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 82.4 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. 

WATCH: Why we celebrate World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day Voices

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…”

Our 2021
World Refugee Day Toolkit is Now Available!


Join LIRS and Episcopal Migration Ministries for a World Refugee Day worship service and participate in our #WorldRefugeeDay social media campaign!


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.

Learn more about 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.



With 80 years of experience in transforming lives for the better, LIRS earned a 100% rating from Charity Navigator.

WATCH: A Refugee Family's Journey

Whether you give once or monthly, your donation will help LIRS to provide intensive support to newly arrived refugees, to place vulnerable children in safe, loving homes, and to empower new Americans to become successful, contributing members of their communities.

Mail donations to:

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
PO Box 17467
Baltimore, MD 21297-1467

Other Ways to Give

Interested in donating stocks, making a planned gift, or disbursing from your Donor Advised Fund? See our full list of other ways to give below.


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