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Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

How We Talk About "Climate Refugees" and Why It's Complicated

Ellen Bechtel | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Ellen Bechtel

The most important thing to do now is to notice, question, and change they way we talk about environmental migrants.

Standing With the People of Syria

Christian Fuchs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

Our priority is to promote diplomatic efforts and to apply pressure on the Syrian government and opposition groups to agree upon an immediate ceasefire and to reach a negotiated solution.

It's Time to Assist Our Syrian Brothers and Sisters

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

History has shown us that instability leads to long periods of extremism and violence that affect the global community. This is a lesson the world should have learned over and over again, yet never seems to take to heart.

Interview With Don Lao, Author of I Became the Boat People

Audrey Wang | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Audrey Wang

This week, we spoke with Don Lao, who recently published his memoir, I Became the Boat People: A Refugee's Path to America. The autobiography recounts the turbulent events in 20th-century Southeast Asia and Lao's growing up in a large, entrepreneurial family in Vietnam.

IKEA Tackling Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact

IKEA is popping up in an unlikely location: a refugee camp on the savanna of Ethiopia. As part of an initiative to house Somali refugees, IKEA is ...

One Syrian Refugee Girl's Hope

CARE | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
CARE

I remember this time last year well. I was in Syria, and I was happy. This might sound strange, I know. How can anyone be happy when bombs are falling around you, and you're fearful for your life?

Launch a Missile, Save a Refugee

Jim Moore | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Serious doubts about U.S. action in Syria are surfacing all over editorial pages, social media, across the aisles of both chambers of Congress, throughout the nation, and around the world. If I were a headline writer, I'd have "It's a Mess" printed in the largest possible type.

LOOK: Heartbreaking Yet Uplifting Photos Of Refugees Celebrating Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion

The pain of being a refugee is keenly felt during Ramadan, a time when families come together to celebrate the Muslim holy month of fasting. The UN Re...

My American Beginning: Learning a New Language, Seeing A Future

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Andrew Lam

Back then I thought English was a rather terse and ugly-sounding language -- you don't have to say much to get your points across, but speak it too long you risk hurting your throat. In America that fear became true.

Youth Can Move the World: Just Ask Uncle Kracker

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm a new fan of Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, stars in his latest video, "Blue Skies". I can't separate little Iman from his roots as his father, Faryab Lohrasbi, arrived in America in 1980, as a refugee, when he was just a couple years older than his son is now.

Detroit Refugee

Tonya Mosley-Benjamin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Detroit
Tonya Mosley-Benjamin

One part of my blueprint however, always stayed the same. After traveling the world I'd ultimately settle down in my hometown. But what do you do when the place you planned your dreams around no longer exists? What do you do when you're from Detroit?

Freedom Is Only Half the Battle

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Kristin Wright

In a moment the family appears, walking off the plane, smiling but tired faces, exhausted from days of travel. The mother is holding the sleeping 1-year-old and the father tests out a few newly-learned English phrases while the daughter immediately tries on her new pink puff coat.

On World Refugee Day, Syria Is Calling, But Is It Loud Enough?

CARE | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
CARE

Several of my relatives lost their lives. Homes and businesses of relatives were destroyed. These are some examples of how one family −- my family -- is being affected.

Wrapped in Solidarity: The Maisha Collective

Heshima Kenya | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Heshima Kenya

Joyful. Luminous. Radiant. Distinguished. Vivacious. Such adjectives describe every Maisha collective scarf, outshone only by the story -- and the woman -- behind it.

Motherhood: Making a Positive Difference in the World

Heshima Kenya | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Heshima Kenya

There are currently over 600,000 refugees in Kenya's refugee camps, many of whom are unaccompanied, orphaned and separated refugee girls and single young women without family members.

Sarah Costa | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We need to be sure women and girls are safe whether they are caught in the first stages of a crisis or in a long-term refugee situation, whether they are living in a refugee camp or in an urban setting.

Colombia: Seeking A Peaceful Future (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2013-02-21-fuchscolombia.jpgColombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of a 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.

The Art of Losing

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

Perhaps I was destined to grow into an expert -- an expert of loss. Perhaps that is why I even managed to lose, at such a tender age, something that another human being found unforgettable, so much so, that she kept it to her breast.

Hats Off to the Aid Workers

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

It is these workers who not only breathe life back into the bereft genocide survivor, but who also help that survivor re-ignite her own spark.

'Shh-Thanks-Givin': My First Thanksgiving in America -- A Former Refugee Remembers

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

We had arrived in America with nothing but rags in our backpacks and a few ounces of gold that my mother had tucked into her money belt. An impoverished aunt took us all in. Soon there were 10 people crowding together in Auntie Lisa's tiny two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

Letting Girls Be Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

International Day of the Girl is a day to recognize the rights of girls and to reflect on the unique hardships many of them face. It's also a day to honor their resilience and their capacity -- if given the right opportunities -- to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Reflections On The Vietnamese Diaspora

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.29.2012 | Travel
Andrew Lam

Eight years a PBS film crew in a TV series called "My Journey Home" followed me back to Vietnam, and in Dalat, a small city on a high plateau full of pine trees and waterfalls and pristine lakes, they coaxed me into revisiting my childhood home. The quaint pinkish villa on top of a hill was by then abandoned, its garden overrun with elephant grass and wildflowers.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.