Top 5 Ways to Protect Refugees & Rebuild U.S. Resettlement Program

An unprecedented 68 million people, including 25 million refugees,

have been forced from their homes around the world.

This is the worst refugee crisis in history.

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Refugees who we promised to protect are still awaiting safety, and families have been separated for years because of these drastic reductions. 

Together, we ask #WhereRtheRefugees? 

US & NC Refugee Advocacy news

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and 

Human Rights ​Education of North Carolina 

Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

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Take Action to Protect Immigrant Children

​Currently, administrative regulations are in jeopardy of being changed so that immigrant children and families could be indefinitely detained. The proposal would curtail minimum standards for how to care for children held in federal custody. It is a critical time to make our voices heard to oppose this proposal by the administration and to urge Congress to reject any proposal that fuels family separation and family incarceration.

Here are the top 3 ways to take action today:

  • Submit a Comment: Click here to register your opposition to the administration's proposal and stand up for immigrant children’s safety. On the right-hand side, please adapt the template language to share why you oppose the Trump administration’s new regulations to indefinitely detain children, lower standards of care in immigration jails, and remove legal protections from minors seeking safety in the U.S.

  • Share on Social Media: Click here to join today's digital day of action to help drive public comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposed regulations. Additional graphics are available here. Follow the conversation with the hashtag #StopFamilyDetention.

  • Call Congress: Click here to tell Congress to oppose the expansion of family incarceration and reject the administration's proposal to indefinitely detain children. Instead, Congress should pressure the administration to reunify separated families and end "zero tolerance" policies and invest in community-based alternatives to detention like the Family Case Management Program.

Please check out for more information. Please share this information widely.

In solidarity,
Jen Smyers, Director of Policy & Advocacy
Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service


Refugee Support Center 

The Refugee Support Center (RSC) is a 501(c)3, volunteer-based organization established to facilitate the transition of local North Carolina refugees to a new life in our community by providing them services, helping them access resources, and developing their skills to promote self-sufficiency. Annually RSC serves approximately 1000 refugees, primarily from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria. Most of those served live in Orange County, but refugees from surrounding counties can seek assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Interpretation is available either by phone or in person. We have interpreters who speak Arabic, Burmese, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. Not all interpreters are available during all office hours, so calling for an appointment for Arabic or Swahili is advised.

RSC has launched a 2021 back to school drive. 

The organization was founded in July 2012. It was the recipient of the 2016 NC Peace Prize. Flicka Bateman is the Director.

More information is available here:

RSC Launches 2021 Annual School Supply Drive

The Refugee Support Center is once again collecting school supplies for refugee kids. We are very grateful to the Faith in Action Committee at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church for once again heading up this collection. We could not do it without them as well as other local congregations, community groups and individuals like you on whom we depend. Last year we served over 300 students and anticipate 320 this year. 

 A drive-through collection of new, unused school supplies will be held on Saturday, July 31st from 9am-12pm in the parking circle at The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street. Please note: no drop-offs at the Refugee Support Center. We need to centralize the collection to keep a running inventory of remaining needs.

Items needed

Backpacks for all grade levels (priority)
Portable pencil sharpeners
Pencil pouches for binders
Spiral notebooks
Composition notebooks (wide/college ruled)
Binders (1” and 1.5”)
Pencils, pens
Colored pencils
Markers (thick/thin), dry erase markers
Glue sticks
Loose leaf paper

A wish list has been created on Amazon for those who prefer to shop online:  

To utilize the Amazon Wish List, follow the above link and add your selections to your cart. At checkout, pay in the manner you typically do, but choose “Allison Worthy’s Gift Registry Address” from your shipping address choices. Allison will receive your order and deliver it to the Refugee Support Center. The Amazon Wish List is also a good reference for in-store shopping.

Questions? Contact Allison Worthy

Thank you in advance for helping refugee school kids get back in the swing of things by participating in the ritual of having brand new school supplies for the new school year. 



Burmese Refugee Project

Beth El Congregation in Durham is a partner in an effort to support the family of a prominent Burmese human rights activist.  The family has been under threat by the brutal military regime responsible for the coup in Myanmar. The U.S. State Department is working with individuals targeted by the military regime in Myanmar to provide support for their brave work and to protect those at risk by issuing a special visa under a process that is used only for extreme emergencies. The husband has made the heart-wrenching decision to remain in Myanmar to try to continue to fight for a free country. The rest of the family received their visas and arrived at RDU on July 4th! They have temporary housing for three months as well as health care provided by Samaritan Health Center. They will need permanent affordable housing beginning in October, and suggestions for housing are welcomed. Contact Beth El member Evelina Moulder: for more information.