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 […]

July 23, 2015 PRESS RELEASE — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Releases Comprehensive Report on Status of Care for Unaccompanied Children

Press Contact: Miji Bell MBell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) announces the release of a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the care and protection of unaccompanied children. The report, titled “At the Crossroads for Unaccompanied Migrant Children”, was informed by a series of three national roundtable meetings convened in […]

May 28, 2015 PRESS RELEASE — LIRS to Host Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org, (410) 230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will host the 2015 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 Baltimore and Washington, DC […]

April 16, 2015 PRESS RELEASE — LIRS policy recommendations included in White House Task Force on New Americans’ submission to President Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org, (410) 230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to be one of a number of immigration advocacy groups whose policy recommendations to the White House Task Force on New Americans were submitted to President Obama on April 14th. Last November, the President […]

March 27, 2015 PRESS RELEASE — LIRS CEO and Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Families at Dilley Detention Center, Call for End to Family Detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org, (410) 230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) President and CEO Linda Hartke and Lutheran and Catholic bishops toured the Dilley Family Detention Center today. The faith leaders visited with young mothers and children who fled violence in Central America and are now incarcerated. […]

March 11, 2015 PRESS RELEASE — LIRS Invites Applications for Immigration Detention Visitation Ministry Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org, (410) 230-2841 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) will award grants of up to $1,500 each to empower churches and organizations to launch, improve and/or expand services to individuals isolated in immigration detention. “On any given day, the U.S. government incarcerates more than 34,000 […]