IRIS in the News

Select Print and Television News Reports About IRIS and Refugee Resettlement, 2015 – Present

 

October 2017

The Arts Paper – In Small Quarters, A Business Takes Off

Middletown Press – Middletown Rotary to host performance on refugees

September 2017

San Francisco Chronicle – Syrian family finds refuge in Waterbury

Hartford Courant – Connecticut’s Refugee Organizations Say Trump’s New Refugee Cap Is ‘Shameful’

The Quinnipiac Chronicle – A new haven for immigrants

Yale Daily News – IRIS puts up refugee exhibition  

Danbury NewsTimes – Volunteers welcome at upcoming Danbury Area Refugee Assistance meeting

The Arts Paper – Refugees Get “Unpacked” At Artspace

New Haven Register – Refugee experience in the spotlight with concert, art exhibit at Artspace in New Haven

West Hartford LIFE – A Lifetime of Expression: Syrian Artist’s Work Speaks of the Human Condition

New Haven Register – Cityseed’s New Haven Sanctuary Kitchen breaks cultural barriers

Yale Daily News – Non-profits to showcase refugee stories in theater performance

 

August 2017

Zip06 – Culinary traditions, cultures, and stories shared by Sanctuary Kitchen through food from the Heart 

WSHU – Refugee Resettlement Agency Launches ‘Mommy And Me’ ESL Program

WTNH – Sen. Blumenthal meets refugees at summer learning English class in New Haven

New Haven Register – New Haven IRIS program helps refugee moms, kids learn together

NBC CT – President Trump Throws Support Behind Merit-based Immigration Proposal

 

July 2017

Connecticut College – Stories from home: Arabic-language books for local refugee children

 

June 2017

WPKN – Interview on Counterpoint program

WNPR – Revised Travel Ban Frustrates Head Of New Haven Refugee Resettlement Group

WFSB – CT leaders discuss impact of refugees on state economy

Yale News – “Coming to Connecticut” forum explored complexities of resettling refugees

Danbury News Times – Worries grow about Trump’s travel ban

JD Supra – Want to Help Refugees? You Can Always Hire One. Legally.

Reuters – Trump administration reverses policy on fiancés as travel ban takes effect

NY Times – With 3 words, Supreme Court opens a world of uncertainty for refugees

NHTV – Appearance on Community Works (VIDEO)

Niskansen Center – Refugees are welcome, and it should stay that way

Google – Maher’s Story (VIDEO)

NowThis News – This mom came to the US for a better life for her children (VIDEO)

Yale Medicine – Caring for New Haven’s refugees

Real Clear Investigations – For refugees in U.S., freedom’s just another word for self-reliance

New Haven Independent – Young Refugees Find Their Key

 

May 2017

Hartford Courant – Syrian refugees speak about new life in CT

The Day – Resettlement agency works to shine light on refugee vetting process

WTNH – Educating the public, talking about the refugee vetting process

Hartford Courant – Conversation on Syrian refugees set for May 11

 

April 2017

Hartford Courant – ‘Rage giving’ fills coffers of groups opposing Trump

Yale Daily News – Yale group hosts refugee poetry festival

NY Times – Syrian refugees laud US strike, and in ‘new emotion,’ Trump

Fox 61 – Syrian family reacts to US airstrike

WTNH – With a broken heart, a Syrian refugee in CT talks about a brutal week

WFSB – Syrian refugees in CT speak out after recent attacks

Branford Eagle – Dinner with a message

Branford Eagle – Refugee family grateful for new life in Branford

The Day – Lyme-Old Lyme community looks to welcome another refugee family

Moment Magazine – A Syrian Family in Trump’s America

 

March 2017

Yale Daily News – IRIS New Haven responds to revised Trump travel ban 

Huffington Post – Misdiagnosed: Why we oppose the refugee ban

WNYC Public Radio – After chaotic entry into the U.S., Syrian refugee settles in

WSHU – Attorneys, refugee advocates clash with Trump on revised immigration order

Ayah Galal, Quinnipiac – Iraqi family resettled by IRIS (VIDEO)

New Haven Register – New Haven refugee and immigrant advocate finds Trump’s new order ‘shocking’

 

February 2017

Fox 61 – Iraqi refugee shares story of resettlement in America

New England Public Radio – From war-torn Syria to snowy prep school, Syrian refugees seek education in Vermont

Yale Daily News – What will America look like?  Families seeking refuge in the Elm City

American Muslim Magazine – New Connecticut Yankees- A Syrian family settles in

Hartford Courant – Refugees, advocates face uncertain times

New Haven Independent – Local Sudanese refugee tells story in DC

New Haven Independent – A ‘new America’ speaks

New Haven Independent – Neighborhood Music School establishes fund for new refugees

CBS Evening News – Record number of people sign up for annual Run for Refugees

Süddeutsche Zeitung – “Weitermachen” (“Keep going”)

New Haven Register – Sold-out Run for Refugees turns into march, rally at New Haven Green

New Haven Independent – Thousands run, march, rally For refugees 

WSHU – ‘Run For Refugees’ breaks attendance record

Yale Daily News – Run for Refugees sees record-breaking numbers

WTNH – Record turn out for 10th Annual IRIS Run for Refugees 5K in New Haven

NBC – Record number sign up for Run for Refugees in New Haven

Hartford Courant – Refugee group expects to ‘get back to work’ after executive order halted

New Haven Register – Refugees find welcome in New Haven, but fear gates will be closed to others
     
Fox News – Record numbers for race to benefit refugees after travel ban
    
Hartford Courant – Refugees endure on the strength of hope
     
New Haven Register – Annual Run for Refugees in New Haven sees enrollment boost

Shoreline Times – Connecticut lawmaker among crowd rallying for refugees in Branford

New Haven Register – Refugees arriving at New Haven’s Tweed likely last for a while, amid ban
 
The Newtown Bee – Refugee resettlement project not immediately affected by Trump’s executive order

WTNH – Run for Refugees gains ground after President Trump’s Executive Order

New York Times – Angelina Jolie: Refugee policy should be based on facts, not fear

Washington Post – Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them

 

January 2017

New York Times – Honey, Soap and Towels: Signs of Welcome a Refugee Family Won’t See

Yale Daily News – Refugee run draws record entries

Stamford Daily Voice – New Canaan Mom Won’t Let Trump’s Ban Stop Efforts To Help Refugees

Bristol Herald – Syrian refugees find home, new ‘family’ in Connecticut

NPR – Refugee Agencies Race Against Time To Beat Trump Immigration Ban

Yale News – Yale responds to Trump’s executive order on immigration

Vice News – Meet some of the last refugees welcomed to America before Trump’s ban

Fox 61 – Trump ban on refugees, immigrants could have ‘domino effect’ say locals

Connecticut College – Screening of ‘Salam Neighbor’ to raise funds for resettled Syrian refugees

Darien Times – Refugee family safely arrives in Darien

Zip06 News – Branford Church Organizing Candlelight Vigil for Refugees

Public News Service – Ban on New Refugees Affects Those Already Here

New Haven Independent – 1,500 Take Stand Against Trump’s Ban

Yale Daily News – Refugee benefit concert fills Battell

Hartford Courant – Solidarity At Vigil Attended By Hundreds

WNPR radio – Connecticut Responds to Trump’s Executive Order

WTNH TV – Refugees react to Trump’s order

NPR – Trump’s Actions Leave Refugees In Limbo

Center for American Progress – Communities welcome Syrian refugees

New Haven Independent – Law students help halt deportations

Yahoo News – Trump Administration Halts Refugee Resettlement Interviews

News12 TV – Refugee plans worry Connecticut’s Syrians

Vice News – Ban will have global consequences

WFSB – Organization helping refugees raises concerns over executive orders

WSHU – New Haven Refugee Agency Speaks Out On Expected Immigration Ban

New Canaan Advertiser – Speaker outlines rigorous vetting of refugee families

December 2016

Now This News –Tour of IRIS Offices (December 2)

Ridgefield Press – Resettlement committee is ready for refugee family (December 2)

November 2016

New Hampshire Public Radio – New England Readies For Trump’s Refugee Plans (November 23)

New Haven Independent – IRIS To Trump: Come Meet Our Refugees (November 22)

New Haven Register – Yale joins nationwide campus walkouts demanding ‘sanctuary campus’ policy cooperation (November 16)

Hartford Courant – Connecticut Waits To See If Trump Will Deliver On Campaign Promises (November 13)

WSHU Radio – Refugee Aid Group Hopeful Its Work Can Continue Under Trump (November 11)

Yale Daily News – Refugees to receive Thanksgiving welcome (November 9)

October 2016

NPR Weekend Edition – IRIS and Co-Sponsorship in Hartford area (October 30)

Danbury News Times – New Milford group forms to help resettle refugees (October 25)

The Day – Norwich volunteer group sponsors first Syrian refugee family (October 25)

The Day – Resettlement efforts translate to smiles as refugees give thanks (October 23)

New Canaan Advertiser – Refugee crisis event Sunday at library (October 21)

The Greater New Milford Spectrum – Meeting to address helping refugee family (October 19)

Ridgefield Daily Voice – Ridgefield Synagogue To Spotlight Refugee Crisis In Yom Kippur Service (October 12)

New York Daily News – Syrian refugees find hope in New Jersey (October 2)

September 2016

Concord Monitor – New England welcomed nearly 650 Syrian refugees in past year (September 27)

Yale Herald – Home in the Making (September 23)

Ridgefield Press – Protesters disrupt refugee meeting (September 23)

Westport News – Congregations come together to house Syrian refugee family (September 23)

NBC News – 6-Year-Old Boy Offers Home to Syrian Refugee in Letter to Obama (September 22)

Associated Press – Texas to stop refugee aid as Obama plans more resettlements (September 21)

Associated Press – Community groups are key part of Connecticut refugee effort (September 18)

Fox61 – Refugee organization says 100% more settled in Connecticut (September 15)

Wall Street Journal – Syrians Strain Resettlement Agencies (WSJ Subscription Required) (September 12)

Associated Press – After Warm Welcome, Syrian Family Struggles in Connecticut (September 12)

Yale Daily News – Museum spotlights refugee art (September 2)

Yale Daily News – Yale Students Volunteer at IRIS (September 1)

August 2016

Danbury News Times – Group Forms to Welcome Refugees (August 31)

Hartford Courant – Lawmaker Meets With Local Advocates For Refugees (August 29)

NPR – Deborah Amos story on Syrian refugee family (August 29)

NEPR – Sponsoring Refugees, Faith Communities Say ‘We In Connecticut Care About The World (August 23)

Ridgefield Hamlet Hub – Refugee Resettlement Committee-Ridgefield (RRCR) to hold informational meeting on September 15 (August 23)

WTNH – More war refugees finding safety in Connecticut (August 17)

WNPR – Connecticut Set to Take In Record Number of Refugees (August 16)

Reuters – Trump ignored facts with dig at Merkel’s refugee policy: German minister (August 16)

Journal Inquirer – Hebron, Manchester groups seek housing for refugee families (August 15)

The Newtown Bee – Interfaith Partnership For Refugee Resettlement: Offering Hope to Strangers (August 7)

The Day – Safe from Syria war, family embracing new home in Ledyard (August 6)

NBC Connecticut – ‘Now I Feel Comfortable’: Syrian Refugee Shares Journey of Resettling in New Haven (August 2)

Marketplace – Think you can’t help Syrian refugees? Look at these folks (August 1)

Ridgefield’s Hamlet Hub – Ridgefield residents respond to global refugee crisis (August 1)

July 2016

Hartford Courant – State, Country See Surge of Syrian Refugees (July 31)

News Times – From Baghdad to Brookfield: A refugee’s story (July 30)

CNN – What Syrian refugees want Donald Trump to know (July 21)

Daily Nutmeg New Haven – Formative Experiences (July 20)

The Knowledge Green – This Art Exhibit Will Make You Reconsider The Refugee Crisis (July 8)

Hartford Courant – IRIS’ Cultural Companions Program Facilitates Friendship For Refugees (July 3)

Journal Inquirer – Community support essential in welcoming refugees, agency head says (July 1)

June 2016

Middletown Press – Refugee art tells “Stories From Near and Far” at New Haven Museum (June 28)

New Haven Register – Refugee art tells “Stories From Near and Far” at New Haven Museum (June 28)

WNPR – New Haven Museum Celebrates Refugee Artists in New Exhibit (June 20)

WTNH – New Haven Museum recognizes World Refugee Day (June 20)

Hartford Courant – Two Elm City Exhibits Focus on Those Fleeing Troubled Lands (June 16)

New Haven Independent – Refugee Art Inspires, And Shakes You Up (June 15)

May 2016

Choate News – Syrian Refugees Find a Home in Connecticut (May 27)

April 2016

The Day – Ledyard Congregational Church is first in the region to welcome a refugee family (April 24)

The Examiner – Why Aren’t Syrian Refugees Being Resettled in Westchester? (April 24)

New Haven Independent – Music Haven Travels Globe (April 18)

New Haven Independent – Seeds Sown Citywide (April 18)

The Wesleyan Argus – Annual Fast-a-Thon Spreads Awareness of Global Hunger (April 18)

The Politic – Land of the Freed (April 16)

New Haven Register – New Haven planners approve Crown Street apartments (April 15)

The Ridgefield Press – George gives talk on refugee crisis (April 14)

Ridgefield’s Hamlethub – Global Refugee Crisis Talk at Founders Hall in Ridgefield Tomorrow (April 14)

The Examiner – White Plains Forum Tackles Syrian Refugee Resettlement (April 13)

New Haven Register – “Traveling the World” in Music Haven/IRIS concert (April 13)

The Ridgefield Press – Global refugee crisis (April 13)

Hartford Courant – Community News For The West Hartford Edition (April 11)

Hartford Courant – Even In Welcoming Connecticut, Syrian Refugee Effort Slow (April 11)

Yale News – Yale Psychiatry faculty help to recruit medical providers for refugees (April 6)

Yale Daily News – Conference seeks providers for refugee care (April 1)

March 2016

Miscellany News – Vassar aspires to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees (March 30)

Examiner – Poetry of place: Brendan Walsh on ‘Go’ (Q&A w/ event details) (March 29)

NBC Connecticut – From Baghdad to Branford: Iraqi Refugee Family Resettles in Shoreline Town (March 24)

New Haven Register – 3 Branford churches work together to bring in refugee family from Iraq (March 20)

WNPR – West Hartford Clergy Look to Sponsor Refugees (March 14)

The Hour – Wi-ACT brings Syrian refugee family to Wilton; widow and 5 children will transition at School Sisters of Notre Dame (March 13)

Wilton Bulletin – Wilton welcomes Syrian refugee family (March 10)

The Yale Herald – Artistic refuge (March 4)

Yale Alumni Magazine – Putting out the welcome mat for refugees (March 3)

February 2016

Middletown Press – Honest conversation educates Middletown residents about Muslim faith (Feb. 24)

NBC Connecticut – Non-Profit Helping Refugees Settle in New Haven Hosts 5K Fundraiser (Feb. 7)

Yale Daily News – Refugees gear up for winter weather (Feb. 5)

Archon News – Regional Archons co-sponsor presentation on Refugee Crisis and Resettlement Process (Feb. 1)

The Patch – Middletown Welcoming to Syrian Refugees: Mayor Drew (Feb. 1)

January 2016

Hartford Courant – Middletown-Area Coalition At Front Of State’s Refugee Resettlement Efforts (Jan. 31)

New Haven Register – Volunteers from across Connecticut train in New Haven to help resettle refugees (Jan. 30)

The Daily Campus (UConn) – Immigration official explains Connecticut’s role in the Syrian refugee crisis (Jan. 26)

Wilton Bulletin – Wi-ACT: Plans in place to bring refugee family (Jan. 22)

New Haven Register – More than 60 languages spoken in New Haven schools present challenge, opportunity (Jan. 9)

The Southington Observer – Connecticut groups say they’re ready for more refugees (Jan. 5)

Hartford Courant – State Groups Ready For More Refugees In 2016 (Jan. 3)

New Haven Register – CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven set to retire (Jan. 2)

The Newtown Bee – Year In Review: A Year Of Grace And Growth For Religious Communities (Jan. 2)

December 2015

Danbury News Times – “Ordinary” people step up to help refugees (Dec. 29)

New Haven Register – Some Greater New Haven notables who made a difference in 2015 (Dec. 26)

New Haven Independent – Parking OK Clears Way For Gym, New IRIS Home (Dec. 17)

New Haven Register – Guilford church prepares to host live Nativity (Dec. 16)

Shoreline Times – Living nativity at St. John’s in North Guilford to benefit refugee agency (Dec. 15)

Fox News CT – Syrian refugee families in Indiana share stories Friday, Kassig family speaks in support (Dec. 11)

The New Yorker – Resettled (Dec. 7)

New Haven Independent – Syrian Family Finds Freedom In Elm City (Dec. 4)

The Daily Campus (UConn) – UConn students among attendees at pro-Syrian refugee rally in Hartford (Dec. 3)

Danbury News Times – Paul Adinolfi: Resolving the Muslim refugee quandary (Dec. 2)

Voices – Syrian Family’s Arrival in State Draws Interest in Work of IRIS (Dec. 2)

CT Post – White House keeps governors in refugee loop (Dec. 1)

Hartford Courant – Welcome Refugees with Compassion – but also care (Dec. 1)

New Haven Register – New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services receives Unsung Heroes Award (Dec. 1)

November 2015

WCF Courier – Accepting refugees celebrates America’s values (Nov. 30)

Hartford Courant – More than 250 Attend Hartford Pro-Syrian Refugee Acceptance Rally (Nov. 28)

Christian Science Monitor – Despite governors’ resistance, Syrian refugees find support in US (Nov. 27)

New Haven Register – Afghan refugees in New Haven grateful for first Thanksgiving in U.S. (Nov. 26)

New Haven Independent – IRIS wins Wessel Prize (Nov. 25)

New Haven Register – Forum: From one generation to the next, welcoming immigrants is the American Way (Nov. 25)

The Wall Street Journal – How many refugees the US takes in and where they go (Nov. 24)

Wesleyan Connection – Wesleyan Refugee Project Aids Refugees from around the World (Nov. 24)

Huffington Post – Hoosiers extend hospitality to Syrian refugees despite Indiana’s position (Nov. 23)

NBC – Resettlement Group: Refugees Face Rigorous Scrutiny (Nov. 23)

New Haven Independent – Junta To Refugees: “Welcome Home” (Nov. 23)

The New York Times – Syrian Refugees Rejected, Rerouted and Resettled (Nov. 23)

NPR (WSHU) – Reflecting on U.S. Response to Syrian Refugees (Nov. 23)

Fox News CT – Syrian refugee family diverted from Indianapolis: We felt rejected, we were depressed (Nov. 21)

Indiana Star – Everything you want to know about Indiana and the Syrian refugee controversy (Nov. 21)

Time Magazine – Syrian Refugee Family Denied by Indiana Finds Home in Connecticut (Nov. 21)

Baptist News Global – My brother, where art thou? (Nov. 20)

Hartford Courant – While State Prepares For Influx Of Refugees, Some Syrians Already Settled (Nov. 20)

The New York Times – Syrian Family Diverted From Indiana Feels Welcomed in Connecticut (Nov. 20)

The Republican American – Limits of Power (Nov. 19)

Yale Daily News – Elm City welcomes Syrian family (Nov. 19)

The CT Mirror – Indiana said no; New Haven said yes to Syrian refugee family (Nov. 18)

Fox News CT – Syrian refugee family bound for Indiana forced to relocate after Gov. Pence’s ban on refugees entering state (Nov. 18)

News Times – Editorial: Keep the light of Liberty shining (Nov. 18)

The New York Times – Malloy Welcomes a Syrian Family to Connecticut as Christie Shuns Refugees (Nov. 18)

Yale Daily News – Auction combats homelessness (Nov. 18)

NBC – Syrian Immigrant Reacts to Paris Attacks, Refugee Crisis (Nov. 17)

The New York Times – 11th-Hour Detour Puts Family in Connecticut as Indiana Bars Syrian Refugees (Nov. 17)

The Patch – CT Group’s Steps to Take in Syrian Refugees Scrutinized After Paris Attacks (Nov. 17)

WNPR – Connecticut will take Syrian refugees as planned; Many other states say they won’t (Nov. 17)

WSFB 3 – CT churches planning to help Syrian refugees (Nov. 17)

WTNH – Closer look at the Refugee Process in Conn., most will come to New Haven (Nov. 17)

The Register Citizen – Malloy supports accepting Syrian refugees in Connecticut, but awaits federal counsel (Nov. 16)

Hartford Courant – Tariq Farid Foundation hosts fundraiser for refugees (Nov. 12)

The Connecticut College Voice – Syrian Task Force Established On Campus (Nov. 10)

WNPR Here and Now – Syrian Refugee Tells of Life In Connecticut (Nov. 10)

Yale Daily News – Refugees learn safety, civil rights (Nov. 9)

New Haven Independent – Refugees get the 411 on 911 (Nov. 5)

The Politic – Saving the Stateless: The Uphill Effort to Resettle Refugees (Nov. 4)

Wesleyan Connection – Progress Report on Wesleyan Response to Refugee Crisis (Nov. 3)

Yale Daily News – Yalies host refugee Halloween party (Nov. 2)

October 2015

Public News Service – As more Syrian Refugees Arrive, CT is Ready to Help (Oct. 22)

New Haven Register – Refugees come to New Haven ready to work, willing to start over (Oct. 18)

The Yale Herald – Confronting Crisis (Oct. 16)

The New York Times – Refugees, Stuck in Grinding U.S. Process, Wait and Hope (Oct. 11)

Danbury News Times – Bethel residents seeks to sponsor Syrian refugees (Oct. 9)

New Haven Register – Groups team up to welcome Syrian refugees. Print. (Oct. 7)

Yale News – Experts urge Yale to take a leading role in the child refugee crisis (Oct. 7)

Washington Times – Connecticut groups team up to welcome Syrian refugees (Oct. 6)

New Haven Register – Yale conference in New Haven addresses helping child refugees (Oct. 5)

September 2015

CT Post – Top relief experts to convene at Yale on child refugee crisis (Sept. 30)

Hartford Courant – At least I know I’m Safe (Sept. 20)

Hartford Courant – While State Prepares For Influx Of Refugees, Some Syrians Already Settled (Sept. 20)

The Boston Globe – No Choice but to Flee. Print. (Sept. 16)

Post Chronicle – Inaugural Hamden Cup a success (Sept. 16)

WTNH – Escaping war, Syrian refugees speak to News 8 (Sept. 16)

Boston Globe – From suffering in Syria to safety in Conn. (Sept. 15)

Fox News CT – Struggles for refugees, refugee agencies in Connecticut (Sept. 15)

Fox News CT – Syrian refugees making new home in Connecticut (Sept. 15)

New Haven Register – They feel humans are more valued here. Print. (Sept. 15)

Yale Daily News – Syrian refugees look to Murphy for aid (Sept. 15)

New Haven Register – Advocates in New Haven call for U.S. to accept more Syrian refugees (Sept. 14)

WNPR – How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees? (Sept. 14)

At The Moment with Sharon Benzoni – The Syrian Refugee Crisis (Sept. 13)

Fox News CT – Connecticut advocates call for more than 10k Syrian refugees (Sept. 11)

New Haven Independent – IRIS Resettles Syrian Refugees (Sept. 11)

WTNH – New Haven agency would welcome Syrian refugees (Sept. 9)

May 2015

New Haven Register – New Haven refugee service lands $100,000 donation (May 8)

February 2015

Yale Daily News – IRIS run draws record crowd in eighth year (Feb. 2)