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World Refugee Day 2018 – Celebrating Our Champions

June 20 is World Refugee Day. In 2018, during the worst refugee crisis in human history, World Refugee Day takes on even greater importance in the United States. At LIRS, we are taking this opportunity to celebrate our champions – from refugee leaders and service partners to advocates and supporters like you. With over 65 million people forcibly driven from their homes by conflict around the world, our work has never been so important. Which is why we need you to continue to be a... Read More
at Monday, June 18, 2018
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Before "Zero-Tolerance" We Called It "Betraying Family Values"

Before "Zero-Tolerance" We Called It "Betraying Family Values" Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the State Department’s new “zero-tolerance” border enforcement policy, the issue of family separation has exploded in the headlines … but it’s not a new concept for LIRS. For more than a decade, LIRS has been monitoring and advocating for children and families seeking asylum at our southern border, and we wrote the book on the... Read More
at Friday, June 8, 2018
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Announcing Our 2018 Migrant & Refugee Leadership Academy

For more than 5 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has celebrated World Refugee Day with our annual Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy ("the Academy") in late June. Each year, the LIRS Academy equips former refugees and migrants with advocacy training, media training, and the tools to tell their own unique story. Historically, this event has concluded with networking activities in Washington D.C, during which Academy participants visit members of Congress to... Read More
at Friday, April 27, 2018
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Grassroots Advocacy Takes Root in Georgia

As part of our mission to stand with refugees and migrants, LIRS works to empower refugees and LIRS network partners to engage in advocacy on both local and national levels. Our network partner, Lutheran Services of Georgia, recently took part in a fantastic grassroots effort – sponsored in part by the LIRS Local Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy initiative! Last month, staff from Lutheran Services of Georgia and several refugees from the community participated in the... Read More
at Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Sending Hope Behind Bars

Sending Hope Behind Bars This spring, offer comfort to families in detention   In partnership with Amnesty International and RAICES, LIRS is collecting hand-written cards from activists like you to send to families detained at Berks County Residential Center. As one of the few family detention centers in this country, Berks holds men, women, and children in prison-like conditions while they await immigration trials.  With your help, we can send these families a message of... Read More
at Monday, April 9, 2018
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Join Us for this Week of Action

Join Us for this Week of Action Equipping You To Take Action & Create Change Between April 2 and April 6, LIRS is mobilizing our network of supporters to hold national leaders accountable for resettling at least 45,000 refugees in FY18 and secure a commitment from the administration to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the year to come. And we need your help!!   There are three key ways that you can take part in this Week of Action: Advocate in Person :... Read More
at Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

A Story of Faith, Hope and Love By Kim The story below was submitted to LIRS by a volunteer for Samaritas, an LIRS local network partner. In the past year, there has been a significant backlog at the  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases for  undocumented children. This backlog has increased the risk that unaccompanied children will age out of foster care and not get the support they... Read More
at Friday, March 23, 2018
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Take action to support Iranian refugees seeking to reunite with family in Texas

Take action Support Iranian refugees seeking to reunite with family in Texas Your support is needed to help a group of Iranian refugees and their families in Texas. The refugees were expected to be reunited with their families in San Antonio but are now stuck in Vienna and face imminent deportation back to Iran. The refugees are part of a persecuted religious minority in Iran who were in the process of being resettled in the United States through a policy called the Lautenberg... Read More
at Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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A Breakdown of Immigration Legislation: Equip Yourself and Take Action

A Breakdown of Immigration Legislation: Equip Yourself and Take Action Only two weeks remain until the March 5 deadline, when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) officially ends. Dreamers are already being deported, and every day we get closer to the March 5 th deadline, more immigrant youth who worship in our churches, attend our schools, and work alongside us, are at risk of deportation. Over the last few months, both the White House and Congress have... Read More
Posted by Rebecca Heller at Friday, February 16, 2018
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Bringing the Immigration Debate to Your Social Media Feed for a Week of Vital Advocacy

the Immigration Debate  Follow LIRS on Twitter for a Week of Vital Advocacy Yesterday evening, the Senate began debating a bare-bones immigration bill. We anticipate that the Senate will put a bill on the floor and hold an open amendment process. This means that we may see  amendments that will restrict immigration to historic lows, eliminate the diversity and family visas, take away protections for unaccompanied children, create obstacles for asylum seekers, and increase... Read More
at Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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