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April 5, 2024

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    April 2, 2024

    Harrowing experience for immigrant women means challenging path to American dream

    On a small island off the coast of Lower Manhattan, a statue stands as a testament to the promise of the American dream. It’s not the towering Statue of Liberty – Mother of Exiles – but rather the likeness of Annie Moore, an Irish teenager who etched her name into history as the first immigrant to step onto U.S. soil through Ellis Island in 1892.

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    April 5, 2024

    Harvesting Hope in Fargo

    The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program stands at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, championing a future where access to nutritious, locally grown produce is within everyone's reach.

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    March 22, 2024

    Congressional funding bill authorizes additional Special Immigrant Visas for eligible Afghans

    Budget legislation to add 12,000 Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans allies, extends application deadline

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  • 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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    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

    March 7, 2024

    Global Refuge Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

    Global Refuge, the nation's largest faith-based nonprofit dedicated exclusively to serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in the U.S., announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors

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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 · Refugee Resettlement

September 29, 2023

Biden Administration Keeps FY 2024 Refugee Cap at 125,000

The White House today announced that President Biden has officially signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Presidential Determination on refugee admissions, maintaining the annual cap at 125,000.

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

July 14, 2023

Congress Reintroduces Bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act

With the two-year mark of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan approaching, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today reintroduced the Afghan Adjustment Act in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

May 5, 2023

Global Refuge Commends DHS on announcement of Afghan “Re-parole” Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it will open a new re-parole process for Afghans evacuated to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) beginning in June 2023.

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Press Release · Refugee Resettlement

September 27, 2022

President Biden keeps FY23 refugee cap at 125,000

President Biden today officially signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023, maintaining an annual cap of 125,000 slots.

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 25, 2022

Global Refuge on PBS NewsHour: Afghan Refugees One Year Later

Global Refuge's President & CEO, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, joined PBS NewsHour to talk about our work resettling Afghan refugees

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 17, 2022

One Year Later: “It Has Two Parts”

On August 15, 2021, Afghanistan fell under Taliban control following the U.S. withdrawal, prompting a large-scale evacuation in which more than 76,000 Afghans were brought to the United States.

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 15, 2022

One Year Later: Afghans Revisit the Past and Look to the Future

On August 15, 2021, Afghanistan fell under Taliban control following the U.S. withdrawal, prompting a large-scale evacuation that brought more than 76,000 Afghans to the United States.

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