Today I went with my supervisor on a home visit. It was only her second time meeting with the family, but last time she was there, the little girl refused to come out of her room and talk, so she asked me to come along and give it a shot. The house was on the north side of the city and looked extremely run down from the outside. Apparently the north side used to be mostly Italian and Polish immigrants, but in recent years has become quite impoverished and now is where much of the city’s refugee resettlement occurs. It’s not regarded as a very safe area either. As we drove, my supervisor said, “if you ever have a client here, please don’t come after dark.” That makes me sad, especially because 5 minutes away, we’re all comfortable in our fancy private university up on the hill.

The inside of the house was so charming and cozy. The walls were covered in dream catchers and hanging fleece blankets (which were definitely a unique design choice) but it felt homey and I could tell they felt good there. There were so many magnets on the fridge, I don’t think there was a centimeter of free space.

The girl is 12 years old and hardly leaves her room. She has a physical disability, but was also deeply affected by the death of her 15-year-old sister a couple of years prior. There is currently a CPS investigation on the family because this little girl will not attend school anymore, and that’s how we got called in. The mother was kind and genuine, and seemed much more invested in her kid than other parents I’ve worked with. She did some paperwork with my supervisor while I sat on the floor outside the girl’s room and talked to her through the door.

I asked her what she did in there all day and she told me she paints. I told her that I painted too—that I wasn’t very good, but it was relaxing, so I did it anyway. She laughed at me a little. I asked her if she had art class in school and she said yes, but she doesn’t like to go because if the art teacher saw how good she was, they’d make her teach the class and she’s too shy to teach the class. I told her I’d love to see her paintings one day and she said she doesn’t like when other people see her paintings.

What do you paint?

Whatever won’t get out of my head

It’s scary to show people art that’s really personal

She slid a piece of paper under the door. It was a collection of brightly colored hearts and squiggles and some flowers; it was much more cheerful than I expected. I told her it was beautiful and she slid another paper under the door. It said “TWILIGHT” in capital letters and surrounding it had all the names of the characters from the books. Edward was underlined. Are you Team Edward? I asked. She opened the door a crack and let me in.

Her walls were covered floor to ceiling in her paintings. One particularly struck me. It was drawn in pencil and when I asked her what it was she said, a girl stuck in a mirror. I asked her if she felt stuck. She said she feels stuck in her room. I don’t really like to come out of here. We sat on the floor and talked about that. We talked about school and why she doesn’t want to go. She said there’s too many bad kids and she never gets to learn because the teachers are always yelling at the bad kids. She said she has no friends because she doesn’t really like to socialize.

Every time you make a friend, they never stay in your life forever, so what’s the point of having them?

It sounds like that has happened to you before.

It happens to me all the time.

She kept fidgeting with this weird doll. It was dirty and torn and looked like it was for someone much younger than her, but I could tell it brought her comfort anyway. I wanted to ask her about it, but I didn’t. There were those glow-in-the-dark stars stuck all over the back of her door and ceiling. I pointed at them and said I loved them.

My name means “star” in Spanish. That’s why I like them a lot.


You said it right. She smiled. Nobody ever says it right.
The government just quietly banned disabled child refugees from Britain
The Government has stopped accepting disabled child refugees fleeing war in Syria and other countries because it says it cannot cope with their needs, The Independent can reveal. A flagship government programme to resettle the most vulnerable victims of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa has been partially suspended, meaning children will be left in refugee camps instead of being moved to safety in the UK.

The Tories always manage to find a new low to sink to. But then they don’t care about disabled people anywhere. 

As many of you already know, it’s really looking bad in Aleppo right now. Here’s some recommendations for charities serving refugees or offering humanitarian aid for civilians caught in the Syrian Civil War.

  • *TULIP for Syria Relief* specializes in providing short-term life-saving emergency relief for Syrians in the country or on the Syrian-Turkish border
  • *Helping Hand for Relief and Development* specializes in providing global humanitarian relief in Syria, Burma, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Haiti, Mexico and many other countries
  • *International Rescue Committee* specializes in global humanitarian aid and development
  • *Islamic Relief* specializes in providing international humanitarian relief. They provided 40,000 gallons of clean water to Flint, Michigan recently
  • *Karam Foundation* specializes in education services for Syrian children resettled in Turkey & currently raising funds to rebuild schools in Syria
  • *Mercy Corps* specializes in global humanitarian aid. Currently serving displaced Syrian families with immediate needs for food, water and shelter
  • *Sunrise USA* specializes in providing emergency relief, trauma-care and orphan sponsorships
  • *Limbs for Life Foundation* specializes in providing prosthetic limbs to amputees in Syria and other countries like Nigeria and Mongolia
  • *NuDay Syria* my friend’s mother created this org. Provides humanitarian, education and financial services to Syrian women and children
  • *Hand in Hand for Syria* - works inside Syria, taking emergency humanitarian aid to the people in most desperate need. 

— Sarah Harvard, Identities Mic writer

Justin Trudeau takes a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban

  • President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees is debuting with a lot of criticism — particularly because it discriminates on the basis of religion. 
  • As a result, world leaders are responding with pledges to step up with initiatives to resettle refugees, while reiterating their countries’ commitment to take in refugees from around the globe no matter their faith.
  • The first response came from right on the United States’ northern border: Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau took to Twitter Saturday afternoon and said Canada would not be discriminating on the basis of a refugee’s religion. Read more.

President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive action expected to halt — at least temporarily — the resettlement of refugees in the US, as well as issuing of visas for travelers from several Muslim-majority nations.

The move apparently ushers in his campaign promises of “extreme vetting” and barring some people from entering the US based on their religion.

The White House did not immediately release the exact text of what Trump signed. But details of the executive action are based on the reporting of multiple news organizations.

Trump said he is establishing “new vetting measures” to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the US. “We don’t want them here,” he added.

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One day after President Trump signed an executive order halting the admittance of all refugees to the United States, and temporarily freezing immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, the effects of that freeze are already beginning to be seen at airports both in the U.S. and abroad.

Confusion and chaos are roiling international airports, where refugees from those countries are being barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Several Iraqi refugees in Cairo, who had been cleared for resettlement in the U.S., have been blocked from boarding their flight to New York City. And in Iraq, NPR’s Jane Arraf reports that “members of Yazidi minority, one of the biggest victims of ISIS, were prevented from boarding despite having visas.”

Green card holders — legal permanent residents of the U.S. — are also included in the ban, according to a senior Trump administration official. The official says they will need a case-by-case waiver in order to return to the U.S. if they are currently outside the country.

At major U.S. airports, NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports international refugee assistance groups are sending attorneys and translators to support new arrivals who are being detained.

Colleges and universities around the U.S. have been advising students from the seven listed countries — including lawful permanent residents — not to leave the U.S. until there is further clarity on the new rules. Students at Princeton, Stanford and Chapman University, among others, reported letters from their respective schools recommending caution.

Protesters have been rallying outside Kennedy International Airport to protest Trump’s executive order on Saturday. New York City officials and immigrant advocates are holding are also holding a vigil at the airport Saturday evening.

Arrivals To U.S. Blocked And Detained As Trump’s Immigration Freeze Sets In

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‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 members wrote an open letter to Trump denouncing the Muslim ban

  • Sixty-six members from current and past Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists, an annual list of influential entrepreneurs and game changers under the age of 30, signed an open letter addressed to Trump condemning his latest Muslim travel ban.
  • The letter, obtained by Mic, called Trump’s executive order on immigration "unjustified, illogical and discriminatory.“
  • "We view this executive order as unjustified, illogical and discriminatory — it targets minorities, immigrants and Muslims,” the letter read. “We fear that these actions put our peaceful future in jeopardy.”
  • “We come from many countries, faiths and backgrounds. Many of us are American. Some of us are immigrants who travelled across the globe to resettle in America for a better future, and to have equal rights. Some of us are citizens of other nations speaking up because know that the U.S. has a crucial role to play as a global leader on human rights.” Read more (3/9/17 1:21 PM)

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Democratic lawmakers hosted a rally tonight outside of the Supreme Court to protest President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration.

At the State Department, employees have been expressing concern via an official dissent channel about the Trump administration’s temporary visa and refugee ban.

Refugee advocates and resettlement groups spent a chaotic weekend struggling to adapt on the fly, with families in the air and no official guidance on President Trump’s executive order that bans refugees from around the world.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in, too, criticizing President Trump’s immigration and travel ban issued on Friday, saying through a spokesman that he is “heartened by the level of engagement” over the weekend in opposition to the action.

And tonight, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Trump’s executive order restricting travel and immigration from many Muslim-majority countries, telling them she is not convinced it is lawful.

Photos: Claire Harbage/NPR


Refugees in the US are now fleeing to Canada

  • After escaping from their home countries, refugees in the U.S. are now fleeing to Canada to get away from Trump, and the country’s xenophobia, Al Jazeera reports.
  • Farhan Ahmed, 36, and Mohamed Mualim, 28, are both Somali refugees. On Feb. 3, after trekking through knee-deep snow fields of North Dakota for five hours to cross the Canadian border, the duo arrived in Canada and subsequently filed for asylum. 
  • Ahmed told Al Jazeera the impetus for flocking to Canada was mainly due to Trump and his executive order banning refugees for 120 days and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Somalia.
  • Ahmed and Mualim are just two people out of dozens the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council have helped with resettling into Canada. Read more (2/13/17 2:03 PM)

Please share with anyone who may need this information.
If you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.
If you do plan to travel back to the US, you should fill out a USCIS G-28 form first that officially appoints an attorney to represent you in immigration situations and have that completed form with you as you board your flight.
The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely.
Other info:
If you are non-citizen, even green card holder (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named, and you are ALREADY INSIDE the U.S., plan to DELAY all international travel for at least 90 days.
If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named, and you are OUTSIDE of the U.S., you will face issues at the airport upon attempting to re-enter the US.
Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are returning to the US in the coming days, please have our numbers on hand (CAIR National: 202.488.8787)
Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should consult with an attorney before speaking to them. Get copies of business cards of all law enforcement officials. [EK edit: IF YOU CAN. This is not an option for many]
-From the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network


These farms are helping refugees plant the seeds of a new life in America 

Since 2010, two years after emigrating to the United States from Bhutan, Rita Neopaney, has been tending her plot on what she calls a “culturally significant community garden.” She and some 100 other refugees are part of New Farms for New Americans, a program started by AALV, a Burlington, Vermont, based social services organization for immigrants and refugees. The program is one among several around the country using farms, community gardens and fresh food to help new immigrants resettle and integrate into their new communities.

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“The Modern State of Turkey is very diverse ^_^ “

ya and it used to be even more so before the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek genocides, the rise of Turkish nationalism, the depopulation & resettlement of Armenian and Kurdish villages, forcible resettlement of ethnic Greeks as well as pogroms to drive them out of Istanbul, and the exorbitant taxes forced on its minority populations to the point where many fled the country. Like…Turkey largely participated in population control tactics to ensure Turkish majority, it expanded its borders via ethnic cleansing and forced resettlement, and it purposely excluded many of its minority populations from its national identity.  So idk what you’re trying to get at by claiming Turkey is a diverse country, and idk what that has to do with whether or not you can compare the country’s history to Israel’s or not.  The point is, if you’re willing to go easy on Turkey like “ah well, they expanded their borders some, sure, but ya know they’re really diverse :3 “ but refuse to recognize Israel in any shape or form (especially when the majority of Turkey’s Jewish community emigrated to Israel as a result of oppression by the state), then it looks to me like your problem isn’t really with ethnic cleansing and violent oppression.  

Where You Belong

Summary: Big changes are made up of little ones. G-rated CS fluff and feels around Killian moving in. 1500 words.

Long after the dust of the day had settled, after the bodies had been taken away and the deck cleaned, after Belle had been resettled at Granny’s for the night – after all of that had been dealt with and darkness had fallen, Killian heaved the chest onto his shoulder and climbed the stairs.

Emma opened the front door. Light spilled out onto the porch, along with faint music and the smell of food.

“My parents left a casserole,” Emma said. “Several, in fact. Also a lot of fruit. I get the feeling that my dad is terrified we’re going to starve now that they’re an entire half mile away.”

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“Turn over,” Malfoy said without moving. “We can put our backs to each other. That ought to suffice for contact.”

Harry thought about asking Malfoy to swap sides with him—he normally slept on his right side and lying with his back to Malfoy would put him on his left—but in the end he didn’t say anything, just turned obediently over and scooted back, and his arse bumped against Malfoy’s. Malfoy quickly shifted away, resettling himself so that their backs pressed together and there was space between the rest of them. Harry wanted to pull the pillow over his head and smother himself with it, because his arse had just touched Malfoy’s arse. Touching of arses had just occurred, and worse, Harry’s stupid brain refused to stop replaying how it had felt warm and surprisingly soft against his own, and now he was thinking about touching Malfoy’s arse with his hands and oh god that was worse.

“Nngggh,” Harry said and clasped a hand over his face as a wave of cringey shame washed over him.

Malfoy shifted around again, the warmth of his back against Harry’s disappearing for a moment before he settled against him again. “Are you quite all right over there?”

“Fine,” Harry said, and was pleased by how totally and completely normal his voice sounded. “I’m fine.”

It had only been surprise, he decided. Because Malfoy’s arse was warm and soft while the rest of him was sharp and bony and cold. That’s all it was. Harry was just caught off guard by how touchable Malfoy’s arse felt.

Wait. No. That wasn’t—

Except oh god it was.

Nngggh,” Harry said again, this time with feeling.

This was a promise to the Israelites before they were forced to leave their country to resettle in Babylon. In one of the lowest points in their history, God told them he had a plan and and reminded them that their greatest treasure was Him.

God could have destroyed the Babylonians in an unmistakable display of his power and might. But instead he chose to demonstrate his faithfulness to his people and to use a trial to refine his people and make them holy.

Think about the history of Israel. The Hebrews have been enslaved, removed from their homeland forcefully, engaged in multiple wars, conquered by multiple kingdoms, scattered across the earth, and rounded up and sent to death camps. Yet God always brings them home.

Whatever struggle you are in, hold fast to this verse.

God will bring you home.