Welcoming Refugees at Christmas: A Few Tips

Last week I gave you 30 ideas for welcoming refugees during the holidays. This week I want to talk through some important issues that you should be aware of if you plan to adopt one of those ideas for welcoming refugees at Christmas. This is not an exhaustive list of tips, by any means, but…

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Welcoming Refugees During the Holidays: 30 Ideas

Note: This post was originally published a year ago. Since I have a lot of new readers who may be looking for resources for welcoming refugees during the holidays, I thought I would share it with you again this year. If you have suggestions in addition to the 30 listed here, feel free to leave…

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Thoughts on the New Vetting Procedures for Refugees

On October 24th, the 120 day moratorium on refugee resettlement established by President Trump’s first executive order (known as the “travel ban”) ended. The same day President Trump issued a new executive order imposing additional vetting procedures for refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S. and extending the moratorium on resettlement for refugees from 11 countries…

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Advocacy and the Democratic Process

As a child, I traveled to Washington D.C. like many American school children do, to visit the historic seat of our country’s government. I toured the Capitol building, staring up in awe at the ceiling of the rotunda, and admiring the gilded hallways leading to the House and the Senate. I visited every memorial on…

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First They Killed My Father: A Film Review

First They Killed My Father is a Netflix original film directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the book with the same name written by Loung Ung. At the age of five, Loung survived the Cambodian genocide, which was carried out by the Communist Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. Through Loung’s eyes the audience witnesses…

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Who Is a Refugee?

Even though refugees have been a major subject in the news for the last several years, there are still a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about who refugees are. In this post I want to address the answer to the question: who is a refugee? I will also clarify some other terms that are sometimes…

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