Many of us are waking up to a world we no longer recognize, whether because of a rise in racist and xenophobic attacks, a loss of humanity for those on the move, or a sense of increasing inequality between the rich and the poor — in and outside our borders. Too often, we focus on what divides us, rather than what unites us, with children, young people and families bearing the brunt.

In 2018, world leaders will come to the UN to agree on a more just way of managing the global refugee crisis and ensuring dignity and inclusion for migrants. The Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees have the potential to transform the lives of millions of children, providing for protection before and after migration, education, and family reunification.

In light of the latest developments in the United States - the senseless separation of children from their parents - now, more than ever, we need to stand up for what we believe in. The government has put in place harsh policies for people seeking refuge in a new country, without considering or addressing why they flee in the first place.

At Global Citizen, we believe in equality, for all people, particularly all children, everywhere. Whether you’re born in New York or Aleppo, London or Lagos, we all ultimately share the same basic needs, hopes, and dreams. To be safe, happy, healthy and equal, regardless of race, gender, or wealth. This is our dream for humanity, for every child, and we must stand up for it.

Inequality within our borders must be tackled — but the solution is not to demonise or penalise people and families who are fleeing unimaginable horrors, or those who migrate and bring great value to our society. Migrant or refugee — we are all human beings, and deserve dignity and respect wherever we are. The US has a long history of helping other nations provide for the health, education and welfare of their people through foreign aid. Ongoing US leadership is essential to stop the causes that make people flee.

If you agree, raise your voice. Call on Congress to ensure separated families are reunited and tell governments worldwide to address the root causes--from poverty to conflict--of why people flee.