Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Responds to New Immigration Policies Announced Today

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. 

Forced Migration Innovation Project - Southern Methodist University

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. 

The Continuity Risk: A three city study of Congolese women-at-risk resettled in the U.S.

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.

An Evening To Honor Survivors: Reception and Art Silent Auction

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.

Jean-Claude Goes To Washington

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.

Qusay's Story

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.