How the LIRS Academy Reignited My Passion to Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights -- Academy Graduate Shares Her Story  Published 5/28/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMESelena300x300

LIRS's 2015 LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy is an extraordinary event which brings together migrant and refugee leaders from across the country. The Academy is supported by a planning committee... more

From Paying Guerrillas' Ransoms to Capitol Hill -- LIRS Academy Participant Shares Her Courageous Journey  Published 5/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEMartha Rodriquez300x300

LIRS’s Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy brings together new Americans from across the country to gain leadership skills and share their stories with Congress on Capitol Hill. I’m proud... more

Members of Congress Demand End to Family Detention  Published 5/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEEndFamilyDetention300x300

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 asylum seekers, and that detention is placing their... more

The Mural Bringing Us Together as #OneBaltimore – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 5/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

This blog series usually features the creative work of migrant and refugee artists. However, the underlying hope is to share stories of courage and to support the work of building just and welcoming communities. As a Baltimore-based organization, we’d like to highlight the struggles that our own... more

Deferred Action Still Delayed – Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 5/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (5)

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 possibility of painful separation from their... more

'I Like the Idea that My Country Can Be a Refuge' -- A Volunteer's Perspective on Welcome  Published 5/21/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMERS1276_LIRS Atlanta 2014-237-scr_300x300

  Community members and volunteers are the heart of our work. From furnishing apartments to teaching English, they introduce newcomers to... more

HEADLINES: Immigration – May 20, 2015  Published 5/20/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (3)

Immigration advocates continue to remain hopeful that the Obama Administration will implement policies that end family detention and create reforms and positive change that better support individuals seeking asylum. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most... more