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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.

Foster families across the United States await dozens of refugee children who are under 18, and who by definition have no close family to care for them.

In his own words, Mr. Noori speaks to the significance of LSS/NCA to him and his family as they begin their third month in America---their new home.

For 100 years, LSS/NCA has served the most vulnerable in our community, envisioning wholeness and justice for all. In that vision, the scholarships are intended to further the dreams and success of youth and adults by awarding individuals funds to further their education.

Hundreds of volunteers, staff and partner organizations joined Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) in celebration, solidarity and service to celebrate 100 years of LSS/NCA. Into the Streets was a bold demonstration of the good that can be accomplished and the impact that can be created through collaboration, commitment and common goals.

Mamadou Sy, LSS/NCA Executive Director of Refugee Services, joined Princeton University for their discussion on "Faith Based Approaches to Forced Migration" Watch it here.

Hashmatulla, 30, worked as an interpreter with U.S. forces in Afghanistan for about eight years, but after people he knew were killed by the Taliban, he became worried about his family’s safety and decided to leave. It took about two years for the family to get visas to come to the U.S. --WAMU 88.5 follows the Rasooly Family, refugees welcomed by LSS/NCA.

Tragically, U.S. immigration enforcement policies have compounded the vulnerabilities of families and protection-seeking migrants. Instead of promoting family unity, we as a nation are breaking families apart.

President Trump signs Executive Order barring all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, among other measures.

On January 11 – which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – wear blue clothing and post a photo of yourself to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WearBlueDay. Encourage greater public awareness about human trafficking.

The funds support the Youth Haven Project which provides health and wellness services to 90 children, teens and adults living with or affected by HIV/AIDS related stigma.

Today through our collected efforts, nothing is impossible. Thank you for offering hope and compassion to families and children. Join us in service and celebration as we recognize 100 years of serving boldly.

The second annual Immigration Film Festival will screen more than 20 films at churches and other locations throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. The goal of the festival is “to put faces on immigrants and tell the stories of global immigration through film, the most popular of media.” Films are shown “not only to entertain but also to inform and inspire action.”

Voice of America created a 2 minute video spotlight on LSS/NCA's refugee resettlement work, featuring a Syrian family who recently made their journey to America. This video truly captures the courage and hope of the millions feeling war and persecution.

"They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents,” tweeted Al Trautwig, NBC’s gymnastics announcer for the Rio games, Sunday." ...Now as an adult, Simone has the confidence to address these comments head on. Share her inspiring story.

LSS/NCA's Youth Haven program is featured as the centerfold article of Living Lutheran Magazine, July 2016. Read more starting on page 26.

Although no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, there have been travel-associated cases. Here are a few facts and tips to help squash mosquitoes near your home.

Due to continued snow removal efforts and for the safety of our staff & clients, all LSS/NCA area offices will be closed Monday, January 25. Offices in Falls Church and Hyattsville will be closed Tuesday January 26; Staffing will be limited in DC. Please call ahead.

While terror attacks in Paris and around the world have made some Americans more fearful and ignited concerns around refugees in the US, from our daily work at LSS/NCA we know that the refugees who are admitted to the US seeking safety and protection from violence, war, and persecution are not a risk to our safety. They come prepared to work hard, to give back to this country, and to ensure their children have a better future. Here are some facts on the resettlement process and Syrian refugees. Please share them with your community so we can spread #FactsNotFear.

Family drawings representing courage and determination come to life through LSS/NCA and Budsies™ partnership.

"After nearly 15 years with LSS/NCA, it is time for me to turn the reigns over to our amazing senior leadership team, and for a new CEO to continue LSS/NCA’s legacy of service and compassion. " ~Melissa K. Graves