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LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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April 5, 2024

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  • News · Foster Care

    December 20, 2023

    Looking Back on 2023

    Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service is sharing 10 of our favorite photos from this extraordinary year with commentary from our staff, partners, clients, and friends in the work of welcome.

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  • News · Immigration and Asylum

    November 10, 2023

    Unsung Heroes: Immigrants in the U.S. Military

    An estimated 700,000 foreign-born veterans call this country home, while approximately 45,000 immigrants are currently defending our freedoms as members of the armed forces.

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  • Advocacy · Immigration and Asylum

    December 21, 2023

    Jesus Was a Refugee

    In this season of waiting and hoping, displacement is at the heart of the Advent story. At the time Mary was to give birth to Jesus, they were required by Caesar Augustus to return to their hometown for a census, for fear of persecution – traveling during a time of anticipation and uncertainty ahead of childbirth. They needed shelter for a safe birth of Jesus, but "there was no room for them in the inn."

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  • Advocacy · Empowering Refugees

    October 27, 2023

    Global Refuge Delivers Powerful Testimony at Congressional Hearing

    Global Refuge President Krish O'Mara Vignarajah spoke at a Congressional Hearing on refugee resettlement and immigration pathways.

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Press Release

  • Press Release

    April 9, 2024

    U.S. Refugee Admissions Program finds new life in FY 2024

    The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is on track to resettle the most refugees in three decades, and potentially meet the Biden administration’s goal of resettling 125,000 refugees this year.

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  • Press Release

    April 8, 2024

    A Global Refuge in Guatemala: new program serves repatriated youth

    Global Refuge's “Camino a Casa” program provides educational, vocational, and mental health support to youth returned to Guatemala.

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Press Release · Community Engagement

January 17, 2024

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service rebrands as Global Refuge

Global Refuge, formerly known as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, has welcomed refugees since 1939 and seeks to build a bigger table of supporters amid unprecedented humanitarian crises.

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News · Community Engagement

December 8, 2022

The Circle of Welcome: A Cup of Tea

My first visit with the Afghan family my church is co-sponsoring was at their brother’s house, where they were staying for a few weeks while they waited for their new apartment to be ready.

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News · Community Engagement

July 15, 2022

Rev. Eric C. Shafer Joins Global Refuge as Pastor in Residence

Global Refuge is thrilled to welcome The Rev. Eric C. Shafer as our new Pastor in Residence, effective August 1, 2022. 

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News · Community Engagement

December 10, 2021

Global Refuge OpEd: How Businesses Can Help Afghan Refugees | Baltimore Sun

Global Refuge has been working around the clock to welcome our new Afghan neighbors, including by offering temporary housing through while they await permanent housing.

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Press Release · Community Engagement

November 22, 2021

Global Refuge & TENT Launch Guide to Help Employers Hire Afghan Refugees

Two organizations today are releasing a new guide to enable employers to hire the tens of thousands of Afghans who arrived in the United States over the summer.

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News · Community Engagement

March 7, 2021

Join Us for the Lutheran Wave of Prayer for Climate Justice

We hope you will join us on March 11, 2021, alongside peoples and communities of all faith backgrounds, to raise awareness about climate justice.

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News · Community Engagement

February 22, 2021

What is the USA Refugee Resettlement Process?

Many refugees will spend years uprooted, unable to return home, hoping and praying for a chance to be considered for the refugee resettlement process.

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Press Release · Community Engagement

December 16, 2020

Global Refuge Holiday Campaign Supports Migrant Families and ICE Detainees

In an effort to bring hope to thousands of migrants in the United States, Global Refuge is running its sixth-annual Hope for the Holidays campaign.

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News · Community Engagement

November 9, 2020

Global Refuge Culture Kitchen

Global Refuge is thrilled to introduce our new virtual cooking series, Global Refuge Culture Kitchen!

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