May 4, 2015

Call Congress Now to Voice Your Support
for Homeschoolers Around the World!

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations


Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom. Read more >>

Congress is considering a crucial bill that would protect international homeschool families from their own abusive governments. Representative Jason Chaffetz’s H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform Act of 2015, passed the House Judiciary Committee last month on a 21–12 vote.

Should it become law, H.R. 1153 will allow persecuted homeschool families overseas to seek asylum in the United States. This will put pressure on misbehaving governments to give up their discriminatory tactics, and it will give these foreign families a refuge from persecution.

You can read HSLDA’s bill page on H.R. 1153 online.

Ongoing Persecution

More families around the world are choosing to homeschool their children. But homeschool rights are still under attack.

On April 28, the Wunderlichs, a German homeschool family with four children, were fined 900 euros (about $1,000) for not sending their children to school. In addition, the parents were told by the court that if they did not stop homeschooling and send their children to school, they would both be sent to prison—for up to four years each.

You can read HSLDA’s page on the Wunderlich’ story online.

Laws like the Asylum Reform Act are so important because the Wunderlichs are not the only ones facing government persecution. Dozens of families just like them are being threatened with crippling fines, the loss of their children, and even prison, simply because they have chosen to homeschool.

Action Requested

Please call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to support the homeschool asylum language in H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform Act. Encourage your representative to call for a floor vote on H.R. 1153 before the full U.S. House of Representatives.

You can reach your representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for your representative by name. Or you can use HSLDA’s legislative toolbox to find your U.S. representative and his or her contact information.

You can also send a custom message to your representative.

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Protect Your Family

We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>