World Refugee day 2021

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 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.


Stay tuned for our World Refugee Day toolkit, launching soon!


Help vulnerable families fleeing violence by giving to LIRS, the most effective organization that supports refugee and asylum-seeking families through the process of reunification.


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.

Get involved in Virtual Advocacy Day 2021. 

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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.


Share the stories of people seeking refuge.

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…”