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The Unexpected Journey

I was born in a tucked away town called Malakal in South Sudan, on the west banks of the Nile. My mother was a school teacher who taught Arabic to primary school children and adults alike. She also worked as a lead coordinator of logistics for the United Nations and

“We haven’t told our kids he’s in jail.”

Eleven months ago Alexey Kharis went to DHS in San Francisco to receive the verdict on his appeal for political asylum. Then he was arrested and thrown into detention. This is his wife Anna’s story. (Part 2 of 2) I met my Alexey in 2007 when I was in

In Lament for Zeresenay

*Zeresenay Esmias Testfatsion fled his home country of Eritrea to seek asylum in the U.S., arriving in January 2017. Conditions in Eritrea are deplorable. In 2017, the U.N. recommended publicly that the President of Eritrea be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Zeresenay’s

What You Need To Know About #WhereAreTheChildren

The separation of families and the government “losing track” of immigrant children are two separate issues but part of the same problem: our broken immigration system. Recently, two concerning stories about immigrants have been getting attention: one, that the federal government has lost track of almost 1,500 immigrant children;

Putting Ourselves In The Shoes Of Asylum Seekers

A former child refugee reflects on how she pays it forward and invites us to rethink our perspectives on migration *“Days, weeks, a month, hand in hand.* We go sick, without eating, without drinking, without sleeping, Or when we speak, we do so crying, Because there is nothing left for

“ICE, deport me or release me from detention”

Muniru has been stuck in detention for over 9 months since signing his own deportation order Photo Credit: Noah Silliman on Unsplash I, Muniru, a citizen of Ghana by birth and nationality, was born in Accra in January of 1993. My mum passed away when I was very young. I