Migration

'Too often we turn away': the faces of the global refugee crisis

Seeking Refuge - GSR is following the journeys refugees make: living in camps, seeking asylum, experiencing resettlement, and facing deportation to a country they may only vaguely remember or that may still be dangerous. Here are some of the faces you will meet in our Seeking Refuge series, tracing the path of refugees around the world.

Seeking Refuge: Global Sisters Report begins special series on refugees

Over the next several weeks, GSR will bring a sharper focus to the plight of refugees through a special series, Seeking Refuge, which will follow the journeys refugees make: living in camps, seeking asylum, experiencing resettlement and integration, and those who are deported to a country they may only vaguely remember or that may still be dangerous. Though not every refugee follows this exact pattern, these stages in the journey are emblematic for many — and at every stage, women religious are doing what they can to help.

All the Seeking Refuge series stories can be found here.

From Postville to Pentecost

On May 11, 2018, more than 200 people from around the country gathered at St. Bridget for a prayer service and rally. No longer alone, we have learned anew the value of community in fighting the attacks on our immigrant sisters and brothers. However, we admit to still being confused and afraid of what might happen next in this anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, "throw them all out" climate of 2018. Send us your Spirit, O God!

Postville faith leaders, immigrants look back on 10 years since raid

Postville, Iowa - On May 12, 2008, local police and federal immigration agents arrested 400 people at a meat-processing plant — a raid that disrupted hundreds of lives and changed this Iowa town. Ten years later, more than 300 people gathered at St. Bridget Church to mark the anniversary of the raid and to dedicate themselves to enacting change so similar raids do not happen again.

Les Champs de Booz helps vulnerable lone women seeking asylum in France

Paris - In 2003, 23 women religious congregations united to create Les Champs de Booz to help some of the most vulnerable refugees in France: single women who arrive on their own, fleeing a country where they are in danger. With a name inspired by the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, the ministry helps the women acclimate to France and navigate the process of applying for asylum.