Six Ways for President Obama to Counter Congress’ Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Child Fervor

Let’s face it: it's not just the lack of compassion towards children at the border seeking asylum; the House of Representatives neglected its duty to provide leadership on immigration reform long ago....more

Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

Kjerstin Erickson is one of those "shiny" people who lights up a room. After meeting her at the Global Engagement Summer last spring, I knew I wanted to grab her for an interview before she became too famous. Erickson founded FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) in 2003 when she was a 20 year-old junior studying public policy at Stanford University. ...more

Today is World Refugee Day: Give Refugees a Hand

Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day, a day to raise awareness about refugees' rights, and to honor their experiences. Yesterday's Huffington Post article, 500,000 Iraqis Refugees in 2007, reported that, "A half-million Iraqis fled their embattled country in 2007, the third consecutive year more Iraqis were displaced than any other nationality " That's a statistic you don't often see in the news. ...more

Illuminee's Story

A few days ago I received the best news ever. Illuminee's book got published and I no longer need to queue up in the 'other.' Let me start from the beginning. Illuminee came to me for help through my role at Norwich Mind. She's a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and is now a refugee in the UK. She's a woman of strength and determination - motivated by one force, her love for her son, Roger. When I learned about what nightmares she had to endure in Rwanda, my heart bled for her. How does a human being overcome such tragedies without going completely mad and losing their spirit? ...more