storytelling-seattle

You could shine at our Sept. 14 storytelling event

Have a South Seattle story to share about "finding home" or want to hear some? Learn more about our Sept. 14 storytelling event: bit.do/SouthEnd.
Jul 19, 2016
Meqdam "Mike" Almaroof (Photo by Rachel Anne Seymour / JFS)

Helping highly skilled refugees find their niche in Seattle

More skilled refugees are arriving in our state. But they say cultural barriers keep them out of white-collar jobs that could use their talents.
Jul 14, 2016
SAFE officer Teddy Namirimu and Barnabas Bwambare, of Adapt+ Limited, inspect freshly-made briquettes. (Photo  by Edna Namara, GPJ Uganda)

Uganda green energy program also keeps refugee women safe from assault

A program that produces energy-saving stoves could keep girls and women safe and has possible benefits to the environment and fighting hunger.
Jun 2, 2016
Viljean Celian (left), 33, repairs bicycles at Quiquica, a workshop that trains and employs migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in Mexico City. He is seen here with Luz Abril Reza López, the coordinator of Quiquica.
(Photo by Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico, for Global Press News Service.)

Once just a transit point, Mexico becoming home to refugees

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
People waiting outside of an aid distribution center at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. (Photo from Flickr by Riyaad Minty)

Threats to close world’s largest refugee camp echo in Seattle

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
A Turkish Coast Guard fast rigid-hulled inflatable boat tows a dinghy filled with refugees and migrants in the Turkish territorial waters of the North Aegean Sea, following a failed attempt of crossing to the Greek island of Chios, off the shores of Izmir, Turkey, February 28,  2016. Picture taken February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Migrant smugglers offer passage to Italy after Turkey deal to shut route to Greece

After Turkey struck an agreement with the EU to return migrants and refugees who cross illegally to Greece, smugglers started offering trips to Italy.
Apr 1, 2016
Refugees, immigrants, advocates and service providers rally on the Olympia capitol steps during the annual Refugee and Immigrant Legislative Day in 2015. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Keeping the door open for refugees

Seattle should lead by example and remain a city open to refugees.
Mar 2, 2016
A student at Hoa Mai Vietnamese Bilingual School. (Photo by Christina Twu)

Why it’s important to honor home languages in schools

A new "Speak Your Language" campaign is encouraging schools and parents to preserve home language.
Feb 16, 2016
Qahtan Al Nidaw, a 64-year-old refugee and former news cameraman from Iraq, learns how to type on a computer. While he's an experienced cameraman, he's unfamiliar with using a computer. (Photo by Jane Koh)

Refugees find connections in Highline College ESL class

Finding relief and shelter in the U.S. are only the first challenges for refugees. Many also must tackle the language barrier.
Jan 14, 2016
One of Hamza Warsame's older sisters, Ikram Warsame, at a Dec. 10 rally in front of Seattle Central College. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

A true terrorist threat: Hostility towards young Muslim Americans

A young Muslim American breaks down how hostility towards her peers hurts everyone.
Jan 12, 2016
South Vietnamese refugees evacuated on a U.S. Navy vessel during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Thousands of refugees were resettled in the United States. (Photo via U.S. Marines)

Vietnamese refugees’ success story proves we can help Syrians

The Vietnamese Friendship Association, founded to help resettle refugees in the 1970’s, says they're ready to help a new wave from Syria.
Nov 25, 2015
Deepa Iyer will be speaking at Town Hall on Dec. 1. (Photo by Les Talusan Photography)

Deepa Iyer: Multiracial work can dismantle racism, Islamophobia

Deepa Iyer tackles the U.S.'s deepest racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia with our greatest asset: a multiracial nation.
Nov 24, 2015
Clinical director Andrew Kritovich, background, celebrates at the grand opening of the International Counseling and Community Services' new facility in Kent. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Counseling service for refugees expands to Kent

International Counseling and Community Services, which specializes in mental health care for refugees, has opened a new office in Kent.
Nov 23, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington November 19, 2015.  Photo by Gary Cameron for Reuters)

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
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Inslee: Washington open to Syrian refugees

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
Supporters celebrate as they watch official results from the election in front of the National League for Democracy Party (NLD) head office in Yangon. (Photo by REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Why Seattle refugees aren’t all thrilled about the historic election in Burma

What does Seattle’s Burmese refugee population think about dramatic election results last week?
Nov 15, 2015
Travellers believed to be migrants coming from Hungary enter a train to Germany at the railway station in Vienna, Austria, August 31, 2015. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger for Reuters)

Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks

European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration — much of it from Syria — as thousands make their way to Germany.
Aug 31, 2015
A police officer beats back migrants trying to enter into Macedonia from Greece. (Photo from REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis)

Let them drown: Cowardly responses to the European refugee crisis

European leaders are turning their backs on what may be the defining crisis of our generation.
Aug 27, 2015
Sahra Farah, Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Sahra Farah

A Somali American pioneer challenges her community
Apr 16, 2015
Khagindra Rijal shares his experiences living as a Bhatanese refugee in Nepal. (Photo by Megan Herndon)

Seattle refugee teens share their wisdom with the world

A "Refugee Story Circle" video chat connected young Seattle refugees with Brazil, Qatar and beyond to share their stories of finding a new home.
Mar 17, 2015