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 understand... 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

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