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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 · Family Reunification

October 27, 2023

Global Refuge calls for additional protections and support for unaccompanied migrant children

Nearly 120,000 unaccompanied migrant children entered the U.S. government's shelter system in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Global Refuge stresses the need for more robust protections, additional resources for post-release services, and access to legal representation

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News · Family Reunification

June 14, 2023

Global Refuge Testifies at Senate Hearing on Safety of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Lorie Davidson delivered expert testimony emphasizing the need for improved protections, additional resources, and legal representation to ensure the best interests of this particularly vulnerable population.

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News · Family Reunification

July 12, 2021

What are Sanctuary Cities and Why do they Exist?

To combat closed borders, detention, and deportation, communities across the country are proclaiming sanctuary city status.

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News · Family Reunification

March 24, 2021

FAQ: What Is Happening with Immigrant Children at the Southern Border?

Since April 2020, we have seen steady increases of families and children arriving at our southern border seeking protection from violence and environmental disasters that have ravaged Central America and beyond.

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Press Release · Family Reunification

March 12, 2021

Biden Administration Terminates Trump Memo Impacting Reunification of Unaccompanied Migrant Children with their U.S.-based Sponsors

Today, the U.S. HHS and DHS announced the termination of a 2018 Memorandum of Agreement that undermined the best interests of unaccompanied migrant children

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Press Release · Family Reunification

February 2, 2021

Family Reunification Taskforce Provides Hope for Migrant Families Separated by Trump

President Biden announced the highly anticipated task force that will seek to reunite migrant families separated at the border during the Trump administration as a result of its “Zero Tolerance” policy.

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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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Press Release · Family Reunification

September 22, 2020

Leading Migrant Child Welfare Group Calls for Release of Children and Families from ICE Detention

Global Refuge called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to end its pursuit of the separation of families in detention facilities across the country.

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Press Release · Family Reunification

August 26, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security’s Family Separation Policy: Perspectives from the Border

Written Statement of Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Global Refuge (Global Refuge) For a Hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee.

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