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

Backpack Drive Gives Essentials to Families Released from Immigration Detention  Published 4/24/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (4)

Every day, families are dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in San Antonio. After fleeing extreme violence in Central America and enduring months of fear in a family detention center, mothers and children are dropped off at the bus station with only the few possessions they might have fled... more

Border Immersion Trip Gives Lutheran Clergy a Peek into the Journey of Migrants  Published 4/24/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBorderImmersion300x300

Pastor Brian L. Erickson from Faith Lutheran Church in Virginia has been a compassionate supporter of the most vulnerable for years. He started a scholarship program for students in... more

Shakespeare in Syria – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 4/24/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

Today, I'm sharing a video featuring twelve-year-old Wiam Yousef Al-Ammari, a budding actress who was introduced to Shakespeare's King Lear at Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. This video was produced by Joslyn Massad, a contributor to the Tracks collection of stories of the UN Refugee... more

College Students and Courageous Migrants – Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 4/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (3)

Again and again, I am so touched by the courage of migrants and refugees who face incredible obstacles. Despite the difficulties many migrants and refugees face, they continue to persevere.  Photo Essay: Caravan of the Mutilated In These Times Joseph Sorrentino How Much Do Undocumented... more

HEADLINES: Immigration – April 22, 2015  Published 4/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage

The tragedy of boats carrying hundreds of migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean has brought the global refugee crisis to the world stage, making it clear that action must be taken. We work to create welcoming communities that are needed because no one is able to rely solely on the proverbial... more

Community Support Network eNewsletter - March/April 2015  Published 4/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOME

This post is part of the Community Support Network Newsletter. Subscribe to the email newsletter here. Read the archives here. Dear Community Support Partners and Friends, Happy Spring! Thank you to our Texas, Arizona, and Chicago partners for graciously hosting ATJ staff in the past... more