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LIRS is now Global Refuge.

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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

  • 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 · 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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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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Press Release · Foster Care

April 13, 2021

No Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Resettled in FY2021

The United States has not resettled any Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Fiscal Year 2021, according to the refugee resettlement organization Global Refuge

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Press Release · Foster Care

March 10, 2021

Biden Administration to Restart Central American Minors Program

The State Department announced the reopening of the Central American Minors, or CAM, program for children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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News · Family Reunification

August 1, 2019

Global Refuge CEO Testifies to Congress On Behalf of Migrant Children

Amid widespread reports of negligence, abuse and deaths of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah addressed the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee.

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