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Why the United States Should Increase Funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

As advocates for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, our vision of the world is built upon dismantling systems of power and oppression. We recognize that our work does not occur in a vacuum and must respond to injustices happening right now and, in particular, the humanitarian crisis at the United States’ southern border. This administration has cruelly separated thousands of migrant children and families, deported hundreds of parents without their children, abused migrant children in detention, and failed to reunite these families.  As organizations, and as humans, we cannot live out our values if we remain silent on these atrocities.

We condemn the separation of families and the detention of children and families. We condemn the inhumane conditions of these border camps. We condemn the Trump-Pence administration’s callous, cruel policies and rhetoric. We condemn those in power who would rather stay silent or debate semantics while migrant families continue to die.

We refuse to stand by while people are rounded up, families are torn apart, and the United States government continues to withhold basic human necessities from young parents and vulnerable children and infants. We will not be complicit in these violations of human rights, nor will we continue lowering the bar for what passes for morality under this presidency. And we cannot allow Congress to continue funding the Trump-Pence administration’s campaign of terror without dismantling these policies.

These horrors must stop. And we call upon Congress to end them today.


Advocates for Youth
African American Ministers In Action
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS United
American Sexual Health Association
Athlete Ally
Center for Disability Rights, Inc.
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Chicago Abortion Fund
Council for Global Equality
Equity Forward
Gateway Women’s Access Fund
Global Justice Center
Guttmacher Institute
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
HIVenas Abiertas
Housing Works
Howard Brown Health
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Jewish Women International
Lilith Fund
Medical Students for Choice
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH)
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
National Health Law Program
National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National LGBT Cancer Network
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women’s Health Network
National Women’s Law Center
Peer Health Exchange
People For the American Way
Physicians for Reproductive Health
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Population Institute
Positive Women’s Network-USA
Ruth M Rothstein CORE Center/Cook County Health
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Stop the Shaming
The Women’s Foundation of California
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Voices for Progress
WCLA – Choice Matters
Yellowhammer Fund




The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has served as the national voice for sex education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 50 years. SIECUS asserts that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice inclusive of sexual and reproductive rights.

This press release was cross-posted from the SIECUS website.

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