At the Crossroads for Unaccompanied Migrant Children: LIRS releases unified vision for the protection of vulnerable migrant children in the United States  Published 7/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMESM_roundtable_report_600x400_corrected

Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has worked tirelessly to welcome newcomers on behalf of Lutheran churches in the United States. In the wake of increased violence in Central America that forced more than 51,000 children to seek safety alone in the United States in the summer... more

'My First Citizenship' A Refugee's Journey from Statelessness to Advocating on Capitol Hill  Published 7/15/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBhutanese refugee who became a US citizen.

This week, I want to share this profile of a new American, Uma Mishra, who can proudly celebrate her ability to contribute to society... more

A Victory in the Fight Against Family Detention  Published 7/15/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEFamilyHugging_300x300

Over the last year you have raised your voice to advocate for the end of family detention many times and today we see the effects of your efforts. One year since the Administration began dramatically increasing the placement of mothers and children seeking refuge in large-scale family detention... more

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