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What standing with refugees looks like

One year into his presidency Donald Trump is still trying to slam the doors on refugees. But it's not too late—everyone can help refugees by welcoming them as new and valuable members of American society. Here's how.

  • Despite attempts to slam the door on them, refugees arriving at America's airports have been receiving a warm welcome from their new neighbors. Here, IRC volunteers, staff and community members greet the Sadiq family from Pakistan at Washington Dulles International Airport. Photo: Sarah Stacke/IRC

     

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  • For most refugees, learning English is an important first step to building a new life in the U.S. Here, Nestorine Lakas, who fled violence in the Central African Republic, gets help from volunteer ESL teacher Jan Sanders at the IRC office in Atlanta. Photo: Evelyne Hockstein/UNHCR

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  • Volunteers also play an important role in helping refugees acclimate to their new commiunities. It was through a mentorship program run by the IRC in Boise that the Balubwila family from Kenya was introduced to the Nash family—their first friends in America. Photo: Jonathan McBride/IRC 

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  • Businesses across the U.S. are hiring refugees, finding that they are some of their best employees. Here, Ahmed Baiy, an engineer from Iraq who resettled in Maryland with his family, prepares for a job interview with an insurance company. Photo: Charlie Bibby/FT

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  • Americans have been giving generously to organizations that assist refugees.Their donations have helped the IRC support courageous people like Klaw Htoo from Myanmar, who is building a new life for her daughters Gloria and Sophia in Atlanta. Photo: Evelyne Hockstein/UNHCR

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  • People across the country came out in force to protest when President Trump signed his travel ban order on January, 27 2017, stranding refugees and other travelers at airports. One year later, things have only gotten worse for refugees. Here's how you can stand with the banned.  Photo: Andrew Oberstadt.

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