World Refugee day 2020

Join us in Celebrating Refugees!

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.

Celebrate Refugees

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.

Learn About REfugees


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.

Best Refugee Charities


Urge Congress and the Administration to live up to America’s highest ideals of welcome. Check our Advocacy page frequently to support the latest pro-refugee policies. 

Get Informed

Read the latest research and reports from Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), which provide updates on refugee policy and arrivals.

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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What does refugee resilience mean to you?

Awn Sian Mung's Story:

“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…”

Huda Abdulhameed's Story:

“I was resettled to VA in 2014 as a refugee with my three minor daughters.

Since that time, my husband has been waiting in Jordan in immigration limbo, hoping to reunite with us in the U.S…”

Support Our Work On World REfugee DaY

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.

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