10 questions for Burma human rights activist Bo Kyi
by Alex Stonehill
Bo Kyi, a renowned Burmese human rights activist, was in town last week on a speaking tour to raise awareness of the changing situation in Burma, and to help promote the new film Into the Current. Bo Kyi and filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy chose Seattle as a stop on their six city US tour for good […]
Mar 20, 2012
Controversial ad campaign claims Sea-Tac workers are paid poverty wages
by Allison Barrett
As your plane lifts off from Sea-Tac, you might be fantasizing about the sunny vacation destination that awaits, or preparing for the big business meeting on the other end of your flight. You’re probably not thinking about the thousands of employees who helped get you in the air, but stayed behind back at the airport. […]
Apr 24, 2012
Rose-Avila named director of Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
by Allison Barrett
Immigration advocate and former director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Magdaleno Rose-Avila, was named director of the Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) this week. Rose-Avila grew up in a Mexican-American farm worker community in Colorado, and has a long history of organizing for progressive causes. He’s worked for the United Farm Workers, the Peace Corps, Amnesty […]
May 23, 2012
New citizens celebrate Flag Day as Obama promises to end youth deportation
by Sara McCaslin
Refugee and immigrant community organizers gathered in the country’s most diverse neighborhood, on Wednesday to redefine how Seattleites celebrate Flag Day. Immigrant rights organization OneAmerica put together the event in a Columbia City park to provide citizenship information, voter registration and other resources to new immigrants and refugees. Organizers said they hoped to revive the marginal holiday, which […]
Jun 15, 2012
World Refugee Day hits home in Kent
by Allison Int-Hout
When 19-year-old Yashoda Khanal moved to Kent with her family almost three years ago, the thing that shocked her most on her first day at Kent-Meridian High School were the floors. The white linoleum floors in the cafeteria and the sprawling carpet in the classrooms were unfamiliar. Khanal was accustomed to mud floors lined with […]
Jun 20, 2012
Waiting for Assad’s fall, record numbers of Syrians flee to Jordan
by Joseph Mayton
ZAATARI, Jordan–As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their homes during dangerously cold winter months. There are roughly 60,000 Syrians in the Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps that sits just across the Jordanian border. According to a recent […]
Dec 11, 2012
Syria’s lost generation: a glimpse of growing up refugee in Lebanon
by Karin Huster
A Seattle based volunteer appeals for aid to a Syrian refugees.
Mar 5, 2014
Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry
by Gennie Gebhart
Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
Somali protestors demand teacher resign over Mohammed cartoons
by Alex Garland
Refugee Women's Alliance has come under fire after a teacher showed Charlie Hebdo cartoons to a group of Somali youth.
Feb 1, 2015
Grassroots gathering to explore bringing Syrian refugees to Seattle
by Venice Buhain
Worldwide focus on the Syrian refugee crisis grew this week, as pictures emerged of a Syrian toddler who drowned while his family tried to reach Greece.
Sep 3, 2015
Could Syrian refugees resettle in Seattle? New group explores ideas
by Alex Garland
Dozens of Seattle-area residents gathered over the weekend to explore increasing the number of Syrian refugees who can resettle in Washington state.
Sep 8, 2015
Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees
by Ceren Sehirlioglu
When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
Inslee: Washington open to Syrian refugees
by Venice Buhain
Gov. Jay Inslee vowed to keep Washington state open to receiving Syrian refugees, even as more than 20 governors throughout the U.S. vowed to keep them out.
Nov 16, 2015
U.S. House votes to suspend Syrian refugee program, step up screening
The Republican-backed legislation would suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees next year and intensify screening measures for refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Nov 19, 2015
An immigrant “comes out” as a refugee
by Irina Vodonos
The recent U.S. backlash against Syrian refugees has convinced writer Irina Vodonos to talk openly about coming to United States as a refugee.
Dec 10, 2015
How to be more like Canada: upcoming events on bringing refugees to Seattle
by Forrest Baum
So, wanna be like Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Two upcoming Seattle events will discuss how to welcome refugees to the state.
Dec 16, 2015
Keeping the door open for refugees
by Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission
Seattle should lead by example and remain a city open to refugees.
Mar 2, 2016
Threats to close world’s largest refugee camp echo in Seattle
by Sarah Stuteville
In the wake of terrorist attacks, Kenya is threatening to close Dadaab refugee camp. That has Seattle-area refugees worried about family still living there.
May 13, 2016
Once just a transit point, Mexico becoming home to refugees
by Global Press News Service
For some people seeking refuge or asylum from their countries of origin, Mexico has become not just a stop on the way to the U.S., but a permanent home.
May 24, 2016