Refugees and Immigrants
Every two seconds someone in the world is forced to leave their home and everything they know. With the threat of violence, persecution or disaster knocking on their door they make the only choice they can to find safety—they run.
In recent years fewer and fewer of the 70 million people who are forcibly displaced have access to the protection they need to rebuild their lives. Many nations that are hosting asylum seekers and refugees—including the United States at our southern border—deny them access to fundamental rights and critical services or have effectively closed their borders.
We believe every family has the right to live in safety and dignity. That is why we welcome refugees and asylum seekers with open hearts and helping hands. Faith leaders and refugee communities lift their voices to advocate for better policies, and by standing in solidarity, we are helping keep immigrant families together. Whether through the U.S. asylum system or refugee resettlement program here at home, or by aiding communities overseas, we help the vulnerable build lives free from fear.
I Am Because We Are
In 2016, as the war in Syria dominated world headlines, nearly eight million Syrians were internally displaced while hundreds of thousands lived in areas under siege. Millions of Syrian refugees were registered in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. One of those millions is a Church World Service case manager, Doha, who left Syria in 2013 and arrived in Egypt in …
From Kabul to CWS Paralegal: The Story of Samir.
It was a beautiful spring morning in Greensboro, North Carolina, as we sat in the office of Church World Service. Looking out of the window, the tulip magnolia trees were in bloom, decorating the skyscrapers of Greensboro and roads that stretch as far as our eyes could reach. Sitting with us that day was an Afghan national and a CWS …
Ramona Finds Her Voice and The Opportunity for a Better Life
Note before reading: This story includes references to sexual assault and kidnapping. Like many Cubans, Ramona lived in her country under constant fear. She worked at a small restaurant to sustain her son and was silenced whenever she tried to express her thoughts about the government. “I was treated badly there because I didn’t agree with how things were done. …