Victims of Crime Act, legislation to raise the U visa cap from 10,000 to 40,000 annually. My bill would aid survivors of domestic abuse and other serious crimes, protect our communities,
and help law enforcement prosecute dangerous criminals.

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End For-Profit Prisons

With more than 2.2 million people incarcerated today, the United States locks up more of its population than any other country, except the tiny island nation of Seychelles. Mass incarceration destroys lives, families and communities, and disproportionately
impacts African-American and Hispanic communities. Mass incarceration has been fueled by draconian criminal justice and immigration policies, ICE mandated bed quotas and by a mistaken view that for-profit corporations can provide a cheap solution to a growing
inmate population. As a key component of our criminal justice, operations of prisons and immigrant detention centers, should be carried out by those responsible to the American people with an eye towards keeping us safe, not those responsible only to shareholders
with an eye towards increasing profit margins.

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End For-Profit Prisons

With more than 2.2 million people incarcerated today, the United States locks up more of its population than any other country, except the tiny island nation of Seychelles. Mass incarceration destroys lives, families and communities, and disproportionately
impacts African-American and Hispanic communities. Mass incarceration has been fueled by draconian criminal justice and immigration policies, ICE mandated bed quotas and by a mistaken view that for-profit corporations can provide a cheap solution to a growing
inmate population. As a key component of our criminal justice, operations of prisons and immigrant detention centers, should be carried out by those responsible to the American people with an eye towards keeping us safe, not those responsible only to shareholders
with an eye towards increasing profit margins.

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