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With the stroke of a pen last Friday, President Trump signed an ill-conceived Executive Order that attacks the very foundations of who we are as a nation.

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EPIC’s Statement on Executive Order “Protecting the Nation…”

WASHINGTON, DC – On January 27, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, dramatically reduces the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States in 2017, and severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq…

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Our Recent Publications

Now that Donald Trump is President of the United States, we owe it to the people of Iraq to educate his administration and Congress on the needs of 1.5 million children in the country displaced by violence and to advocate for a greater response from the American people. At EPIC, we are continuing our mission to closely monitor and report on the ongoing crisis, meet with public officials to better inform new policy, and provide as much on-the-ground support as possible to Iraqi families and children fleeing the fighting in and around Mosul. Here are a few of our recent

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Inauguration Day

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office at noon today, over 1.5 million children in Iraq remain displaced from their homes by violence, 70% of families across the country rank food insecurity as their number one concern, and over one million innocent civilians are trapped by their ISIS captors in western Mosul. At EPIC, we are ready to educate his administration and Congress about the importance of continued U.S. leadership in assisting with security and providing comfort amid the ongoing crisis – but we need your help. We recently published a list of the top four things Trump needs

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The Future for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units

Today, the status of Iraqi armed groups remains ambiguous despite Baghdad’s attempts to integrate them into the military command structure — a situation that highlights the complex, multifaceted, and poorly-understood roles they will play in Iraq’s political, social, and military development after ISIS. 

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Welcome Our Spring 2017 Interns!

Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Spring 2017 interns: Genevieve, Sharon, and Adam! Genevieve Boutilier is a senior undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she majors in Global Studies, focusing on the Middle East. She recently returned from a semester abroad

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Looking Ahead to 2017

Now is a time of ongoing crisis and concern for families in Mosul and throughout Iraq. Millions of innocent civilians have been forced to flee violence and persecution at the hands of ISIS. At a time when displacement is at an all-time high, consistent U.S. leadership in responding to humanitarian needs has never been more important. With your help, we are ready to educate the next administration and Congress about the importance of continued U.S. leadership in assisting with security and providing comfort. In 2017, we will: • Join together with colleagues here in Washington, DC to demand more attention

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Looking Back on 2016

For 18 years, EPIC has brought together veterans, Iraqi Americans, and other caring individuals to help children and families who are suffering in Iraq and to create a safer world through peace and development. You are a vital part of that mission and the EPIC community. Right now you can double your impact – make a year-end gift and it will be MATCHED up to $80,000 to send 2x the help to children and families in need across Iraq. Here are highlights of what your support made possible in 2016. This year, EPIC: • Delivered emergency food aid to 20,000

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