Thank You For Your Support! LIRS Advocacy Actions Reach Highest Level Yet  Published 8/22/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEfalg300x300

The support for children and families fleeing Central America due to violence and persecution has been overwhelming. Since July, more than 900 actions were taken through our Action Center, the highest level of action yet. However, we still need your voice to ensure families and children are... more

Migrant Mother's Courageous Story Moves Lutherans to Action — State Action Alert  Published 8/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Congregations across the country have stepped up to respond to, and learn from, the families fleeing violence in Central America. In July, Folabi Olagbaju, LIRS National Grassroots Director, and Alexia Salvatierra of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America led... more

'Our Response Must be Informed by a Faith That Always Sides with the Outsider' — Interview with Rev. David Vasquez  Published 8/20/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDvasquezActofLove300

Pastor David Vasquez is an inspirational champion of welcome. As Senior Faith Advisor to the #ActOfLove advocacy campaign, he boldly reminds us... more

Immigration Detention Causes Malnutrition and Psychological Trauma in Children — National Action Alert  Published 8/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

A few weeks ago, Nora Skelly, former LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, shared a powerful reflection of her visit to the Artesia, NM detention facility currently used to detain hundreds of mothers and children from Central America. While we have seen tremendous media coverage of the inhumane... more

How Do You Become a Voice for Welcome in Your Community? Find Out Here.  Published 8/14/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Many of us feel concern and a desire to care for children and family migrants seeking refuge. Figuring out how to help can be overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of resources that includes several things you can do in your local community to show support for persons fleeing Central... more

LIRS Sample Letter to Members of Congress September 2014  Published 8/14/2014 in LIRS

LIRS Sample Letter to Members of... more

All Eyes On Obama: President Expected to Act on Immigration — National Action Alert  Published 8/12/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Last week, Congress failed to pass legislation to protect children and families seeking refuge in the United States before heading home for August recess. The Senate’s bill from June 2013 to fix our broken immigration system has yet to be considered by the House of Representatives. Now, all... more