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Stories of Welcome: A mentor becomes a friend

When Robert Sebatware met Dave Kurz, he and his wife had just arrived in the U.S. as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Robert hoped his new friend, an IRC staff member, could mentor him in the ways of America. Years later, Robert is the one helping newcomers to America and the two men and their families have developed a bond that goes beyond friendship. “They are now my family,” Robert says of Dave and his wife.

The IRC’s “Stories of Welcome” series showcases the growing bonds between refugees and their new American friends. But even as these transformative friendships are taking root, the Trump Administration has shut the door on refugees and is threatening America’s legacy of welcome. Explore more of these moving stories