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 this week 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.
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LIRS will host a virtual advocacy day on Tuesday, June 23. As we reflect and celebrate the contributions of refugees, we must also inform Members of Congress of refugees’ unique challenges. Our leaders need to hear that their constituents want to see meaningful solutions to the pandemic that support all of our neighbors, including refugee community members, and that our country must continue to stand for welcome and offer protection to those fleeing violence and persecution.
LIRS has an 80 year history of mobilizing engaged Americans to create powerful grassroots change, and advocates like you are at the heart of this work. Leveraging your power as a voter and constituent may seem like a small task, but for the people we serve, a phone call can make a big difference.
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“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…”
When you support Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, you are directly helping vulnerable refugees rebuild their lives in America. Your compassion helps asylum seekers who have recently been released from detention. And your contribution helps foster safe, loving environments for unaccompanied migrant children.