In 2019, we saw a historic reduction to the US refugee resettlement program, and with numbers being slashed again to 18,000 in 2020, the new year looks to be no different. Despite these challenges, the IRC in LA has continued to serve hundreds of newly arrived refugees and immigrants in Los Angeles with programs that have helped them to rebuild, recover, and thrive in their new communties.
Here's a highlight of our accomplishments in 2019:
- In 2019, the IRC in LA welcomed over 175 refugees fleeing persecution and violence into their new homes and communities here in Los Angeles.
- Our immigration staff and team of citizenship instructors helped over 550 immigrants become new US citizens, achieving security, new civilian rights, and lifelong dreams for many.
- IRC's resident ESL and Civics instructor brought laughter, joy, and empowerment to over 120 refugees and immigrants through English language classes.
- Through our financial coaching program, the IRC in LA helped enrich the lives of over 60 immigrants by giving them the tools they need to financially succeed and thrive.
- And last, but not least, 72 children who were detained at the border have been reunified with their family members through our Unaccompanied Children program here in Los Angeles.
It's important to honor the accomplishments we have made, despite an administration that is actively working to dismantle the refugee resettlement program as we know it. Of course, our work would not be possible without the support of the community, donors, GenR members, interns and volunteers like you who ensure we are able to keep our doors open and continue welcoming refugees into the new year. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts at the IRC in LA, and we hope you'll renew your resolution to stand with refugees in 2020.