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Amal Hassan, CVT Somali community liaison, comments on her experience moving to America and the importance of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

Amanda McDonald, CVT social worker and case manager, comments on the transformation her clients have experienced as a result of living at Sarah’s … an Oasis for Women.

Marie Soueid is CVT policy counsel.

Imagine for a moment that the entire population of Washington, D.C. suddenly takes refuge in Tennessee over the course of 5 short years. The new residents, however, are restricted from working, half of their children remain out of school, and housing prices continue to rise for both Tennesseans and Washingtonians.

Curt Goering

Curt Goering discusses the new book about Dadaab, "City of Thorns," with author Ben Rawlence.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, urges the international community to commit to a real solution to the Syrian crisis during the Feb. 4 conference in London.
Alan Goldfarb headshot

Guest blogger Alan Goldfarb writes about barriers to refugees and asylum-seekers due to far-reaching definitions of terrorism.

Marie Soueid, CVT policy counsel, comments on the needs of torture survivors as detailed in CVT’s Reclaiming Hope report.
December2015 StCloud Training Welcome

While news reports have focused on refugees desperately seeking safety and stability in Europe, other refugees who have been resettled are working to integrate into new communities such as St. Cloud, Minnesota. Earlier this winter, CVT facilitated a training and networking session in St. Cloud for professionals who work with refugee communities and for the newcomers themselves.

Rights and freedoms are the focus of this year’s Human Rights Day, according to the UN. Those rights and freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – are the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which applies to all human beings. But this year in particular, that last one, “freedom from fear,” gets stuck in my throat. Because we’re not all free from fear these days. Not by a long shot.

Annie Sovcik, director of CVT's Washington Office, urges lawmakers to not conflate the victims of mass government-sponsored atrocities and/or terrorist acts with the perpetrators of such horrific acts.

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