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June News & Highlights

A Day to Remember

This month the IRC in Sacramento celebrated the completion of our spring Mommy & Me ESL program. This program is essential in supporting refugee women in their resettlement journey as English is a vital component to life in the United States. 

One of our participants, Nilofar (middle), moved from Afghanistan to the U.S. three years ago. Through the Mommy & Me program she was able to improve her English which helped her obtain a job at a local department store. Nilofar is an example of how the Mommy & Me program can motivate students. Her goal is to continue improving her English in order to pursue formal education.

Ruth (left), one of our volunteer English language tutors, gave an inspiring speech to the graduates: "You are all unique...there is no one else like you and you have a gift to bring into this world." Ruth encourages her students to be curious and stay strong as they start new chapters in their lives.

Congratulations to Nilofar and the seventeen other Mommy & Me graduates who have worked diligently to learn English!

World Cup

Our mission is to help refugees make the transition from "harm to home." To that end, we actively collaborate with other resettlement agencies. The IRC in Sacramento, along with four resettlement agencies, joined forces to host World Refugee Day at Papa Murphy's Park this year. Amidst the carnival festivities was a refugee soccer tournament. Coined as Sacramento's own "World Cup," refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq formed teams for some friendly competition. 

Watching from the sidelines was Khalil, who has been a World Relief Sacramento caseworker for three years. Khalil said, "the most important thing is to take care and welcome our refugees so they can live in peace." World Refugee Day is here to remind us that every day, refugees come to the U.S. to start new lives and we all have a role to make refugees feel welcome. 

Shariff, a participant in the soccer tournament, moved from Afghanistan in 2015. He said, "when you move to a new country you start from zero...I'm grateful for the IRC and other organizations that make immigrant lives easier." 

Crossing an international border to seek asylum is legal. Learn more here.


Misha on a Mission

Misha, (above) one of our Housing and Logistics Caseworkers, sits in front of our box truck filled with donations received from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These donations are essential for helping establish homes for refugees in their initial step to creating a new life in Sacramento.

For Misha, supporting newly arrived refugees hits close to home. He came as a refugee from Russia in 2017. Upon his arrival, he was hired by the IRC as an interpreter until he was promoted to a Housing and Logistics Caseworker.

Misha reflected on the importance of the support he received during his first year in the United States. He is grateful for the opportunity to work at the IRC where he is able to help other newly arrived refugees successfully transition from harm to home while meeting new people and making a difference.

Staff Spotlight: Dina

Dina, our Senior Employment and Education Specialist, joined the IRC in Sacramento in February 2016. Dina has over ten years of teaching experience that she uses to motivate and empower refugee women to learn English. Dina is proud to be a part of the IRC family where she can improve her students' ability to navigate daily life with greater confidence. Thank you, Dina, for all of your hard work in the VESL and Mommy & Me programs!

In early April, the U.S. government formally introduced a “zero-tolerance” policy to prosecute all individuals apprehended between official U.S. ports of entry, including asylum seekers, in direct violation of U.S. international treaty obligations.

When families were apprehended crossing the border outside an official port of entry, parents were sent to federal prison and their children were placed in government custody at separate detention facilities. This practice resulted in a de facto family separation policy. More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19 through May 31 alone.

Learn more and take action here.

Get Involved 

BUY Laptops! Computer access is critical for refugees in both the process of resettlement and in the development of their careers. Donate a new laptop through our Amazon wishlist, or if you'd like to donate a gently used laptop email
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