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Our CEO, Kristyn Peck, shares the vulnerabilities of refugees and immigrants to human trafficking on the Truckers Against Trafficking podcast. This episode is for anyone wanting to learn more about indicators of trafficking and what to do if you suspect trafficking -- you do not need to be a trucker to listen or to get something out of it! Report suspected trafficking by calling the National Human Trafficking hotline here: 1-888-373-7888. LSSNCA is grateful for its new partnership with U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to provide services to foreign national survivors of human trafficking in the DMV.

June 202l Townhall on the state of refugee resettlement and immigration policy in the U.S.! Special guest Rep. Jamie Raskin joins our experts, including our partners at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.

Kristyn Peck and her team helped about 1,000 refugees move to the Washington, D.C. area by the end of 2017, the year former President Donald Trump took office. By 2020, that number had plummeted to 40. With it went staff members, government funding and the community network that resettlement agencies like hers rely on to welcome refugees in the United States.

Each day hundreds of families arrive at the US-Mexico border to escape violence in their home countries.
Many are from Central America but a few come from as far away as Central Africa. Watch this refugee's heroic journey from Cameroon. LSSNCA CEO speaks about their work with refugees.

Even before the pandemic hit immigrant relief organizations — forcing them to cut hours, freeze volunteer programs, move online and scrap for funding as donations dried up — groups that serve newly arrived immigrants were struggling to keep some programs afloat....

The infrastructure that keeps such groups afloat were eroding. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, the shutdowns, the online-only everything. For many organizations, it felt like a sucker punch, a blow that hit while they already were down.

He moved to a refu­gee camp in Uganda with what was left of his family and stayed there for eight years. In 2014, in what he still describes as “a miracle,” Kazzembe was allowed to come to the United States as an unaccompanied refu­gee minor and now lives with his foster family.

More often than not, the first job a refugee gets in the U.S. is only temporary, as its main purpose is to start generating income to cover living expenses. Many refugees are eager to return to a previous field or pursue other career opportunities, but there may be obstacles that stand in the way.

This letter simply requests that DHS share with Congress the reason why Special Immigrant Visa holders have been denied for discretionary reasons. Translators embedded with US troops help us fulfill our combat and peacekeeping missions, and make the same sacrifice our men and women in uniform do. The United States of America must keep our promises to those who risked their lives to help our country fight terrorism and defend our national security. This letter is critical to provide Congress with much-needed information.

HIAS, which resettled more than 4,000 refugees across the United States in 2016, has motivated and united 35 synagogues in the Washington-area to join its Welcome Campaign, but the agency does not resettle refugees in Greater Washinton. So congregations partner with the International Rescue Committee or Lutheran Social Services, forming interfaith partnerships.

On July 19, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration’s travel ban to stand, leaving about 100 unaccompanied minor refugees stranded overseas.