"Welcoming Refugees" Brochure  Read refugees' stories and learn how you can help.  Download a  PDF of the brochure (465 kb).

A Future with Hope: Welcoming Refugees Video (DVD) 15:25
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Facts Have Faces: Refugees and other forcibly displaced people.  The six-page resource features the voices of refugees and internally displaced persons and stories of CWS response along with facts, figures and key terms.  Order online

"Print and Go" Refugee Resettlement Information Packet in two versions: Church Packet 2012 | Community Packet 2012

Book "Nine Thousand Nights" brings to life experiences of refugees from Burma in Thailand.  Get more information/order online

Refugees' Steps to U.S. Resettlement PDF

Refugee Resettlement: Health Screening PDF | Word

Refugee Resettlement: Media Strategy, A Resource for Affiliates and Cosponsors PDF | Word

Refugee Resettlement: Refugees' Rights in Media Interviews PDF | Word

Photo and Interview Release Form PDF | Word

Protection Mainstreaming Resources

Putting Safety and Dignity First: A guide to protective action in programming

The CWS protection mainstreaming manual and training pack are resources for CWS staff and partners as they seek to promote the safety, dignity and fundamental rights of individuals in all programs. The manual describes what protection is, who needs it, and the role that nongovernmental organizations and other actors play in providing it.  The training pack includes 13 activities designed to provide an understanding of protection and practical guidance on how to apply the protection framework to programming.

How CWS programs are protecting civilians' safety and dignity

This article, published in the March 2010 issue of Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, highlights the work of Church World Service in Afghanistan and the Giving Hope program, particularly in Kenya, and how that work is fostering community-based protection and empowerment.

Christian Hospitality and Welcoming the Stranger PDF | Word

Welcoming the Stranger: A Bible Study PDF | Word

Stations of the Cross: The Passion of Jesus and the Pain of Asylum Seekers (PDF, 89 kb)

The Bible as the Ultimate Immigration Handbook: Written by for and about migrants, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
PDF | Microsoft Word

Cultural Orientation Resources

Developed by the CWS-operated Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Africa, the following posters address key cultural orientation topics and may be useful in overseas cultural orientation, domestic cultural orientation, and welcoming community education. Some posters are available in multiple languages including in English, Amharic, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Oromo, Somali and Tigrinya. Use the links below to download or order.

Darfuri Family Profiles  Download | Order Online

Do’s and Don’ts of Travel  Download

DNA Testing is Easy  Download

Learning English Will Help You  Download | Order Online

P3 Application Process  Download | Order Online

Preparing for Your Travel  Download

Refugee Minor Counseling Visual Aid  Download

Repay Your IOM Loan  Download | Order Online

The Resettlement Process is Long  Download

The United States Refugee Admissions Program is Free  Download

United States Refugee Resettlement Process, Sub-Saharan Africa  Download | Order Online

What to Expect from Your Resettlement Agency  Download | Order Online

Resources on African Refugees

The Refugee Crisis in Africa: The Churches' Call to Care
A fact sheet on refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa, CWS response, and what you can do.

The Banyamulenge Tutsi: Survivors of the Gatumba Refugee Camp Massacre

Refugees from Asia

Thailand Burma Border Consortium
CWS is a founding member and supporter of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium, which provides food, shelter and capacity-building support to around 240,000 refugees and IDPs.

Karenni information from the IOM Cultural Orientation team in Thailand PDFWord

Burmese Refugee Camps in Thailand's Tak Province

Burmese Muslims

Karen Refugees from Burma in Tham Hin Camp: A Profile

Karen Refugees from Burma: A Backgrounder

 Neglected Emergencies: Burma from InterAction's "Monday Developments" magazine, July 31, 2006

Food List for Cosponsors of Refugees from Burma PDF | Word

UNHCR Fact Sheet on Bhutanese Resettlement to the United States

Refugees from the Middle East

Iraqi Refugees: Questions and Answers
Iraqi Refugee Resettlement: Talking Points
Fact Sheet for Iraqi Asylum Seekers

Refugees from the Americas

Refugee Assistance and Integration in Chile

Colombian Refugees Factsheet

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