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News · Immigration and Asylum

August 23, 2023

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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

  • 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

    February 15, 2024

    HHS: Refugees & Asylees Generate $123.8 Billion Net Fiscal Benefit

    "This study demonstrates that refugee resettlement is firmly within our national interest, both in terms of maintaining our global humanitarian leadership and bolstering federal, state, and local resources."

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  • Press Release

    February 15, 2024

    White House Designates Deferred Enforced Departure for Palestinians

    "The DED designation offers much-needed support and protection to Palestinians living in our country at a time when their homeland is going through so much tumult. The ongoing conflict makes returning unsafe for the foreseeable future, so this decision demonstrates the Biden administration’s commitment to our nation being a global humanitarian leader during times of crisis.”

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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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Press Release · Empowering Refugees

November 20, 2023

Overcoming Poverty and Raising Wages: “New American Cities” Workforce Development Program

Global Refuge and Yoga Alliance will establish a pilot program that will incorporate yoga to help refugees and immigrants heal from the emotional trauma they experienced on their journeys to the United States.

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Press Release · Empowering Refugees

November 9, 2023

Global Refuge Partners with Yoga Alliance to Develop Innovative Mental Health Programming

Global Refuge and Yoga Alliance will establish a pilot program that will incorporate yoga to help refugees and immigrants heal from the emotional trauma they experienced on their journeys to the United States.

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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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News · Empowering Refugees

September 9, 2022

Creating a Wider Circle of Opportunity

For new Americans, landing a good job is one of the most important steps in the immigration journey.

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Press Release · Empowering Refugees

April 19, 2022

Walmart Awards Global Refuge Grant for New American Cities Program

Global Refuge, a leading national refugee resettlement nonprofit, announced that Walmart has awarded the organization a $1,000,000 grant to implement New American Cities

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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 Airbnb.org 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

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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