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Here at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, we distribute staff-wide daily articles on important issues.  Want to be in the loop, too?  We’ll keep you up to date on the scoop about refugees, immigrants, migrant children, and human trafficking every week in our Read This! Blog.

September 28, 2012

Home to a number of cultures and ethnicities, there are over 100 languages spoken in the public schools of Aurora, CO.  Building trust in the police, forming neighborhood watch groups, attending City Council meetings, and encouraging culinary tourism are several ways in which community members are welcoming newcomers.  One nonprofit focused on community building has taken the lead in establishing these neighborhood watch groups for refugees and immigrants to get a sense of ownership in their communities.

As the Obama administration outlines new strategies to prevent human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad, in Franklin, LA, St. Mary Community Action Agency has joined the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to provide services to survivors.  Case managers will receive comprehensive training before implementing direct service.

Assimilation as the primary goal for refugee and immigrant service providers is long a thing of the past.  Instead, the International Institute of the Bay Area in San Francisco recognizes how retaining culture, tradition, and language enriches the community both socially and economically.  This paradigm shift ensures that refugees and immigrants become active, engaged American citizens.

In Fort Wayne, IN – home to one of the largest Burmese refugee populations in the U.S. – Aung San Suu Kyi was optimistic about the possibility for resettled refugees to return to Burma, also known as Myanmar.  Many Burmese refugees spent years living in Thai camps before taking part in the U.S. Department of State program that resettled them in the U.S.

USCRI thanks Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for his commitment to refugees and welcoming communities illustrated in his proposed bill “Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act” which seeks to provide increased resources to help refugees and immigrants acclimate to life in the U.S.  The bill would expand federal support for employment, health, housing, and English language services to refugees while placing more emphasis on the pre-arrival period.  The overarching goal of the bill is to reduce long-term government assistance and accelerate self-sufficiency.

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