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November 2019

Sanctuary Kitchen Serves Up Storytelling

Inside Bregamos Community Theater, Sanctuary Kitchen was bringing a piece of Syria to New Haven. Near the entrance, a long table piled with Syrian food greeted attendees. The smell of za’tar and oil floated through the air, spicy and sharp as it rose to greet attendees. Children ran around, one smiling and claiming to be the newest volunteer.

Allison Hadley Photos.

Film Event Hosted by SIRS & IRIS

Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement (SIRS) is pleased to be able to co-sponsor another important film event with (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) together with the Ferguson Library. This documentary film "Inside My Heart" chronicles the plight of three refugee families fleeing from their war torn countries over a period of nearly 3 years.

October 2019

‘Immigration: The Facts Explained,’ October 18 With IRIS

Even in the best of times, the US immigration process is a complicated one. Right now, national news brings reports of changing rules about seeking asylum, detentions of families at the border, lowering the number of refugees arriving in the US, and changing the rules about who can get visas.

The Newtown Bee

September 2019

Mercy Quaye: First day of school jitters for refugee children

Education is the great equalizer, right? It’s not exactly a road, it’s more like a map you can use to better navigate life. For many, getting to that map means traveling to America, and that’s nothing new. It’s a tradition that has been upheld by generations of immigrants. And this week, as hundreds of thousands of Connecticut students head back to school, several hundred recently resettled families will be experiencing their first day while balancing the weight of current events with the excitement of something new.

Dennis Wilson (center) with IRIS students Abdoulhalim, Manayil, and Abdelaziz Yaya.

CT migrant community unsettled by Supreme Court asylum order

Connecticut’s top agencies and advocates for migrants say a Supreme Court order that would disqualify most current asylum seekers from entry is part of an ongoing, worrying trend.

Photo: PAUL RATJE / AFP/Getty Images

Refugees finding a home in Waterbury

Javid Mohammadi was 18 and fearing for his life when he fled into the darkness of a hot Afghan night. A six-year journey that included a dangerous border crossing, capture by human traffickers and years waiting for refugee resettlement ended when Mohammadi, his wife and their two children arrived in Connecticut in August.

Article via Republican-American

Storytellers Raise The Roof For Refugees

Monday night, 10 storytellers unfolded similar revelations at “Living in a Foreign Language,” a happy hour and storytelling event at East Rock Brewing Company that doubled as a fundraiser for the Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement or JCARR. Net proceeds exceeded $4,000 for the organization, which has been working to resettle refugee families in the greater New Haven area since its founding in 2015.

Lucy Gellman Photos

Refugees Gather For Picnic, Connections

Amina Maniriho stood laughing and dancing while the trees at the edges of the park reverberated with the Swahili lyrics of “Dunia Haina Hurumu” — the world has no mercy. Her seven children jumped and wove about the new friends she has made since she arrived seven months ago. Above her, a strong South wind whipped the American flag mounted on a tall white pole.

Sam Gurwitt Photos

New Start Ministry Welcomes Afghan Family Seeking Safety

At a time of bitter divide over the treatment of migrants seeking asylum at the southern border, one little-known federal regulation quietly ensures that on behalf of the nation, resettlement agencies offer a warm and gracious welcome to refugees by providing a culturally appropriate hot meal on the night of their arrival.

Dunn Photo

August 2019

Letter: Love your neighbor as yourself

To the Editors: As members of Wilton’s Clergy Association, we feel compelled to speak out against the inhumane treatment that immigrant and refugee families are facing in our country. Our traditions speak with clear and strong voices as they teach that we are meant to welcome the stranger and care for the vulnerable.

Wilton Clergy Association Immigration OP-ED: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Connecticut officials vow to challenge new federal rule targeting poor immigrants

State Attorney General William Tong and other Connecticut officials plan to challenge a new federal rule that would penalize legal immigrants who access food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers and other benefits.

Photo: Stan Godlewski / Special to the Courant

Public Charge rule for immigrants could be costly for Connecticut

An estimated 200,000 legal immigrants in Connecticut and their children, many of whom are American citizens, could forgo food, health care and housing assistance as a result of the Trump administration's "Public Charge" rule that is scheduled to take effect Oct. 15, according to state Attorney General William Tong.

Photo: Democracy Now!

Seeks Interpreters: New Start Ministry Sponsors Family from Afghanistan

New Start Ministry, a consortium of local congregations that works with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven to co-sponsor refugees, recently welcomed a family from Afghanistan.

Religious groups unite in West Hartford against Trump immigration policies

Religious organizations from the greater Hartford area came together in West Hartford Monday evening to speak out against “the draconian, illegal, and cruel immigration policies” of President Donald Trump’s administration.

Photo: Emily Brindley

Connecticut Advocates Condemn New 'Public Charge' Restrictions On Immigrant Assistance

Connecticut’s Attorney General said Wednesday he’s joining New York and Vermont in bringing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over immigrants’ access to public benefits because the government’s actions are damaging to this state’s economy and communities.

Photo: Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Criminal Justice Major Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees to New Haven Community

Daniella Nutile '20, a student at UNH, volunteered with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven this summer, helping to ensure that families new to the area felt welcome and had a good start to their new life in the United States.

Photo: Daniella Nutile

Attacks On Legal Immigration

The Trump administration wants to change federal immigration rules to limit migrants' abilities to enter the country legally. For those who are already here, new rules seek to penalize those who rely on food assistance, Medicaid and other government programs, and potentially render them ineligible to become permanent residents.

Elise Amendola / AP

July 2019

Revolution & Resilience, Khartoum To New Haven

A young woman spray-painting FREEDOM on a wall, with doves above the letters. Old women playing hand drums while they march for justice. A doctor in a lab coat, with a red-white-and-green flag draped over her head. These are a few images from the Sudanese revolution of 2019. These photos are closer to home than you may think. Several Sudanese refugees became American citizens this spring, five years after they resettled to Connecticut through Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven.

Lucy Gellman File Photo.

High anxiety in Connecticut immigrant communities

Immigrant rights group leaders here in Connecticut say that anxiety among local immigrant families is even higher than normal because of the threat of raids around the country. “We stand with the families that have been terrorized by the Trump Administration. No family should live in fear of arrests and raids in this country,” says Chris George of New Haven based Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.


Connecticut College hosts ‘scholars in exile’ for retreat

Last September, The New University in Exile Consortium formed to address these issues and now has 15 member institutions. One is Connecticut College, which has been holding a retreat this week for "scholars in exile." On Wednesday, the retreat also featured the optional activities of a trip to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and a conversation with Chris George, executive director of the New Haven-based Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

Connecticut College

Lights for Liberty vigil on Milford Green Friday

Milford residents will join others across the state and country holding a Lights for Liberty vigil Friday, July 12, in recognition of conditions refugees face at the southern border and in U.S. detention centers. Speakers will include state Sen. James Maroney, Milford Poet Laureate Mick Theebs, IRIS' Employment & Education Services Director Will Kneerim, and the Rev. Kristina Hansen of Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church.

Photo: Christian Carter / WSHU

Vigil to protest migrant detention camps planned for Friday at Norwich Harbor

Local groups and human rights advocates will hold a vigil Friday evening at the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park to protest conditions at migrant detention centers at the U.S. southern border and call for closure of the camps. Donations of toiletries and other small nonperishable items will be collected and given to Connecticut-based IRIS, which provides resettlement services to help refugees begin their new life in the United States.

Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times

Connecticut Lights For Liberty Vigils Spotlight Immigration Detention Policies

Nearly 100 residents, activists and elected officials gathered in Milford, Connecticut, on Friday to protest what they call the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. southern border.

Photo: Christian Carter / WSHU

Hearst donates $250K to Norwalk Hospital

Hearst Foundations is also donating $75,000 education programs in Bridgeport and New Haven run by IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

June 2019

Long Wharf’s New Haven Play Project culminates in 2 shows June 28 & 30

The New Haven Play Project culminates in two productions at Long Wharf Theatre Friday and Sunday, June 28 and 30 — the plays echoing Artistic Director Jacob Padrón’s stated goal for the theater to be an anchor of “radical inclusion” in the community.

Photo: Long Wharf / Contributed Photo

State, Local Leaders React to SCOTUS Ruling on Citizenship Census Question

The question of "Are you an American citizen?" will not appear on the 2020 census following a ruling from the Supreme Court one day before a summer break. Chief Justice John Roberts joined four justices in finding the Trump Administration’s explanation for adding the question insufficient.

Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Alumna Chosen for Fellowship with Immigrant Justice Corps

As a student, Zhunio represented the University of New Haven as a member of its Model United Nations team, traveling to Washington, D.C., and to Japan while honing her public speaking skills. A President’s Public Service Fellow, she worked with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, a federally recognized refugee resettlement agency in New Haven. Her passion for immigration law also led to internships at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project and the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

Cindy Zhunio ’19

May 2019

Sacred to Secular: How Conn. immigrant agency built 50+ jobs coalition

Historic low unemployment and decreases in the number of foreign immigrants poses a complex challenge for employers in Maine. But despite the crackdown from federal officials, major employers and immigrant agencies around New England are calling on proven community models to help seat the limited immigrant workforce in Maine.


Long Wharf Theatre Presents The New Haven Play Project

Long Wharf Theatre (Jacob Padrón, Artistic Director; Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director) is proud to present the New Haven Play Project. This initiative is a dynamic partnership with organizations committed to serving the community of New Haven. As Long Wharf Theatre enters a new chapter, the New Haven Play Project anchors our theatre as a place for radical inclusion that celebrates the kaleidoscope of our community.

Progressive Tense

Imagine moving to a country with a language and a culture completely foreign to you. Imagine you’re there not because you’re looking for an adventure but because you had to flee for the safety of your family. Now imagine that learning your new language is made even harder by another challenge: You’ve never been to school before.

Kathy Leonard Czepiel

March 2019

Vigil for New Zealand shooting victims held on New Haven Green

A show of support for the Muslim community in New Haven on Wednesday night in the wake of the attack on mosques in New Zealand. A vigil and prayer service was held on the New Haven Green, in memory of the 50 people killed in the attack last week.


What happens to families still split by the travel ban?

When the Trump administration defended the so-called “travel ban” in front of the Supreme Court, it argued the ban included a waiver provision allowing exemptions on a case-by-case basis. However, in practice, lawyers and refugee resettlement experts say the process isn’t working and a group of organizations is suing the administration over what they say are “blanket” denials. Meanwhile, some families remain split: part made it to the United States while the rest remain back home.

NBC News

New Haven prayer vigil held for victims of New Zealand mosque attack

Syrian refugee Nour Al Zouabi speaks at a prayer vigil for the slain Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, on the New Haven Green on March 20, 2019. Behind her participants hold photographs of the victims.

Photo: Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

Refugees Craft A Self-Sufficiency Recipe

Three women, Nieda Mohammed Ali Abbas, Faten Natafji, and Hala Ghali, are the bakers of Havenly, a new nonprofit in New Haven that provides job training for unemployed refugee and immigrant women through kitchen-based fellowships. The fellows make baklava that Yale students deliver to both local cafés and Yale venues.

Photo: Molly Montgomery Photo

February 2019

MSA participates in Run for Refugees

The Southern Connecticut State University Muslim Student Association participated in the 12th annual Run for Refugees in New Haven. “They’re displaced from home,” said MSA President Haroon Chaudhry. “We raise money for them, we run for them to show that we appreciate refugees in America.”

Photo by Eileen Scully

IRIS Refugee Run Raises Over $100K

Over 3,000 people participated in Sunday’s 12th annual Run for Refugees, which raised more than $100,000 for the resettlement work of New Haven-based IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services). The event was a joyful affair, with people of all ages, speeds, and ethnicities participating.

Simon Bazelon Photo

In Photos: 12th Annual IRIS Run for Refugees 5K

Thousands run in the 12th Annual IRIS Run for Refugees 5K in New Haven on February 3, 2019.

Photo: Arnold Gold, Hearst Connecticut Media

Havenly Treats Food Change

It was Nieda Abbas’s home cooking, more than anything, that got Caterina Passoni through her first year at Yale. Passoni was assigned as a “cultural companion” to Abbas’s teenage daughter through a volunteer program at New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS).

Photograph by Kathy Leonard Czepiel

Yalies, New Haveners run for refugees

After the Yale Undergraduate Gospel Choir performed a rendition of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” — the poem that graces the base of the Statue of Liberty — the executive director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Chris George, led the countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! And the runners were off.

Photo by Omar Taweh

Connecticut Public video series features first-person stories of immigration

Connecticut Public has launched a season of 10 digital-first short films showcasing personal stories of immigrants who settled in the state. Home Movies: American Journeys is the latest in six limited series that present local slice-of-life stories under the banner title Sharing Connecticut.


New Haven hosts the 12th Annual Run for Refugees 5k event

Happening on Sunday, runners are lacing up their shoes for the 12th Annual Run for Refugees 5k in New Haven. Joining us now is Chris George, Executive Director of Iris.


New Haven hosts the 12th Annual Run for Refugees 5k event

On Sunday, runners laced up their shoes for the 12th Annual Run for Refugees 5k in New Haven. The 5k destination event celebrates welcoming immigrants and refugees, bringing runners and walkers together in the Elm City from across the Northeast.


January 2019

Run for Refugees Marks 2nd "Banniversary"

Aminah and her family fled from the violence of the Syrian civil war. Azhar and her family fled when her father was targeted in Sudan for helping internal refugees there. Herman Bershtein wouldn’t be alive today and, at age 92, still running 5K races if his mother had not found an American sponsor to permit her to emigrate to the U.S. from Poland back in 1913.

Allan Appel Photo

On “Banniversary,” Thousands Get Ready To Run

Aminah and her husband, Issa. By Sunday, she will have made enough chicken shwarma to feed 300 people. She said that her shawarma, which her husband called "like fast food," comprises marinated chicken, yogurt, cucumber, mayonnaise, and shwarma spices she finds at a Syrian market in Orange.

Lucy Gellman Photos


Afeefa’s dining room was warm, insulated by an amber ceiling light and long, drawn shades that concealed the dark street outside. Her husband Sami had just steered four strangers into their East Rock quadruplex, closing the door to the unit and shutting out the crisp November chill. Afeefa joined him in embracing the guests and jiggling their hands as if reuniting for Thanksgiving.

Photo by Madelyn Kumar

Thousands to participate in Run for Refugees this weekend

This weekend, thousands will take to the streets in New Haven to join the IRIS Run for Refugees. It’s been roughly two years since President Donald Trump put forward his travel ban. Since then, IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) in New Haven said the interest in their annual Run for Refugees has continued to grow.


December 2018

Local advocates react ahead of President's address on immigration

President Donald Trump is claiming it’s a national security crisis, and on Tuesday he’s set to address the nation and push for a wall along the Mexican border. However, in Connecticut, local immigrant advocates are not buying it. “What we hear obviously is the journey was difficult, has been challenging. They’re very happy to be here, very afraid to be here at the same time,” said Daniel Reyes, executive director of Junta for Progressive Action.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The number of refugees resettling in Connecticut dropped sharply in 2018

The number of refugees settling in Connecticut and around the nation plummeted in 2018, the result of a clampdown on immigration by President Donald Trump. This year, Connecticut took in just 149 refugees, who are foreigners fleeing violence and persecution. The majority of the refugees came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of State.

Photo by Jon Olson / Special to the Courant

Kindness in Real Life: Local Churches Welcome Refugees

It’s said it takes a village, and Old Lyme is home to such a village. Old Lyme and its surrounding communities have a long history of welcoming refugees from war-torn regions across the globe, resettling families from Laos, Burma and Rwanda.

Photo by Carol Carlson

Celebrating Hanukkah in Greater New Haven by Honoring Other Cultures

NEW HAVEN — Aminah, a Syrian refugee chef who in two years has learned more than passable English and started her own catering business, will be joining the local Jewish community today to celebrate Hanukkah by demonstrating how to bake sufganiyot, Jewish jelly doughnuts. But she doesn’t like the idea that she’s a Muslim baking for Jews.


Yale Bands to jazz up “The Nutcracker”

This Saturday afternoon in Woolsey Hall, two Yale Bands will perform a festive concert titled “Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings,” which will combine traditional and jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.” Two years ago, the Yale Concert Band performed a holiday benefit concert for the Yale and New Haven communities that featured celebratory music from various cultures and collected donations to New Haven’s Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services...


Craft sale in New Haven to Support Refugee Women

NEW HAVEN — If people are thinking about shopping small for the holidays, one option includes supporting refugee women. Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services is sponsoring a craft sale Saturday in which refugee women from countries including Afghanistan, Congo and Syria will be selling their handmade wares.


November 2018

Local Company Employs Refugees

University officials and a local nonprofit refugee resettlement agency, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, are working with a refugee-led company to provide employment for new refugees resettling in the Elm City. Founded by immigrant Rafid Bayati, Golden Gate CT began as a project in September 2017 to help integrate refugees new to the New Haven community. In partnership with Yale and IRIS, Golden Gate CT has helped five refugees...


Thousands of refugees in the U.S. celebrate their first Thanksgiving

Hundreds of millions of people are celebrating Thanksgiving, but for 22,000 refugees relocated to the United States through the UN Refugee Agency, this will be their first time. Ann O'Brien and Fereshteh Ganjavi from the Integrated Refugee and Immigration Service join Ali Velshi to discuss.

Photo: MSNBC

Refugees First Thanksgiving

“This is schmaltzy but stories about people cooking Thanksgiving for the 1st time or the way different people integrate their own family’s cuisine into Thanksgiving are always great. Maybe because it’s an egalitarian/conceptual holiday? Anyone/everyone can participate and be American.” Catherine Miller brings the tweets. Catherine was talking about this NY Times Story, which explores how recently arrived refugees in the United States are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.


Native Dishes From Sudan And New Holiday Traditions in Connecticut

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends and share a meal together. For many U.S. families, that means roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. But for some refugee families, the holiday can be a time to share native dishes and new holiday traditions.


Pulitzer Prize Winners in New Haven Share Refugee Story

NEW HAVEN — Timing has played a significant role for Pulitzer Prize winners Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan. Both men shared the esteemed prize this year for editorial cartooning following their graphic series, “Welcome to the New World,” which ran in the New York Times, detailing the real story of a refugee family as they adjusted to life in America in 2016.


IRIS Speaks Out on Immigration Reform Policies Part 2

We do have some new information coming in that’s raising some questions about this deal reacting to the reporting, Mexico’s incoming secretary of the interior says, “There is no agreement of any kind between the future federal government of Mexico and the United States of America.”

Photo: MSNBC

IRIS Speaks Out on Immigration Reform Policies Part 1

Hillary Clinton is fighting off criticism after she said Europe must restrict immigration in order to fight the growing trend of populism. In a new interview with the UK’s The Guardian the former democratic presidential candidate said EU’s leaders must send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”.

Photo: MSNBC

The First Thanksgiving

JERSEY CITY — Two years ago this month, Mayada Anjari was only dimly aware that a holiday was approaching. After the family’s three-year journey as refugees from Syria, her sons — Hayan, Mohammed and Abdulrazaq — had just started school here; her husband, Ahmad Abdulhamid, was looking for work; and she had a baby girl, Jana, to chase after.


Refugee Story Night Unites Community

More than a hundred people came out in support of the Refugee Story Night at Trinity Episcopal Church on November 9. The three-part event began at 5:30 pm and included a dinner prepared by Greenleaf Catering, a screening of the film Soufra, and an hour-long panel discussion. The night was organized by Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement (IPRR) in Newtown and was sponsored by Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), based out of New Haven.


“Welcome To The New World,” Stay A While

Refugee resettlement isn’t just about resettlement. It’s also about education. But not only for those coming to the United States for the first time— for those already in it too. That was the message Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) Director Chris George and writer-illustrator team Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan delivered Tuesday night, to a packed theater at The Foote School in East Rock.


October 2018

Local Refuge Weighs in on Caravan Headed to U.S. Border

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- With Election Day just two weeks out, President Donald Trump continues to rally his base while blasting a caravan of migrants heading towards the US border. The video is startling of the thousands of men, women, and young children fleeing Honduras and making the dangerous trek towards the US, often in 100-degree heat.

Photo: WFSB

Conn. Refugee Agencies Plea To Admit More Immigrants

This week, the Trump administration announced the lowest number of refugee admissions in the history of the program. Refugee agency leaders in Connecticut asked Congress on Wednesday to accept more next year. The State Department says the U.S. is accepting just 30,000 refugees in order to concentrate on a backlog of asylum seekers in the country.


IRIS Workshop Sheds Light on Immigration Policy, Advocacy

About 30 New Haven residents and volunteers gathered over coffee and refugee-made baklava at the headquarters of local nonprofit Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services on Tuesday night.The workshop, entitled “Immigration Policy and Advocacy 101,” hosted a panel made up of IRIS executive director Chris George ...


August 2018

For Young Leaders, An Eternal Flame Burns Bright

South African homes bulldozed during apartheid, the debris now preserved in acrylic glass. Soil collected from lynching sites throughout the American South, gathered in jars at the Montgomery Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum. An abiding fire on blue coals, the “Eternal Flame” above Martin Luther King, Jr.'s crypt. His vision of the Beloved Community, engraved on stone: An engine of reconciliation.

All images courtesy of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)

At a Town Forum on Immigration, the Personal Cost Stands Out

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration, and the resulting separation of over 2,000 children from their parents, have dominated the national news cycle over the past four months. For at least one person who spoke at a town hall forum on refugees and immigration policy Monday, Aug. 6, that debate touched his own family...


July 2018

Ridgefield Hamlethub- Ridgefield Democrats Hold Public Forum on Immigration

To bring facts and dialogue to the subject as it pertains to Connecticut communities and families, the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee is conducting an “Open Forum on Immigration, Civil Rights & Connecticut”, on Monday evening, August 6, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, at Ridgefield Library. ...


Arts Council- For Young Leaders, An Eternal Flame Burns Bright

South African homes bulldozed during apartheid, the debris now preserved in acrylic glass. Soil collected from lynching sites throughout the American South, gathered in jars at the Montgomery Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum ...

Photo: Laurel McCormack

The Arts Paper - At IRIS, Summer Language Learning Looks To Art

Hala, who came to the U.S. from Syria in 2017, is a student in Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services’ (IRIS) tenth annual Summer Learning Program, held June through August at Wilbur Cross High School. On Monday, she joined close to 70 students honing their English skills ...


Forsynth County News - Studio Forsyth: Forsyth County native leads 12 refugee women on civil rights pilgrimage

Follow the civil rights pilgrimage with 12 young refugee women conducted by two IRIS staff members. The girls travled to several different destinations in the south to learn about civil rights in the US through time ...


NPR - U.S. Refugee Program 'In Danger' Amid Steep Drop In Refugee Arrivals, Advocates Warn

This year has seen a striking decline in all refugee admissions. At current rates, about 22,000 refugees will have resettled in the U.S. by Sept. 30, the end of the 2018 fiscal year. That is less than half the 2018 cap ...



The Arts Paper - “Peacebuilders” Hit The New Haven Green

An Israeli sits on one side of a divide, watching as his Palestinian counterpart works intently just feet away. The Palestinian has his eyes on the Israeli too, interest piqued by the latest flick of his wrist ...



New Haven Independent - Mural Unites Israeli, Palestinian Teens

Roommates Eliran Ben Yair and Abdullah Salha stroked a cerulean sea across a 48-foot canvas sprawled on the New Haven Green Tuesday afternoon ...



New Haven Register – Blumenthal: Local IRIS program a better alternative than border detention camps

After touring the tent city in Tornillo, Texas last month that is holding about 360 unaccompanied undocumented youth — some separated from their families while crossing the border ...



New Haven Register - Israeli, Palestinian youths, New Haven residents, gather to welcome refugees

People from around the world came together in the spirit of brotherhood and goodwill Tuesday on the New Haven Green, as they created a banner offering a warm welcome to refugees ...



NBC CT - Group Focuses on Acclimating Immigrants to Connecticut Through Education, Support Programs

A group that supports immigrants in their transition to the US is hoping to do more to help them settle in Connecticut. Divine Mahoundi fled to the United States from the Republic of Congo as a ...



New Haven Register - Refugees in New Haven learn about history of slavery, will tour the South

Growing up in Bogalusa, La., Charles Warner remembers segregation and the terror of the Ku Klux Klan. He remembers the day his father’s arm was mangled in an industrial ...



WTNH - Blumenthal: Reuniting immigrant families is better for kids, and more cost-effective

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke with immigrant students in New Haven Friday morning. The Democrat talked to immigrant children taking part in a summer program at Wilbur Cross High School ...


June 2018


WNPR - New Haven Area Refugees Share Their Stories In "The American Unicorn"

A new play at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre integrates the stories of real refugees trying to make a new life for themselves in the Elm City. Seven refugees, clients of ...



Community Leadership Program – Bridges: In Their Own Words on World Refugee Day

Let's choose our humanity. Our dream is to live in peace. Let’s choose to act now and create a better world for us, our children, and generations to come ...



WTNH – New Haven's IRIS weighs in on federal judge ruling

The images of the detention centers along the country's southern border are difficult for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services Director (IRIS) Director Chris George to see ...



Urdu VOA – امیگرینٹ سروسز کا امیگریشن پالیسیز پر احتجاج

امریکہ میں پہلے سے طے شدہ پروگرام کے تحت پناہ گزینوں کی آمد کا سلسلہ جاری ہے لیکن شام اور افغانستان سے آنے والے پناہ گزینوں کو امریکی ریاست کنیکٹیکٹ میں آباد کرنے والی ایک تنظیم انٹیگریٹڈ ریفیوجی اینڈ امیگرینٹ سروسز موجودہ حکومت کی امیگریشن پا...۔



WFSB – Local refugees react to Supreme Court travel ban ruling

The Supreme Court has spoken, Tuesday’s ruling upholds President Trump's travel ban.The ban that affects several Muslim countries.In the state, Muslim refugees fear this will endanger ...



WFSB – CT lawmakers discuss trip to Texas detention center

Sad and haunting, that's how Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal describes his visit with detained families at the Texas border. Blumenthal went to the US border Friday; the rest of the Connecticut ...



FOX61 – Protesters in New Haven call for elimination of ICE and border patrol

An hour long immigration rally outside of a New Haven church Wednesday, sent a clear message: the organizer and attendees want open borders ...

Photo: FOX61


Hartford Courant – Connecticut Politicians Turn Out To Rally For Immigrant Families

For Weruche Uzoka George, a Nigerian immigrant, Thursday marked five years since she had been granted citizenship in the United States. She chose to celebrate the day alongside ...



WSHU – World Refugee Festival Brings The Culture Of New Immigrants To New Haven

This Saturday, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, IRIS, is celebrating World Refugee Day with a food festival and concert in New Haven. One of the chefs invited reporters into her home ...



New Haven Independent – Refugees Unite One Dish At A Time

Zainab Al-Qaderi had a satisfied smile on her face as she presented her guests with her sweet Iraqi specialty called kanafa. The guests dug in, with their forks gently cracking ...



The Arts Paper - Long Wharf Gives Birth to a Unicorn

The American Unicorn began Friday with a simple premise: our power and our shared humanity live in our stories. The eight writer-narrators behind the play are all ...



New Haven Register – Food, music, rally Saturday in New Haven to support area refugees

Food, which creates a universal bond to bring people together, will be just one of the ways people can support and appreciate refugees in New Haven and beyond on Saturday ...



Immigrants In Connecticut Worry About Trump Travel Ban, But Supreme Court Ruling Wins Praise From Others

President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban divided the Supreme Court just as it did ordinary Americans, opening an ideological fissure between those who see it as a safeguard against chaos and terrorism, and those who say it betrays the country’s history of sheltering those who need it most ...


May 2018


New Haven Independent - A Refugee's Story

When other kids were in school, Gladys Mwilelo recalled, she was standing in line for water or out selling patties so her family could have enough money to eat …



The Arts Paper – Immigrants Land On The Green

32 immigrants and refugees will arrive on the New Haven Green this week, and remain there through August. You won’t be able to ask them their stories though—that will require a literal ...



Hartford Courant – New Haven Documentary Film Festival: 11 Days Of Non-Fiction Movies

The fifth annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival presents 11 days of nonfiction films, many of them focusing on Connecticut. More than 80 films ...



The Arts Paper – IRIS Starts Mother’s Day Early

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April 2018

BBC World News – Refugees of Connecticut

NPR – Immigrant Rights Advocates Say The ‘Muslim Ban’ Is Already Happening

Comcast Newsmakers – Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut

Yale Daily News – Local groups help hurricane evacuees

New Haven Register – ‘Something snapped’ when pastor was praying for refugees

BBC – Families caught in Trump’s refugee clampdown

New Haven Register – Bringing people together with public art

Yale Daily News – Symphony of steel fundraises for IRIS

Broadway World – The University of Saint Joseph Announces THE HEALING WORLD PROJECT

Yale Herald – Changing Gears

New Haven Register – Connecticut swears in new immigrants as Trump toughens against them

March 2018

Pavement Pieces – Syrian Teen Flees War to Life in Connecticut


February 2018

The Arts Paper – Filling the streets, thousands Run for Refugees

NBC Connecticut – Thousands attend 11th annual Run for Refugees

New Haven Register – Blumenthal visits refugee and  immigrant high school students

WFSB – Thousands to lace up sneakers to Run for Refugees in New Haven

News Channel 8 – Refugee students take part in education program

New Haven Independent – Blumenthal to refugee kids:  We’re proud of you

NBC Connecticut – Run for Refugees in New Haven on Super Bowl Sunday

Yale Daily News – Refugee run sees large turnout


January 2018

Courant – Trump’s Promise To End Visa Lottery And Family-Sponsored Immigration Draws Fire

The Day – New London forum on refugee resettlement features thriving families

The Day – Head of leading refugee aid group to attend forum in New London

Newstimes – Newtown refugee aid group hopes for new family to resettle

Global Sisters Report – Syrian refugee family lives, thrives on School Sisters’ Connecticut campus

Yale News Daily – Hundreds gather on travel ban anniversary

New Haven Independent – Grandparents Seek Travel Ban Break

New Haven Independent- Lunch with a new American

December 2017

New Haven Register – Letter to the editor: Refugees strive to contribute to America

New Haven Register – Register Person of the Year: Chris George, leader in refugee resettlement

Yale Daily News – Refugees sell clothes at holiday sale

New Haven Register – Muslim refugee teaches Hanukkah doughnut-making at New Haven synagogue

November 2017

New Haven Register – Malloy praises New Haven-based IRIS for refugee relocation

The Arts Paper – Their story is our story

Yale Daily News – A year after Trump, New Haven reflects

The Arts Paper – On Election Day, a refugee anniversary

Yale Herald – City Spokes: Biking for an Equitable New Haven

October 2017

Yale Daily News – IRIS holds refugee English classes

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

Middletown Press – Middletown Rotary to host performance on refugees


September 2017

Republican-American – Syrian family finds refuge in Waterbury

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

Hartford Courant – Opponents of Trump’s travel ban in CT predict newest version will fail

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)

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)

Letter: Love your neighbor as yourself

To the Editors: As members of Wilton’s Clergy Association, we feel compelled to speak out against the inhumane treatment that immigrant and refugee families are facing in our country. Our traditions speak with clear and strong voices as they teach that we are meant to welcome the stranger and care for the vulnerable.

Wilton Clergy Association Immigration OP-ED: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Letter: Love your neighbor as yourself

To the Editors: As members of Wilton’s Clergy Association, we feel compelled to speak out against the inhumane treatment that immigrant and refugee families are facing in our country. Our traditions speak with clear and strong voices as they teach that we are meant to welcome the stranger and care for the vulnerable.

Wilton Clergy Association Immigration OP-ED: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Letter: Love your neighbor as yourself

To the Editors: As members of Wilton’s Clergy Association, we feel compelled to speak out against the inhumane treatment that immigrant and refugee families are facing in our country. Our traditions speak with clear and strong voices as they teach that we are meant to welcome the stranger and care for the vulnerable.

Wilton Clergy Association Immigration OP-ED: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Letter: Love your neighbor as yourself

To the Editors: As members of Wilton’s Clergy Association, we feel compelled to speak out against the inhumane treatment that immigrant and refugee families are facing in our country. Our traditions speak with clear and strong voices as they teach that we are meant to welcome the stranger and care for the vulnerable.

Wilton Clergy Association Immigration OP-ED: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Mercy Quaye: First day of school jitters for refugee children

Education is the great equalizer, right? It’s not exactly a road, it’s more like a map you can use to better navigate life. For many, getting to that map means traveling to America, and that’s nothing new. It’s a tradition that has been upheld by generations of immigrants. And this week, as hundreds of thousands of Connecticut students head back to school, several hundred recently resettled families will be experiencing their first day while balancing the weight of current events with the excitement of something new.

Dennis Wilson (center) with IRIS students Abdoulhalim, Manayil, and Abdelaziz Yaya.