Somali American protestors gathered outside the offices of the nonprofit Refugee Women's Alliance on January 30th. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Somali protestors demand teacher resign over Mohammed cartoons

Refugee Women's Alliance has come under fire after a teacher showed Charlie Hebdo cartoons to a group of Somali youth.
Feb 1, 2015
A family at a refugee camp in Thailand, where there are still 150,000 UN-recognized refugees unable to return home to Burma. (Photo by Mikhail Esteves)

Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry

Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
Bekaa Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon. (Photo by Karin Huster)

Syria’s lost generation: a glimpse of growing up refugee in Lebanon

A Seattle based volunteer appeals for aid to a Syrian refugees.
Mar 5, 2014

Waiting for Assad’s fall, record numbers of Syrians flee to Jordan

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

World Refugee Day hits home in Kent

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

New citizens celebrate Flag Day as Obama promises to end youth deportation

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

Rose-Avila named director of Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

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

Controversial ad campaign claims Sea-Tac workers are paid poverty wages

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

10 questions for Burma human rights activist Bo Kyi

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