In recent decades, the U.S. has been a leader in offering protection to refugees. This period followed a more shameful chapter in U.S. history leading up to World War II, when hundreds of Jews were turned away by the U.S. government for resettlement and later murdered in Nazi death camps.
Hamed Hasanin was born in Damascus, Syria and then was forced to flee to Jordan before being granted resettlement in Fort Worth, TX. Though Hamed is incredibly grateful for his life now, his journey to his new home was not an easy one.
Texas Senate Bill 4, approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott, is harmful, discriminatory, and dehumanizing toward all immigrants—including refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs), and survivors of human trafficking served by Refugee Services of Texas.
We are deeply disappointed by the Executive Order issued today by the Trump administration banning travel to the U.S. for individuals from six countries, instituting a complete stop in refugee arrivals for the next four months, and renewing a commitment to reduce refugee arrivals to the U.S. to 50,000 people.
The consistent and inappropriate conflation between refugees and terrorism is unfounded and unconscionable and represents a dark moment in the history of the United States. Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution to find a new home for their families in peace and safety.
Painting, sculpting, and self expression are methods of individual expression. As an art major at Texas Christian University, Olivia knows the importance of art in her life and wished to share it with others through her thesis project, so she decided to teach a painting class for Refugee Services of Texas clients in Fort Worth.
During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Jessica Harvey shares how having the opportunity to welcome refugees into her community has been a Bright Blessing.
During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Merinda is one of our bright Bright Blessings this year, and we are proud to be one of her's too!
During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients.
You can give bright blessings by donating to RST this holiday season through our donation page on the RST website. Also, remember to mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on November 29th! Finally, you can help RST by purchasing holiday gifts via Amazon Smile.
During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Derek Robinson, a volunteer at Refugee Services of Texas in Austin, shares what motivates him to help refugees in his community.
You can spread Bright Blessings this holiday season by selecting Refugee Services of Texas on Amazon Smile or by donating on our website on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.
This holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Sarah Bisnette, a volunteer at Refugee Services of Texas of Fort Worth, shares her experience in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom.
You can give bright blessings by using the RST Amazon Smile account to purchase holiday gifts and by donating on our website on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.
Refugee Services of Texas is deeply disappointed by Gov. Abbott’s announcement seeking to withdraw the State of Texas from its role in the U.S. refugee admissions program after nearly 40 years of participation, especially at a time in our history when Texas’ compassionate legacy of welcoming refugees seeking safety from violence and oppression is needed more than ever.
The Refugee Services of Texas (RST) Dallas office Support Specialists share their role in welcoming our new neighbors to the office and their new communities.
Sunita Acharya, a Case Worker at Refugee Services of Fort Worth, shares her story of how she helps clients engage with their new community.
"Language is an important component of everyday life. It helps us connect with others and feel connected to the community we live in. I believe it is important for refugees to learn English in order to connect with the community and in this way become part of the community that they live in," says English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator, Virginia Villarreal.
Kim Benjamin, former Americorps VISTA in the Fort Worth office, shares how she helped welcome a family as a Mentor.
Chris Cambises, the Refugee Youth Program Supervisor, and Brenda Ogershok, the Youth Mentor Coordinator, share their stories of making refugee youth feel welcome in their new homes.
In recent months, there have been a lot of pictures, articles, and statements in the news about refugees in far-flung regions of the world. There have been stories of families crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, or living for years in refugee camps. But few Texans are aware that refugees are not all so far away; right here in Austin, there are refugees living and working among us as neighbors and friends. Now in these last few hours before Amplify Austin 2016, one Austinite’s story of how he came to Texas as a refugee and made this city his home stands out among the rest.
Meeting with people who do not speak the same language as you, can be nerve-wracking. How do you communicate? Will they understand why you are there? Will your efforts produce any good? I felt all of these things in anticipation of the first time I met with the newly arrived family I am mentoring.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has created a helpful infographic detailing the security screening process for refugees resettled in the United States.