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270 Bipartisan Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Admit at Least 75,000 Refugees Next Year

Press Statement: 270 Bipartisan Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Admit at Least 75,000 Refugees Next Year For Immediate Release August 9, 2018     Press Contacts: Amnesty International USA: Mariya Parodi, Press Officer, mparodi@aiusa.org , (O) 212-633-4211 HIAS: Bill Swersey, Sr. Director, Communications, bill.swersey@hias.org IRAP: Henrike Dessaules, Communications Director, hdessaules@refugeerights.org , (O) 646-459-3081 LIRS: Danielle... Read More
at Thursday, August 9, 2018

LIRS Receives Generous Gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to Support Family Reunification Efforts

LIRS Receives Generous Gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to Support Family Reunification Efforts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2018 Press Contact: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce it is a recipient of a generous $35,000 donation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to support LIRS’s continued work with... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

LIRS Warns Against 40% Reduction to Current Refugee Ceiling

PRESS STATEMENT – LIRS Warns Against 40% Reduction to Current Refugee Ceiling For Immediate Release: August 1, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 As the Administration prepares to announce a new ceiling for refugee arrivals in Fiscal Year 2019, reports emerged today that the White House is considering yet another round of devastating cuts to the number of refugees provided safety through the U.S. refugee resettlement program. ... Read More
at Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LIRS Provides Support to Hundreds of Newly Reunited Families

PRESS RELEASE – LIRS Provides Support to Hundreds of Newly Reunited Families For Immediate Release: July 23, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 Washington, D.C. – Over the last several months, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) network has been at the heart of the family separation crisis; and now, as the government scrambles to comply with the court-ordered family reunification, we remain on the... Read More
at Monday, July 23, 2018

LIRS Network Provides Support for Reunified Families

PRESS RELEASE – LIRS Network Provides Support for Reunified Families For Immediate Release: July 11, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the last few months, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been at the heart of the family separation crisis; and now, as the government works to comply with the court ordered reunification of children with their parents within 30 days, we remain on... Read More
at Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Executive Order Keeps Families Together, But Jails Children and Families Indefinitely

STATEMENT – Executive Order Keeps Families Together, But Jails Children and Families Indefinitely For Immediate Release: June 20, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an Executive Order announced today, President Trump signaled a halt to the practice of family separation, opting to implement indefinite family detention of children and families crossing the border between points of entry. Having vocally... Read More
at Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Urges Congress to Protect Children & Families

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Urges Congress to Protect Children & Families For Immediate Release: June 18, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congress is slated to vote on two immigration bills that would have devastating impacts on the welfare of children by prolonging their detention and reducing their ability to seek safety in the United States. Lutheran... Read More
at Monday, June 18, 2018

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Responds to Jeff Sessions Announcement on Immigration Enforcement Actions

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Responds to Jeff Sessions Announcement on Immigration Enforcement Actions For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement of using family separation as a deterrence strategy for illegal border... Read More
at Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Announces Interim CEO

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is excited to announce the appointment of Pat Nichols as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Thursday, April 5, 2018. Nichols brings a deep understanding of nonprofit leadership through his position as President of Transition Leadership International, LLC. For more than 20 years, he has served as an Interim CEO to nonprofits facing strategic transitions. He has led transitions for organizations engaged in youth issues,... Read More
at Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Extending TPS for Syrians Without Re-Designation is a Missed Opportunity for the Administration to Show Humanitarian Leadership

STATEMENT – Extending TPS for Syrians Without Re-Designation is a Missed Opportunity for the Administration to Show Humanitarian Leadership        For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT: Perry Sacks psacks@mrss.com ; 917-438-4619 Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org ; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, D.C . – Linda Hartke, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the largest refugee resettlement... Read More
at Wednesday, January 31, 2018