HEADLINES: Immigration – May 6, 2015  Published 5/6/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (2)

During this Week of Action to end the inhumane practice of family immigration detention, groups across the country have marched and protested to call for the release of families in detention facilities. While thousands of mothers and children remain detained, momentum to end this harmful practice... more

Top 6 Posts From 6 Months of Through Courageous Eyes  Published 5/1/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

To mark the past 6 months of beautiful art by people with amazing stories, we share a recap of the top posts in the Through Courageous Eyes series. From painting and photography to craft making and film, these stories have been as varied as the artists who inspired them. The Through Courageous... more

Washington, D.C. Event Lifts Up the Voices of Migrants and Refugees  Published 4/30/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEForcedtoFleeCover300x300

“Helping brothers and sisters from around the world who have been persecuted start their lives anew is challenging work; but, as a community we must face these obstacles head on because they are nothing in comparison to what refugees have endured and what they confront as they seek to... more

'Parents, Not Problems' – Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 4/30/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

With Mother's Day on the horizon, we remember the circumstances of refugee, immigrant, and asylum seeker parents. Many face immense challenges in raising and protecting their children due to incarceration in detention centers, extended separations, war, persecution, cultural and generational... more

Reflections on the Growth of Family Detention -- From Two Years Ago to Today  Published 4/29/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOME7637108374_55f0c40cb5_k-684x1024_600_300x300

Today, I like to share a guest post from Rosalynd Erney, LIRS Policy Advocate. Rosalynd began her time at LIRS as a Lutheran Volunteer Corps member. On her first day nearly two years ago, she traveled to a family detention center. Today, the use of family detention has skyrocketed. She reflects on... more

HEADLINES: Immigration – April 29, 2015  Published 4/29/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

Immigration to the United States has a long history and most Americans have family stories of migration. Some of these are recent experiences, some filtered... more

Family Immigration Detention is a Focus at the 2015 Ecumenical Advocacy Days  Published 4/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEEAD2015

Last weekend, LIRS staff and supporters participated in the 13th annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, which brought together over a thousand people of faith from across the country. This year's gathering focused on mass incarceration, with a... more