After 36 Years Without Legal Status, a New American Shares His Story  Published 7/2/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (4)

Every 4th of July, we are reminded that we are a nation of immigrants bound by fidelity to a set of ideals – democracy, freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So we are delighted that Tika Ram Dhungana, a former refugee from Bhutan is willing to share his new American story. Tika... more

Girl in Detention Draws Her Hope: 'I Want to Be Free'  Published 7/1/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (6)

Over the past year, we have been telling you about the government’s rapid expansion of detaining mothers and children arriving at our borders seeking protection. This month marks... more

Highlights of the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy  Published 6/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

Last week, 70 former refugees and 15 migrants and Lutheran pastors convened for the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy: three days of intensive training, advocacy, and action planning in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Participants came from 33 states representing 22 countries of... more

'Shafiq has the tools to change jobs or career paths': LIRS Releases Careers and Connections Guide for Employment Mentoring  Published 6/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMELIRS-CareersConnections-Blog

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has walked alongside migrants and refugees as they have built new lives in America since 1939. Through our work, LIRS and Lutherans across the country have learned to respond to specific, targeted needs and address the immediate challenges newcomers... more