‘Our Response Must be Informed by a Faith That Always Sides with the Outsider’ — Interview with Rev. David Vasquez


Pastor David Vasquez is an inspirational champion of welcome. As Senior Faith Advisor to the #ActOfLove advocacy campaign, he boldly reminds us how the plight of Central American children relates to our faith tradition, and how young people can change society for the better with their creativity and hopefulness. Pastor Vasquez was recently named President […]

Immigration Detention Causes Malnutrition and Psychological Trauma in Children — National Action Alert


A few weeks ago, Nora Skelly, former LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, shared a powerful reflection of her visit to the Artesia, NM detention facility currently used to detain hundreds of mothers and children from Central America. While we have seen tremendous media coverage of the inhumane conditions at the Artesia facility, less attention has […]

How Do You Become a Voice for Welcome in Your Community? Find Out Here.


Many of us feel concern and a desire to care for children and family migrants seeking refuge. Figuring out how to help can be overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of resources that includes several things you can do in your local community to show support for persons fleeing Central America.  In addition to visiting […]

All Eyes On Obama: President Expected to Act on Immigration — National Action Alert


Last week, Congress failed to pass legislation to protect children and families seeking refuge in the United States before heading home for August recess. The Senate’s bill from June 2013 to fix our broken immigration system has yet to be considered by the House of Representatives. Now, all eyes turn to President Obama as he has announced […]

Would You Defend Your Life in Court Without an Attorney? These Children Do

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Today, I’d like to introduce a guest blog post from LIRS Director for Access to Justice, Liz Sweet. Sweet reflects on a recent lawsuit challenging the federal government’s failure to provide thousands of vulnerable migrant children with lawyers in their deportation hearings.  Sweet writes: A little less than a year after I graduated from law school, […]

Top 4 Actions to Ask Your Member of Congress to Take during August Recess — State Action Alert


The August congressional recess started this week. 2014 is an election year, so many Members of Congress will be spending a great deal of time in their home districts, hosting local town hall meetings and speaking with constituents.  This month provides a great opportunity to join with congregants, church leaders, neighbors, and friends to set […]

Congress Fails to Act Despite Children in Critical Need of Protection — National Action Alert


Last week, Lutherans around the country acted quickly to support vulnerable children and families fleeing violence in Central America. Your voices let Members of Congress know that our communities want policies that honor our proud history of being a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge. Today, we write to provide an update on what happened […]

Baltimore Faith Community Holds Vigil for Unaccompanied Refugee Children


The faith community has shown strong, compassionate leadership throughout the border crisis. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a community that tirelessly supports the most vulnerable—in this case, young children and families seeking safety and refuge. Last week, a vigil was held in Baltimore for the thousands of unaccompanied refugee children who arrived in […]

Pew Study Reveals Dramatic Increase in Children 12 and Under Seeking Safety at Border


A recent Pew Research Center study revealed an 117% increase in the number of unaccompanied refugee children ages 12 and younger apprehended at the border. Over the same time period, the number of teens apprehended increased only 12%. As hundreds of unaccompanied children are being held in detention centers, the decreasing age of these children […]

‘Don’t Lose Children in Political Crossfire’ — Rev. Steve Klemz Writes in the Salt Lake Tribune


I’m deeply grateful for the resounding support people of action and faith have shown migrant families and children. Today, I’d like to share an op-ed by one of these powerful champions of migrants and refugees. Rev. Steve Klemz of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, penned a compassionate op-ed that appeared in […]