Humanitarian organization Church World Service welcomes President Obama's decision to offer millions of U.S. undocumented community members the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation.
BALTIMORE, MD — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), and supporters all across America, welcome the significant steps taken today by the Obama Administration that invite our neighbors out of the shadows, bring greater hope and security in the place of fear and stabilize the lives of millions of immigrants living in the United States.
The goal of the Forced Migration Innovation Project is to rethink refugees in resettlement as active agents in their own livelihoods. FMIP works with practitioners, the private sector, and refugees to develop sound programs based on research outcomes that contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in resettlement. In looking at longitudinal refugee employment outcomes, we hope to capture the enabling environments that facilitate upward mobility in newcomer populations.
Between 2014 and 2019, the United States plans to resettle approximately 50,000 Congolese refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. At least 20% of incoming refugees are expected to be resettled under the “women-at-risk” designation, widely operationalized in practice as refugees who are single women and single mothers.
In response to the growing practice of inhumane family detention, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will hold an interfaith prayer vigil on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11am CST at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 408 S. Davidson Street, Karnes City, TX.
National Welcoming Week is fast approaching! During the week of September 13th through the 21st, people all over the US will be coming together to celebrate the diversity of people and cultures that make up our communities.
Since 2011, the number of unaccompanied immigrant children making the dangerous passage from Central America to the southern border has increased more than seven-fold, with arrivals expected to reach 90,000 children this year.
Austin celebrated World Refugee Day 2014 on Saturday, June 14th. The event was hosted by Bullock Texas State History Museum.
As all of our concern grows for the children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking safety in the United States, we’ve just learned that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement plans to reprogram $94 million from refugee services to meet the needs of these children.
The Hope Through Health Clinic is the culmination of nearly 2 years of collaboration between Seton Family of Hospitals, CommUnityCare clinics, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, and Refugee Services of Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Hope Through Health Clinic with CommUnityCare, which provides a range of services for human trafficking survivors, has been selected to receive the Community Empowerment Award from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
Ride for Refuge 2014, the bicycle fundraiser hosted by Refugee Services of Texas and held in Austin on Saturday, February 8th, was an enormous success.
RST Houston Area Director Sara Kauffman was featured on Houston Public Media. Read the transcript below or listen to the story here.
The RST Austin Survivors of Trafficking team worked in collaboration with several local groups to organize "An Evening to Honor Survivors: Reception and Art Silent Auction" on Friday, October 25th. The event, which promoted and generated resources for RST's SOT program, marked the end of a week-long campaign, called FREE Austin, to create awareness and end slavery in Austin.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement is excited to share a short YouTube video titled Refugees and the Affordable Care Act. The video is available in the following six languages: Somali, Karen, Nepali, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, and English.
FORT WORTH, Texas – June 23, 2013. The United Nations created World Refugee Day in 2001, in order to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. Each year on June 20, civic groups, lawmakers, refugees and others take a moment to recognize struggle of refugees, to acknowledge the strides made by those whom have reached safety, and to reflect upon the needs of the more than 15 million refugees worldwide.
He survived a car bombing in Iraq six years ago, but became permanently blinded in the incident. He has a wonderful sense of humor and positive outlook on life that continuously attracts people to him. Qusay is a 24-year-old man who Refugee Services of Texas resettled in Austin four months ago.
Many of the strongest supporters in the refugee resettlement network in Amarillo are Refugee Services of Texas’ volunteer English as a Second Language instructors. The program was founded in 2008 to help refugees acquire vital English language skills in order better integrate into the local community.