Members of Congress Weigh in for Compassion in India

Last month more than a hundred Members of Congress sent a letter to the Indian government urging it to allow Compassion International to continue its work serving children in need in that country. Led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the congressmen reaffirmed their support for U.S.-India partnerships and the two nations’ natural connection as “the largest and oldest democracies in the world.” However, they said, “It is with this in mind that we write to express our deep concern over the lack of transparency and consistency in your government’s enforcement of the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act.”

Earlier in the month, Compassion had to end its child sponsorship programs because the Indian government was blocking its ability to transfer funds. “Many of our constituents, who have built emotional attachments through years of building relationships with these kids, are devastated by this wrenching cutoff,” the representatives said. They asked that India provide an immediate avenue to allow the ministry, which has served more than 280,000 Indian children over the course of nearly 50 years, to be able to continue its work, and then for a longer term solution to their disagreement to be found.

  • Find the full congressional letter here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 7, 2017


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