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Mythbusting in Texas

On a sunny day near Dallas TX, about 60 people gathered in a church hall to talk about immigration from theological, economic, legal, and personal perspectives as part of a workshop called Who is My Neighbor? LIRS Director for Access to Justice Leslie Vélez, Esq., led the group in a discussion to debunk common myths associated with people in the US without authorization.

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Susan’s Reflections On Her Flight Back

Susan is on her way back from her visit to Panama and Ecuador where she was looking at the conditions Colombian refugees are facing on a daily basis. Susan took advantage of a layover in Houston to send us these short text message reflections.

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Updates from Ecuador

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with Colombian refugees that live in Quito. Today we visited Colombian refugees and Ecuadorian citizens in the country of San Lorenzo.

From Hospitality to Welcome

LIRS board member Elaine Richter Bryant shared her thoughts on what it takes to move beyond hospitality and truly welcome another person. How have you been welcomed by another? What are your thoughts on how welcome and hospitality differ?

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Room at the Table

LIRS Board member Dr. Judith A. Diers shared with us how welcoming strangers has been a part of her family’s life. How have you “made room for one more” in your life?

Conditions in Jaqué

Susan sent us this text message and picture from Jaqué, Panama. “¿Cómo es la situación para Los colombianos en Jaqué? Como respondió una señora, Por un Lado bien Poe otro Lado malo.”

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A Sense of Hope

The Rev. F. Eric Wester shared with us his story of welcoming refugees fleeing war in Kosovo.

First Day of Meetings in Panama

The UNHCR office puts greater emphasis on the legal reforms needed to create access to protection and integration. I want to talk to the Colombians to hear their thoughts on the subject. It seems very difficult for someone with few resources. Where do they find hope?

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Reconocer (Recognize)

Susan is traveling to take a first-hand look at how Colombian refugees are living in Ecuador and Panama. As she was crossing over several boarders on her way to the border areas she sent us these thoughts.

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