Statement from Linda Hartke, LIRS President and CEO, regarding Texas decision to withdraw refugee resettlement

September 21, 2016 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD –Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is extremely disappointed that the state of Texas has announced that it is pulling out of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Texas will still resettle refugees, but the coordinating role that the state has played […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service commends plan to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S., calls on other countries to follow suit

September 16, 2016 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is grateful that the Obama Administration has committed to increase the number of refugees the United States will accept to at least 110,000 in Fiscal Year 2017. This decision will both save lives and strengthen […]

LIRS to Host Walk of Courage Award Gala, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Be Honored

For Immediate Release September 6, 2016 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will host its annual Walk of Courage Award Gala on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 6:00pm, at the Capitol View at 400, located at 444 North Capitol Street NW in Washington […]

August 31, 2016 – LIRS Welcomes 10,000th Syrian Refugee

August 31, 2016 STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service welcomes admission of 10,000th Syrian refugee, calls on Congress to uphold bipartisan U.S. humanitarian legacy in FY17 Continuing Resolution Press Contacts: Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds the Obama administration for reaching its goal of admitting at least 10,000 […]

June 13, 2016 PRESS RELEASE — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service to Host Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy, World Refugee Day event

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will host the 2016 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy, a three-day event for migrants and former refugees focused on building advocacy, community organizing, and leadership skills. The event will take place in Washington, DC on June 17-20. The Academy will culminate in a […]

January 12, 2016 NEWS RELEASE — State of the Union Guest was resettled by the Michigan partner of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD — Baltimore based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is pleased that a Syrian refugee resettled by one of its partner agencies will be one of President and Mrs. Obama’s guests at tonight’s State of the Union Address. Syrian scientist Refaai Hamo, his son and three daughters, arrived […]

November 16, 2015 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Response to ISIS Attacks and Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 We are broken with grief at the senseless loss of life in Paris, as well as the deaths in Beirut, Egypt and across the Middle East – all at the hands of brutal terrorists. These actions of ISIS are the embodiment of evil, carried out by champions of death […]

September 21, 2015 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Reiterates Call for U.S. to Accept 100,000 Additional Syrians

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC — With 4 million Syrian refugees seeking protection, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) calls on the United States to join with European countries in demonstrating courageous leadership and preserving our long legacy of providing welcome. Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement this weekend that the United […]

September 14, 2015 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS to Host Walk of Courage Award Gala; National Immigration Advocate Sonia Nazario to Deliver Keynote

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will host the Walk of Courage Award Gala on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 5:30pm, at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD. The Gala will celebrate the courageous journeys of newcomers and the difference they are […]

September 10, 2015 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Urges President Obama to Show Bold Leadership and Compassion Towards Syrian Refugees

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC — In response to increased global attention on the desperation of Syrian refugees seeking safety in Europe, and amid political pressure to demonstrate moral and humanitarian leadership, a White House spokesperson today indicated plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. during the upcoming fiscal year […]