LIRS Academy Graduates Co-found Non-profit to Serve Refugees

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LIRS World Refugee Day Academy graduates Claudette Nshimiyimana, from Rwanda, and Omar Bah, from The Gambia, along with Jeannette Ayinkamiye, co-founded the Center for Refugee Advocacy and Support (CenRAS). CenRAS offers critical and comprehensive … Read Post

Panoramics, Protections, and Prison — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

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Nationwide debates about protection for children in detention centers and deportations of potential Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) applicants continue. So do the difficulties faced by refugees worldwide as well as those who are … Read Post

Congress Pushes to Detain, Prosecute, and Deport Vulnerable Migrants


As Congress continues to hold multiple hearings and introduce numerous bills on immigration, one recurring theme has emerged: over-reliance on immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, the atmosphere around immigration in the House and the Senate has … Read Post

‘We See Christian Community as Persistent Openness to All’ — Interview with Pastor John Kidd

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Today, I’d like to highlight a church that has made equality for all people its core mission. In 1954, Augustana Lutheran Church was one of the first churches in Washington, D.C. to racially integrate. Having adopted an “open door” philosophy, in the … Read Post

Reflections From My March in Selma: Our Civil Rights Work is Unfinished


A little more than a week ago, I traveled to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when hundreds of peaceful citizens marching for racial justice were brutally beaten. I was invited by Concordia College Alabama (CCA), a … Read Post