Members of Congress Demand End to Family Detention


Since last summer, the Obama Administration has been detaining Central American children and mothers who have come to the United States seeking protection. The evidence is now overwhelming that the vast majority of these mothers and children are … Read Post

Deferred Action Still Delayed – Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

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This week was to mark the hope-filled beginning of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, which has been delayed by a lawsuit. Instead, we continue to advocate for families who face uncertainty and children who face the … Read Post

‘I Like the Idea that My Country Can Be a Refuge’ — A Volunteer’s Perspective on Welcome

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  Community members and volunteers are the heart of our work. From furnishing apartments to teaching English, they introduce newcomers to the American way of life. The welcome communities provide is crucial to how quickly refugees can … Read Post

Administration’s Reforms to End Family Detention are Largely Symbolic — National Action Alert


Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced “a series of actions to enhance oversight and accountability, increase access and transparency” to improve its family detention centers. … Read Post

‘It is Painful, When You are Forced to Leave Your Home’ — LIRS Academy Participant and Advocate for Refugees Shares Her Story

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 Aline Binyungu Nzigire, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and current resident of Providence, Rhode Island, will be a participant in LIRS's 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy. She is the founder of the non-profit … Read Post

LIRS Academy Taught Me There Are More People in This Fight for a Better Tomorrow — Interview with Academy Graduate Joseph Lewis

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Joseph Lewis, a former refugee from Liberia, 2014 LIRS World Refugee Day Academy participant and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Transit Police Department, is a strong voice for perseverance and hope among vulnerable populations in Washington, D.C. … Read Post