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To learn more about the refugee crisis, refugee resettlement, the vetting process, where, how and what others are doing to welcome refugees, we suggest clicking on the following links for full facts and information.

Latest News about U.S. Refugee Program 

Refugee Admissions 2020 Q1 Report

Admissions & Arrivals Statistics

Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2020

This Is How Private Citizens Could Help Refugees Come to the U.S.

RCUSA - Refugee Council USA

Keeping Refugees Out Makes the United States Less Safe

Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden, Pew Research Center, March 14, 2019

Veterans Applaud Inclusion of Four Thousand Additional Visas for Afghan Allies in Compromise Spending Bill, February 19, 2019

Building Cohesive Communities in an Era of Migration and Change Welcoming America, February 2019

Is it legal to cross the U.S. border to seek asylum?  IRC, March 1, 2019

Which U.S. presidents supported refugees? Take the quiz IRC, February 15, 2019

Madeleine Albright and David Miliband: Welcoming refugees makes total economic sense, February 1, 2019, by Madeleine Albright and David Miliband

10 things President Trump doesn't understand about refugees  IRC,  September 29, 2017

Why should America take in more refugees? Get the facts on the refugee cap IRC, September 17, 2018

Seven people who have stood with refugees: then and now IRC, June 19, 2018

After Trump travel ban, refugees to New York plummet, (USA Today), November 21, 2018

U.S. Refugee Program 'In Danger' Amid Steep Drop In Refugee Arrivals, Advocates Warn, July 24, 2018

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees

Immigrants as Economic Contributors: Refugees Are a Fiscal Success Story for America

Ten Facts about US Refugee Resettlement

Pew Research: Key Facts About Refugees

#FACTS MATTER Get the Fact Sheet: Discover info missing from today's immigration debate

Making Sense of the Decline in U.S. Refugee Admissions, April 13, 2018 Gabe Cahn

Blog Stories-Refugee Resettlement HIAS

HIAS Newsroom

Human Rights First on Refugee Resettlement

General Information on Refugees: Refugee Council USA

Learning More About Refugees: Cultural Orientation Resource Center

Quick Facts from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees

The Refugee Processing Center 

US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration

#FactsMatter: Facts about Immigrants 

Fact Sheet on Immigrants

More about SIVs


Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters

Former interpreters for U.S. troops wait out the State Department — and the Taliban — as visas decline, Washington Post, January 23, 2019

I Am a Survivor, The Alien Chronicles, January 23, 2019, podcast interview of Hearts & Homes for Refugees WRI Ambassador Reshad Ahmad

HHR Fact Sheet on SIVs, November 2018

The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program by Human Rights First, September 19, 2018

How the Trump Administration's Executive Orders on Refugees Harm Our Iraqi Wartime Allies, Human Rights First, September 19, 2018

Father and son begin new life in Rochester,, October 25, 2018 

Afghan translators risked their lives to help US military, why are we denying them visas?, USA Today, September 10, 2018

We Broke a Promise to Military Translators. Now they're Hunted by the Taliban. Two-minute video on Facebook featuring former U.S. General David Petraeus, veteran and Senator Tammy Duckworth, veteran and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, discussing the importance of the SIV program and why they're calling on Congress to make these interpreters "Honorary Veterans." May 24, 2018

Vetting/Screening Of Refugees

Security Screenings of Refugees Admitted to the United States

How the US Screens Syrian Refugees

The Refugee Resettlement Process: USCRI

Best Practices for Community Welcoming

Volunteers and Sponsors: A Catalyst for Refugee Integration?

HIAS How To Help Refugees

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) Connecticut

Welcoming America 

Church World Service - Welcoming a Refugee

Ways to Welcome Refugees

Stories About Refugee Families 

NYC Displaced Kitchens Series 

NYS Mortgage Agency  Since 1970, The State of New York Mortgage Agency has been providing financing and programs designed for first-time low- and moderate-income homebuyers in New York State.

The Education of Immigrant Children, December 11, 2015

For Refugees in America, an Unfulfilled Dream, March 12, 2018

90 Days To Start A New Life: For Refugees In The U.S., What Happens Next? by Melissa Nadworny 3/9/18

In praise of refugee chefs: They came from Syria, but they represent an American ideal   December 7, 2017

Tracking the Refugee Ban   JUL 18, 2017 Gabe Cahn,

"Hello Neighbor" Builds Cultural Bridges for Refugees in Pittsburgh, August 5, 2017

This small town in America's Deep South welcomes 1,500 refugees a year, Katy Long, 05/24/2017

'I'll Take any Job': These Syrian Refugees Are Struggling to Find Work in America, Willa Frej, 03/30/2017

Syrian Refugees to be Resettled in the Hudson Valley, 10/26/16

Syrian Refugees in Connecticut, A Helping Hand From Private Volunteers By Deborah Amos, 10/30/16

New York Church Answers Bishop’s Call to Assist Refugees  By Linnet Tsem, 08/15/2016

Connecticut Set to Take in Record Number of Refugees By Lori Mack, 08/16/2016

#RefugeesWelcome: Finding Safety After Being Stranded by Syrian War    By Sana Mustafa, New York, New York

Ridgefield Group Solicits Support For Refugee Resettlement   By Tom Renner 08/09/2016

Syrian Refugees Take Root in Tri-State Area  By Kate King, 08/05/2016, WSJ

U.S. Poised to Hit Goal of Welcoming 10,000 Syrian Refugees  by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 08/05/2016

How Swedes Took a Refugee Crisis Into Their Own Hands by TakePart, 10/03/16

Adopt-a-refugee plan under consideration by Obama administration by Bloomberg, 10/04/16

How to Make It as a Refugee in America, by FastCo, 09/13/16

Yara, My Friend from Syria, by Alhan Rahimi

Cornwall Refugee Group Raises Thousands to Settle Syrian RefugeesThe Guardian

Post Resettlement Information

NYS Mortgage Agency  Since 1970, The State of New York Mortgage Agency has been providing financing and programs designed for first-time low- and moderate-income homebuyers in New York State.

Green Card Application Process in Westchester County: for more information, email info@heartsandhomesforrefugees or

Humanitarian Organizations & Government Resettlement Agencies

NY State Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA) 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  - Refugee Processing and Security Screening

Cultural Orientation Center

Welcoming America (The Office of Refugee Resettlement)

Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS)

Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society (HIAS)

Church World Service

The International Institute of Connecticut

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)  (Connecticut)

The National Refugee Resettlement And Immigrant Assistance Database

Why the US Welcomes Refugees

Veterans for American Ideals 

REPORT JUNE 2017 From Struggle to Resilience The Economic Impact of Refugees in America, New American Economy

TED Talk: "The refugee crisis is a test of our character" (David Miliband)

For U.S. veteran, compassion for refugees is key to genuine security, Joanne Levine, May 26, 2017

Catholic Charities: In Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees 

Catholic Charities: Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees 

Immigrants and Refugees Add to the American Fabric, December 8, 2016

National Security Voices on Refugee Resettlement,  Human Rights First Fact Sheet

Letter To Editor: Larchmont Rector Defends Church's Helping Refugees by Rev. Joe Greene, July 29, 2016 

Cardinal-Designate Tobin Makes Case for Welcoming Syrian Refugees by Michael O'Loughlin, October 16, 2016

Documentary Films

What They Took with Them

Salaam Neighbor

Pelham Picture House Documentary on Hearts and Homes for Refugees


Veterans for American Ideals  - Scott Cooper, Former Marine,"Veterans for American Ideals is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals....Duty and service is the ultimate American Ideal...commitment to service never stops."

For U.S. veteran, Scott Cooper, compassion for refugees is key to genuine security, Joanne Levine, May 26, 2017

Here’s What It’s Like To Lobby For Refugee Lives: Texas lawmakers haven’t been that friendly to refugees. Advocates are trying to change their minds. by Elise Foley, HuffPost Jun 23, 2017

Senator Chuck Schumer Schumer Opposes 'Pause' for Syrian Refugee Program  by SEUNG MIN KIM 11/19/2015 04:00 PM EST

Refugees as assets not burdens: The role of policyDany Bahar and Meagan DooleyThursday, February 6, 2020