June 20th is World Refugee Day – a time when we acknowledge the overwhelming adversity faced by the nearly 80 million displaced people worldwide. At Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, it is our deepest belief that these vulnerable individuals should be protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.
Join us on World Refugee Day (and every day!) in celebrating the incredible resilience and contributions of refugees in America – and remembering those overseas who look to us for protection.
Explore this interactive page to learn more about refugees, to advocate for compassionate policy solutions, to share and uplift their voices and to support our work.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LIRS will host a virtual advocacy day on Tuesday, June 22. This year is a critical year for influencing immigration policies. As advocates, we must ensure that our country’s immigration policies honors God’s love for all people and the dignity of each person. This Day seeks to uphold the legacy of compassion which has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America’s communities.
In honor of World Refugee Day, LIRS has gathered migrant and refugee leaders, people of faith, choirs, musicians, and others for a special worship service honoring our refugee and immigrant brothers and sisters.
Hear from the Mountain of God Swahili Congregation “Thunder of Praise” Choir, Pastor Emmanuel Jackson, Rev. Crispin Ilombe Wilondja, and more.
“When I think back on my life – and the time before I came to America – I feel like I’m sleeping. Like I have a dream within my dream and I see the lights coming in…
I am from Myanmar (Burma). But I am not Burmese…”