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SAMS has become a leader in advocacy and engagement with policymakers on the both the national and international stage. SAMS effectively advocates to increase awareness about the situation in Syria and seek help to resolve the current humanitarian crisis. Our advocacy ensures that instances of attacks on healthcare facilities, challenges of communities under siege, and the heroic work of Syrian medical workers reach policy makers, think tanks, the media, and the public. SAMS strives to echo and raise the voice of our colleagues on the ground who continue to risk their safety to save lives and alleviate suffering.

We advocate for:
  • Protection of hospitals, healthworkers, civilians, and civilian infrastructure
  • Ending the siege of over 1 million people in Syria and the provision of humanitarian access to trapped civilians
  • Increasing involvement of Syrian NGOs in decision-making and leadership capacities in the Whole of Syria response
  • Support for Syrian refugees and host communities both in the United States and abroad
How we advocate:
Take a look at some of our previous advocacy work:

On September 23, 2016, SAMS’s President, Dr. Ahmad Tarakji testified before members of Congress during a hearing held by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the current humanitarian crisis in Syria. Dr. Tarakji called for the protection of our humanitarian values when dealing with the crisis in Syria, and not subjecting those values to political negotiations. Watch Dr. Tarakji’s remarks below. 

 
 
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