Houston World Refugee Day Set for June 17

…ons High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength, and determination of men, women, and children who are forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict, and violence. The Houston Refugee Consortium honors refugees at the annual World Refugee Day Houston event, established in 2003 and hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR, and many community organizations. The Consortium is a…

World Refugee Day Voices: Meet those who came to Houston

…  World Refugee Day introduces the general public to the many contributions refugees make in Houston and honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who were forced to flee their homes and rebuild their lives. This event thanks the many Houstonians who have welcomed refugees with open arms for than 40 years. Learn more about World Refugee Day and register for tickets at WorldRefugeeDay.org….

Refugee Resiliency: A Single Father’s Perseverance

…stens to civics lessons on his phone, and his daughter quizzes him with flash cards. He says he’s nervous, but knowing Mr. T – he is going to pass with flying colors. If you ever visit Mr. T at his home, he will not talk to you about his challenges or hardships. He will show you something he recently built or offer you some of his home-cooked food. He shows us, day in and day out, how resilient, creative, and hardworking refugees are and just…

From Refugee Camp to College Graduate – Lucy’s Story

…her mother, two brothers, and two sisters were accepted into the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) program to receive assistance and protection. They stayed in Zambia for 13 years, being shuffled between refugee camps before finally settling in the Mayukwayukwa refugee camp where they lived for five years before coming to the United States. Life in Mayukwayukwa was hard, there were no jobs, and assistance from the UNHCR was…

Catholic Church Commits to Ongoing Work for Refugees

…ed States: Refugee Employment—helping refugees become employed and self-sufficient within 180 days Refugee School Impact—helping refugees of school-age adjust in their first year at schools in Texas Refugee Education—helping refugees learn English Refugee foster care—helping pay foster homes to care for unaccompanied refugee minors Without this assistance to find employment and to integrate into local communities, refugees could find themselves…

Refugee Services

…Vocational Training Eligibility Must be legally admitted to the United States as a refugee, asylee, Cuban entrant, victim of severe trafficking, or other population deemed eligible by the Health & Human Service Office of Refugee Resettlement. Must be within Office of Refugee Resettlement five-year eligibility period (from date of arrival in the US/date of asylum certification). Fees Services are free to all eligible clients   Service…

Griffin Family Opens Home and Hearts to Noor Family

…he children, particularly, seem to find it amusing. It gives me an appreciation for what they are experiencing, and particularly how difficult it is to acquire a new language as an adult! Afghans represent the single largest refugee population in the world, so my hope is that by investing in learning Pashto, I will be uniquely able to provide meaningful assistance to additional Afghan refugees in the future. Since birthdays are not normally…

Lucy’s story: ‘We lost everything and were forced to start over’

…. My father was killed, we lost everything and were forced to start over. Escaping for our lives, we left Rwanda for Tanzania then to Zambia. When we arrived in Zambia, we registered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) program for assistance and protection. We lived in Zambia for 13 years and for the last five were placed at Mayukwayukwa refugee camp where we lived until we were approved to come to America. Life in the…

Catholic organizations respond to immigration policies

…migrant Families WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In…

Vice President Tapped to Join Sheriff’s Transition Team

…migration relief and has caused unfortunate separation of families in the process. The other is working with our law enforcement on behalf of human trafficking victims, which is a core service of the agency’s Immigration and Refugee Services Division. Victims of human trafficking receive social services from Refugee Resettlement and legal representation from the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance. Gonzalez, as former…