Join EMM and Show Your Support for LGBTQ+ Forced Migrants in 2024
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Kendall Martin
2d ago
Persecution against LGBTQ+ people continues unabated throughout the world, causing multitudes to flee their homelands in search of safety. The Episcopal Church is responding, and inviting congregations and other partners to join this effort through Episcopal Migration Ministries’ (EMM’s) Rainbow Initiative. Dozens of countries make same-sex intimacy, gender nonconformity, or transgender identity illegal, with punishment up to the death penalty in twelve. While much of this persecution is motivated by religious rhetoric, The Episcopal Church resolved in 2022 to express its theology of love by ..read more
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News Digest: February 16, 2024
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
5d ago
Articles 2/7/24, NPR, Why America can’t seem to fix its broken immigration system 2/9/24, Vox, Record numbers of people crossed the U.S. border last year. Here’s a guide to understanding what’s happening 2/12/24, CBS News, Migrants in Mexico have used CBP One app 64 million times to request entry into U.S. 2/12/24, Washington Post, Trump vs. Biden on immigration: 12 charts comparing U.S. border security 2/12/24, Guardian, UK’s Rwanda bill ‘incompatible with human rights obligations’ 2/13/24, Voice of America, Afghan special migration to US hits record high 2/13/24, New Humanitarian, ‘When w ..read more
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Working with co-sponsors in New Bern (Part 3)
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
5d ago
This is Part 3 of a series of posts about community sponsorship as practiced by one of EMM’s affiliates, Interfaith Refugee Ministry, in New Bern, NC. Read Part 1 and Part 2.  Resettlement agencies want to have co-sponsors for many reasons, including to help clients get to know people and parts of the community beyond the agency itself. But how do they find potential partners?  How does an affiliate identify and recruit groups willing to serve as sponsors?  Under current federal rules, refugees with a U.S. tie must be resettled within 100 miles of an affiliate, and those withou ..read more
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News Digest: February 9, 2024
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
1w ago
Articles 1/24/24, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, This is our faith made visible: congregations welcoming migrants to Illinois 2/1/24, New York Times, History of failure on border policy hangs over current push in Congress 2/2/24, Washington Post, Texas border showdown is far-right magnet, hate trackers warn 2/2/24, CBS Boston, What’s behind the migrant surge in Massachusetts? Here’s one family’s terrifying journey from Haiti to Boston 2/5/24, WITF, Nonprofit brings loan program to Pennsylvania for immigrants who can’t afford legal assistance 2/6/24, New Humanitarian, Four months of war in Ga ..read more
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Wrangling with challenges in New Bern (Part 2)
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
1w ago
This is Part 2 of a series of posts about community sponsorship as practiced by one of EMM’s affiliates. Read Part 1.   Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM) has been resettling refugees in eastern North Carolina for over 30 years. Despite its strengths, IRM must also contend with challenges that resettlement agencies across the country face, in particular:  Significant fluctuations in refugee admissions and funding  The lack of affordable housing  To understand how these challenges impact organizations like IRM, we consider each in turn.  Challenge #1: fluctuation ..read more
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News Digest: February 2, 2024
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
2w ago
Articles 1/26/24, National Public Radio, Chance encounters: A young migrant takes a seat next to a NPR reporter 1/26/24, Atlantic Council, Experts react: What the International Court of Justice said (and didn’t say) in the genocide case against Israel 1/26/24, New York Times, What to know about the U.N. aid agency for Palestinians 1/26/24, Stateline, More states offer health care coverage for certain immigrants, noncitizens 1/28/24, New Yorker, “Do I have to come here injured or dead?” 1/29/24, Washington Post, Why countries are pulling funding from the U.N. agency for Palestinians 1/29/24 ..read more
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Essential partnerships: resettling refugees in New Bern, NC
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
2w ago
In our previous post in the “Voices of Welcome” series, we explained the principles of “community sponsorship.” To better understand how community sponsorships work, we need to consider the perspective of both professional staff and community volunteers. That’s what we will do in the next parts of this series, by diving into the partnership between one of EMM’s affiliate organizations and one of the community sponsor groups they work with. Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM) of New Bern, North Carolina has been resettling refugees for over 30 years. Given its history and location, it’s a p ..read more
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News Digest: January 26, 2024
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
3w ago
Articles 1/18/24, The Living Church, Bishops issue pastoral letter about Trump’s rhetoric 1/18/24, Associated Press, A last sticking point in border security negotiations is humanitarian parole. Here’s what that means 1/19/24, Washington Post, He grew up in a refugee camp. Now he’s on the rise with the USMNT. 1/19/24, Christian Science Monitor, Unpacking the debate over migrant work permits 1/19/24, Associated Press, Maine has a workforce shortage problem that it hopes to resolve with recently arrived immigrants 1/22/24, Arizona Public Media, Study finds Biden most active presidency on immig ..read more
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Voices of Welcome: Community Sponsorship 101
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
3w ago
Our  “Stories of Welcome” series began with an exploration of Remote Placement Community Partners (RPCPs). We continue with an “explainer” on community sponsorship. The most common way for people to engage in the work of welcoming refugees is often called “community sponsorship.” This refers to a partnership that is based on an explicit agreement between a resettlement organization and a community group, regarding which “core services” each entity will provide or ensure to specific refugees under the “Reception and Placement” program. In other words, community sponsors are groups of volun ..read more
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The Faces of My Brothers: The Artwork of José Luis Arias
Episcopal Migration Ministries
by Janet Morford
1M ago
Art and poetry stop us in our tracks. They make us look again, listen more closely, and reconsider what we think we know.  José Luis Arias paints portraits of migrants and murals of migration, aiming to do just that. Stop us in our tracks. Make us look again and listen more closely. Compel us to reconsider why people flee their homes and what this means for any of us who witness their search for safety.  Arias, born in Mexico in 1966, lives and works as an artist and teacher in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. His work has been featured in individual and group exhibitions in ..read more
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