Immigrants are the heart of this country. For hundreds of years people have arrived on our shores seeking safety, stability, and prosperity. Refugees displaced from their homes and torn from their countries wait years, sometimes even a decade, in displaced person’s camps hoping to come to America. Now, that promise of security is threatened. Syrian’s who narrowly escaped Damascus and Aleppo fear being sent back before they get their green card. Mexican and Guatemalan women saved from sex trafficking fear falling back into the hands of their aggressors, and the many refugees from the Congo wonder if they will be able to live safely in a country demonstrating such pronounced racism.
There are many ways to offer help to newly arrived refugees and the organizations that support them. A quick google search for “refugee services + your city” should turn up several local organizations working on behalf of newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Monetary donations are always a great way to show you support, but volunteering to spend time with a refugee and help them get acquainted with their new community is a wonderful way to de-stigmatize this targeted group. Below are some local organizations to check out.