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Empowering Other Refugees to Enjoy Good Health

Health care hits close to home for Janet Msinda, a USCRI North Carolina case manager who has been with USCRI since 2016. When Janet was 8 years old and living with her family in Kenya, she almost died from a water borne disease. “The doctor taught my mom how to prevent us from getting sick. […]

Home At Last!

Home at last! With a lot of persistence and a little luck, the USCRI North Carolina Neighbor Relief case manager helps immigrant family to end COVID-related homelessness. For immigrant families like the Jimenez family, the COVID pandemic brought with it a multitude of challenges. A few months after the pandemic started in 2020, Jose Jimenez […]

Congratulations to Monica on becoming a US Citizen!

Monica came to the United States as a young girl and obtained DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) when it became available. In February of 2016, she married her husband and they came to USCRI in March 2017 to petition for permanent residence status for Monica. That application was approved and Monica joyously received her […]

“I wanted a better future for my children. I had to make the decision.”

For Malicia, this past Valentine’s Day was bittersweet. She has fond memories of Valentines with her husband, Furaha: “He would always bring me a flower and take me out for dinner. And we would sit and remember our love.” But for now, they are separated by more than 7,000 miles and years’ worth of visa […]

“I just want to live in peace and study.” 

An interview with one of our newest neighbors. Rustom is a 27 year old who came to the U.S. from Iraq with the hope for “better opportunities and the feeling of peace.”  He has been living in Raleigh for 2 months now. The conditions around Rustom back in Iraq were very dangerous. He describes life […]

Building Bridges Through Art

A new USCRI art class is building community connections and nurturing creativity. The eight student artists range in age from 13 to 70 years old and come from all over the globe, including Syria, Turkey, Congo, and Burundi. Emma Caterinicchio volunteered to lead the class. Emma is a local musician and works as a grants […]

USCRI Statement on the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden

by Eskinder Negash The solemn pageantry of America’s presidential inaugurations celebrates our long history of democratic transitions following elections. Despite the events of January 6th, the will of the people through a free and fair election has been honored, and we will once again witness the peaceful transfer of power. Democracy is not an easy […]

Celebrating a First Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving has been a challenging time for many Americans. The staggering loss of human life due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the damage inflicted to our economy—all occurring within an especially divisive election year—have made this year’s collective expression of giving thanks all the more important. USCRI expressed its gratitude to the people we […]

USCRI Board Member Linda Thomas-Greenfield Appointed As Our Next U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

USCRI would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to our board member, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on her appointment to become the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President-Elect Joe Biden. USCRI has been honored to have Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield serve on our Board following her long and distinguished career in public service. Her […]

USCRI Expands Work to Mexico in Partnership with Habesha Project

  ARLINGTON, VA—Today, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants announced its new office that brings critical legal assistance to migrants in the San Diego-Tijuana region. USCRI staff will work on both sides of the US-Mexico border, in partnership with Mexico’s Habesha Project. USCRI’s office will focus on legal aid to help migrants in claims […]