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The U.S. refugee vetting and resettlement process is lengthy, complex and not widely understood. In most cases, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) first determines who is eligible for resettlement. That process is detailed here. “A minority of refugees considered for resettlement in the U.S. enter our program through direct applications, often through family members […] Read More

The U.S. Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) and BeFree Textline (Text HELP to 233733) received a record number of contacts in 2016. Total calls and texts have more than doubled in the last four years – moving from 3,409 (2012) to 8,042 (2016) – with a 24 percent increase taking place from 2015 to 2016, according […] Read More

The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security has declined over the past 10 months, according to the Pew Research Center. More than half (55 percent) of respondents in April 2016 labeled refugees leaving Iraq and Syria in large numbers as “a major threat” to U.S. security. By January […] Read More

The significant impact of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in addressing U.S. homelessness is often overlooked, according to a new report from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies in Religion. The report, “Assessing the Faith-Based Response to Homelessness in America,” seeks to address a lack of research on the role of faith-based responses to homelessness. “We have a […] Read More

Evangelical, Catholic and Mainline Protestant organizations have called for support of the bipartisan BRIDGE Act, a congressional bill intended to safeguard from deportation undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. “I do not believe we should pull the rug out and push these young men and women – who came out of the […] Read More

Faith-based organizations play a vital role in refugee resettlement. The U.S. State Department assigns refugees admitted to the U.S. to one of nine organizations that assist them in the resettlement process. Six of these are faith-based groups: Church World Service (CWS), Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), the U.S. Conference of […] Read More

In the aftermath of storms that swept the southeastern U.S., the national Woman’s Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation have awarded a $5,000 grant from the Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow (HEART) Fund to assist international students and the children of missionaries attending William Carey University in Mississippi. “My first thought after witnessing the […] Read More

Houston hosts Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5 – and with the event comes heightened attention to human trafficking, and sex trafficking in particular. Minal Patel Davis, special adviser on human trafficking to the mayor of Houston, told in a video interview that Houston is fielding increased inquiries on the topic because of the […] Read More

Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which to unite amid a polarized political climate: human trafficking. A bipartisan group of legislators gathered on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Texas Capitol for a press conference at which they committed to end human trafficking. Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) cited a newly released trafficking study estimating […] Read More

A desire to read the Bible more is a consistent desire of U.S. adults, according to the Barna Group. The percentage of U.S. adults who would like to read their Bible more has been consistent for the last five years – moving from 60 percent (2012) to 62 percent (2014) to 61 percent (2016). While […] Read More