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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

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. ...


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 ...


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

Safia stood square shouldered at the front of a high-ceilinged room. She looked out into the audience, a group of close to 40 women staring back, and munching baklava ...



New Haven Independent - Great Give Ode: In Praise Of The Culturally Appropriate Hot Meal

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


More Articles

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)