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Welcome to Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area's (LSSNCA) newsroom. LSSNCA, a human services and immigration relief and refugee welcome agency throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. metro area serves those on their immigration journey. Read how we're working together to amplify voices of refugees and asylum-seekers, create loving and responsible foster homes for unaccompanied children and refugee minors, advocate for new neighbors, and work torward creating a more just, welcoming, and thriving community. 

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Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) urges Congress to pass the recently introduced Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2023 (H.R. 5856). We invite you to join us in advocating for the passage of H.R. 5856 by reaching out to your local representative. By passing this legislation, we can send a powerful message that the United States is committed to combating human trafficking, supporting survivors, and creating a safer and more just society.

LSSNCA was hopeful to see a bipartisan border bill finally presented - recognizing that the modernization of our immigration system is long overdue. LSSNCA supports the United States’ right to increase security measures at the border, yet, not at the expense of vulnerable individuals fleeing persecution.

LSSNCA calls upon lawmakers to prioritize a humane and just immigration system that respects the rights and dignity of those seeking refuge on U.S. shores and prioritizes meaningful access and pathways to those seeking safety. We urge them to reject any deal that compromises these principles and instead work towards comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the values upon which our nation was built.

House Bill995 creates a pathway for qualified doctors licensed overseas to fill workforce gaps in medically underserved communities. These gaps existed before and were exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. Foreign trained doctors, also known as International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are a ready and untapped workforce with medical and language skills and cultural sensitivities needed to serve communities throughout the Commonwealth. Now is the time and HB995 is the legislation that will allow these talented professionals to provide high quality support to patients, especially in underserved communities, and improve access to needed medical care.

If you need a last-minute holiday gift this weekend and through the end of the year, you have lots of options along the Route 1 corridor that don’t involve online rush ordering, circling parking lots, or standing in long lines. Even better, you can support the local artists, craftsmen, and other small business owners that put this area on the map. ... Donate to help support the following local nonprofits doing notable work for the community in the area and beyond.

The CMPP National Board today announced the selection of four subgrantees to implement the Case Management Pilot Program, delivering voluntary case management and associated services to individuals enrolled in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Alternatives to Detention programs.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) is honored to announce its selection as one of five recipients of the Case Management Pilot Program (CMPP) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This federally funded initiative is designed to provide voluntary, trauma-informed, and culturally competent case management, along with related services, to asylum-seekers and others in need of humanitarian relief participating in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs.

As 235 religious leaders and 143 national, state, and local faith-based organizations representing many faith traditions, we write to express deep concern over reports that the Biden Administration is considering agreeing to harsh and permanent asylym restrictions.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) applauds today’s decision by Judge Dana Sabraw to prohibit separating families at the border, underscoring the values of human dignity and the right to safety which must underpin our asylum system.

LSSNCA joined others in issuing public comments in response to the Unaccompanied Children Program Foundational Rule, posted by the Administration of Children and Families on Oct. 4, 2023.

Below is the opening of a letter signed by LSSNCA alongside 14 other organizations expressing our recommendations. We also signed onto additional comments, which can also be found in the public record (

Re: Unaccompanied Children Program Foundational Rule, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); 88 Fed. Reg. 68908; RIN 0970-AC93; ACF-2023-0009

The undersigned organizations respectfully submit these comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Unaccompanied Children Program Foundational Rule (“proposed rule”) by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), initially published on October 4, 2023. Drawing on our collective experience and expertise as care providers for unaccompanied children in Federal Government custody, we appreciate the opportunity to submit comments regarding the NPRM.

As a collective, we represent 15 organizations involved in the placement, care, and services provided to unaccompanied children in Federal custody. For years our various organizations have provided unaccompanied children with quality care and services that are in the best interest of the child. Given this experience, we felt it of great value to contribute comments on the NPRM from the perspective of care providers who understand how children will be directly impacted by the proposed policies and regulations. Important to note, our comment provides input on specific sections of the proposed rule but does not represent an exhaustive review nor an endorsement of other segments of the proposed rule, though many have joined or written separate individualized comments on various sections.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), a human services and immigration relief and refugee welcome agency, is honored to be selected by Governor Wes Moore’s Maryland Service Corps program as a host organization.

A group of 188 immigrant rights organizations, including the ACLU and United We Dream, are urging Congress not to make changes to the asylum system and humanitarian parole authority in negotiations over the foreign aid supplemental funding bill.

The letter expressed concern over proposals to dramatically and permanently change the U.S. immigration system. These changes would devastate America’s asylum process and harm asylum-seekers and other vulnerable immigrants.

We raised concerns to the DHS and the DOJ about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)’s recent change to its language access policies and practices, which now require individuals to bring their own interpreters to their affirmative asylum interview, which abandons its practice of providing government-paid interpreters.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has awarded LSSNCA a generous grant of $85,000 in support of our Refugee and Immigrant Services Program for fiscal year 2023.