WBEZ | refugees http://www.wbez.org/tags/refugees Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The legality of immigrant children in detention centers http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-27/legality-immigrant-children-detention-centers-112751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.wbez.org/" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image "><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221172985&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></div><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Judge rules against immigrant children in detention centers</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Last week a federal judge in California ordered the government to promptly release immigrant children from family detention centers &quot;without unnecessary delay,&quot; and &ldquo;with their mothers when possible.&rdquo; The judge denied the government&rsquo;s request to reconsider a ruling she made earlier this summer, requiring that children held in family detention centers after crossing the US-Mexico border illegally be released. She refuted the government&rsquo;s argument that the release of the minors would cause another surge of illegal immigration across the border. Government agencies have until October 23rd to comply with the order. Rachel Tiven, an immigration attorney and executive director of Immigrant Justice Corps joins us to talk about the ruling and what happens next to the families who have been held in detention.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong><em> Rachel B. Tiven is an immigration attorney and the executive director of Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC)</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221173500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">What can Europe do about its refugees?</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>This week Hungary has seen a surge in the number of migrants trying to enter the country, many coming from Syria. Hungary is considering sending in its army to help reinforce the border and keep migrants from crossing over its southern border with Serbia. Hungary has already been working on a border fence to prevent people from entering the country. We&rsquo;ll look at what&rsquo;s been happening in Hungary and talk about the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe with Elizabeth Collett, the director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-86af05ce-70be-337a-d70c-ddad02c97ffa"><a href="http://twitter.com/migrationliz">Elizabeth Collett</a> is the director of Migration Policy Institute Europe. She is based in Brussels.</span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221173867&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: GirlForward</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Blair Brettschneider, founder of GirlForward, returns for our Global Activism series. GirlForward mentors refugee girls and provides &ldquo;educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.&rdquo; Since 2011, Brett has expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one Tanzanian girl, to scores around the world. Blair will talk about her latest group of refugee girls, especially her work with Syrian refugees. GirlFoward&rsquo;s annual celebration, &ldquo;Girl Jam&rdquo;, takes place on September 20th, 2015 at Firehouse Chicago.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-86af05ce-70c0-b1cc-8b8e-0273e1a5cfff"><a href="http://twitter.com/@blairb2641">Blair Brettschneider</a> is the founder of <a href="http://twitter.com/GirlForward">GirlForward</a>.&nbsp;</span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-27/legality-immigrant-children-detention-centers-112751 Global Activism: GirlForward expanding help for refugees http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221173867&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Blair Brettschneider, founder of <a href="http://www.girlforward.org">GirlForward</a>, returns for our </span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series. &nbsp;GirlForward mentors refugee girls and provides &ldquo;educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.&rdquo;<span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-7627-fa5f-613f-21d5dde24703">Since 2011, Brett has expanded her work helping refugee girls find new lives in America from just one Tanzanian girl, to scores around the world.&nbsp;</span>Blair will talk about her latest group of refugee girls, especially her work with Syrian refugees.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://https://publicgood.com/org/girlforward/donate/girl-jam-2015"><strong><span>GirlFoward&rsquo;s annual celebration, &ldquo;Girl Jam:</span></strong></a></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Sunday, September 20, 4 - 7 PM</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9877e70-762e-0b6f-dddb-51d225d1455e">Firehouse Chicago, 1545 W. Rosemont Ave.</span></p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-girlforward-expanding-help-refugees-112767 A Jewish reporter in Iran http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-18/jewish-reporter-iran-112678 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219829863&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">A Jewish reporter in Iran</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>It took The Forward&rsquo;s Larry Cohler-Esses two years to get a journalist&rsquo;s visa to enter Iran. He became the first journalist from an American Jewish publication to be given an Iranian visa since 1979. While reporting in Iran, Esses was required to use a government approved fixer to set up his interviews but he says he was able to choose who he wanted to interview. He wrote about his trip in a recent article, &#39;A Jewish Journalist&rsquo;s Exclusive Look Inside Iran&#39;. Esses joins us to tell about his trip and what he learned about the country&rsquo;s attitudes towards Israel, Jews and the West.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong><em>&nbsp;<span id="docs-internal-guid-02eb1e6b-4267-0513-7b5b-c2445433270b">Larry Cohler-Esses is </span>assistant managing editor for news at <a href="http://twitter.com/jdforward">&#39;The Forward&#39;</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219830177&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Refugees flock to Kos</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Europe&rsquo;s refugee crisis is front and center on the island of Kos. The Greek island has been overwhelmed by migrants in recent months. It&rsquo;s estimated that about 124,000 people have come by sea to the Greek islands this year, many fleeing the war in Syria. Kos has found itself unprepared for the large numbers and people have been camping out on the beaches and on the streets. Tensions are high on the island which is normally a popular tourist destination. We&rsquo;ll talk with AP correspondent Nicholas Paphitis, who has been reporting on the conditions in Kos.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-02eb1e6b-4269-7962-da35-086a93d594b7">Nicholas Paphitis is a correspondent with the <a href="http://twitter.com/AP">Associated Press</a>.</span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219831035&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Garbage collection, presidency suffer, in Lebanon&#39;s political stalemate&nbsp;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Lebanon&rsquo;s parliament failed, for the 27th consecutive time, to elect a president. One consequence of failure is that Lebanese citizens are not receiving essential goods and services. For example, lack of garbage pickup has caused an environmental and health crises in Beirut. The stalemate has many observers concerned that the fragile peace between Christians and Muslims could be in jeopardy. In Syria, a tentative cease-fire fell apart between opposition forces and president Bashar al-Assad&rsquo;s government. While some EU leaders and President Obama still call for regime change, there are reported rumors of back-channel talks between al-Assad and the West that could leave him in power. We&rsquo;ll get updates on Lebanon and Syria with Joe Kechichian, a Gulf States scholar and senior writer for the Dubai-based Gulf News. He&rsquo;s written numerous books on the Gulf region, including his latest, Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a921ae59-426c-11f9-e505-00960c837608">Joe Kechichian</span> is a senior writer for the Dubai-based <a href="http://twitter.com/gulf_news">Gulf News</a> and an author specializing on the Gulf region. His latest book is &#39;Legal and Political Reforms in Sa&lsquo;udi Arabia&#39;.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-18/jewish-reporter-iran-112678 The Tianjin explosion and China's regulatory practices http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-17/tianjin-explosion-and-chinas-regulatory-practices-112670 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219667588&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Is the Tianjin explosion a warning for China?</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Last Wednesday, in Tianjin China, a fire at a warehouse storing volatile chemicals killed at least 56 people and injured several hundred others. This is just the latest in a series of industrial accidents that have happened in the last decade as China has seen rapid industrialization and economic growth. The government has tried to keep tight control over the information regarding the investigation as to what might have caused the fire and whether anyone should be held accountable. Wen Huang, author of &#39;The Little Red Guard and Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel&#39;, joins us to talk about the large numbers of industrial accidents and what he says are a lack of regulations geared to preventing such tragedies.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c7d1f529-3d23-5600-1005-fd547bd67fdd">Wen Huang is a journalist and author of of the books &#39;</span>The Little Red Guard&#39; and &#39;A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money and an Epic Power Struggle in China&#39;.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219667949&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Inside &#39;The Jungle&#39;: The Calais refugee crisis</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>The refugee camp known as &lsquo;The Jungle&rsquo; is only a few months old, and is already one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Close to the Port of Calais in France, the camp is the last stop for many seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. Casualties in the camp continue to rise as refugees attempt to cross the border by jumping on&nbsp;buses&nbsp;or trains headed for the Channel Tunnel. Shailja Sharma is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of International Studies at DePaul University. She joins us to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis in Calais, and how it is shaping the immigration debate in Europe.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c7d1f529-3d26-3cb2-2a44-b5cd3b37b65b">Shailja Sharma </span>is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of International Studies at DePaul University.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219668914&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The threat against Mexico&#39;s journalists</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Protesters are in the streets of Mexico City to draw attention to the continuing murders of journalists and human rights activists. In early August, five people, including photojournalist, Rubén Espinosa, and human rights activist, Nadia Vera, were found shot dead in a Mexico City apartment. Vera and three other female victims exhibited evidence of sexual torture. Espinosa and Vera were two of many who&rsquo;ve fled from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz, a place of increased violence and murder against journalists and activists. Espinosa was one of at least 12 murdered Veracruz journalists since 2011. We&rsquo;ll talk about the killings with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program for the Center for International Policy, based in Mexico City. She also hosts the online television program , &ldquo;Interview from Mexico&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c7d1f529-3d29-18cb-e639-4b6342b5e0e0"><a href="http://twitter.com/cipamericas">Laura Carlsen</a>, director of the Americas Program for the Center for International Policy, based in Mexico City and the host of the online television program, &#39;Interviews from Mexico&#39;.</span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-17/tianjin-explosion-and-chinas-regulatory-practices-112670 UN cuts Syria food aid http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-02/un-cuts-syria-food-aid-111176 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP183970380655.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The United Nations World Food Program has been forced to suspend food aid to Syria. Lina Sergie Attar has just returned from the Syrian border. She joins us to discuss the impact of the cuts.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-un-cuts-syria-food-aid" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: UN cuts Syria food aid" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-02/un-cuts-syria-food-aid-111176 Combating corruption in India http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-02/combating-corruption-india-110884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP120325014328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>India has faced an uphill battle in fighting corruption. But several months ago it passed legislation to protect whistleblowers. Public interest attorney Prashant Bhusan joins us to discuss whether the new law is having an impact.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-corruption-in-india/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-corruption-in-india.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-combating-corruption-in-india" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Combating corruption in India" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-02/combating-corruption-india-110884 ISIS' control over Turkey http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP271060793441.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, ISIS returned 46 hostages to Turkey, which has said it will not engage in military operations against the terrorist organization. We discuss Turkey&#39;s complicated relationship with ISIS with professor Henri Barkey.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-september-25-2014" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: ISIS' control over Turkey" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-25/isis-control-over-turkey-110854 Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP56838941181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syrian and Iraqi refugees are pouring into Europe to escape ongoing conflicts in their countries. We&#39;ll discuss how Europe has been handling the influx with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 Refugee youth services threatened http://www.wbez.org/news/refugee-youth-services-threatened-110656 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Refugee kids (1).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As families prepare for a new school year, some of the most vulnerable kids and parents may have to go it alone. Refugee assistance programs in Illinois are set to lose a federal grant that helps K-12 students transition to life in the U.S., and that supports critical resources for teachers and refugee parents.</p><p>&ldquo;This program will pretty much shut down as of August 14 of 2014,&rdquo; said Melineh Kano, Executive Director of RefugeeONE, a refugee resettlement agency in Chicago. The organizations youth program provides after-school tutoring and social gatherings for roughly 250 refugee children every weekday during the school year, as well as weekend, in-home tutoring for refugee children who often come to the U.S. with little to no English skill, and often below grade level.</p><p>Additionally, the program&rsquo;s case workers are critical to enrolling children in schools when families first arrive, as many refugee parents are unable to fill out the paperwork themselves, and rarely understand what type of documentation they are required to bring to register their children.</p><p>&ldquo;Many of the parents that we are serving haven&rsquo;t really had the opportunity to deal with any formal school systems,&rdquo; explained Kano. &ldquo;So they depend on us to help them and orient them.&rdquo;</p><p>But this year, Kano and those who work with other refugee assistance programs in Illinois, are fretting over whether they&rsquo;ll have money to continue supporting kids and their families through the school year. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement largely funds refugee services, and has recently warned assistance organizations that money is getting tight &mdash; because it also is responsible for the care and shelter of unaccompanied children who are caught illegally migrating to the U.S. The number of children detained since June of 2013 has surged, prompting the ORR to divert money that was earmarked for refugees to deal with the situation.</p><p>Since <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/feds-set-divert-refugee-funds-deal-unaccompanied-minors-110594">WBEZ last reported on this</a>, ORR has announced that it will restore funding to some core services. However, discretionary grants that pay for K-12 support, senior services and preventative health programs remain in jeopardy. In Illinois, youth services received $711,729 last fiscal year.</p><p>Kano said ORR money makes up about 80 percent of the budget for RefugeeONE&rsquo;s youth program. If that money is not renewed, she said she&rsquo;ll be left with less than one full-time employee to handle K-12 services. She said that means newly-arrived refugee families wouldn&rsquo;t receive the basic education that her organization promotes.</p><p>&ldquo;Something as simple as you have to dress your kids properly for school and you have to feed them breakfast before they go to school,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;because otherwise the teacher is going to notice that your child is not well taken care of, and they might call the Department of Child and Family Services for neglect.&rdquo;</p><p>Kano said extreme examples like that are rare, but they could happen more often without the support and intervention of RefugeeONE&rsquo;s case workers. More common are everyday household issues that refugee parents run into, often because they don&rsquo;t know how to support their kids in a new environment.<br /><br />&ldquo;I had a problem with my son,&rdquo; said Amal Khalid, a refugee who arrived from Sudan with her three children last year. &ldquo;My son (didn&rsquo;t) listen to me, and he (didn&rsquo;t) do his homework, and everything. Just he want to sit and watch TV and playing.&rdquo;</p><p>Khalid said a staff member at RefugeeONE helped by making a schedule for her 8-year old son.</p><p>&ldquo;She said you give him this routine for everything,&rdquo; she explained. &ldquo;When he (wakes) up, (goes) to school and he (comes) back, eat, and like one hour for writing, reading. I can&rsquo;t do that by myself.&rdquo;</p><p>Khalid said her son&rsquo;s back on track now.</p><p>RefugeeONE&rsquo;s youth program also provides a critical, one-stop shop for many teachers who need help reaching students&rsquo; families.</p><p>&ldquo;If something arises throughout the year, that&rsquo;s my first contact, again mostly because of the language barrier,&rdquo; said Benjamin Meier, a math teacher at Roosevelt High school. The school has kids from more than 40 language backgrounds, including Arabic, Nepali, Amharic, Tigrinya, Karen, Zomi, Swahili, Dzongkha, and more.</p><p>Meier said RefugeeONE not only helps him communicate with parents, but also teaches parents how to get involved in their children&rsquo;s education.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of the parents traditionally just defer to whatever the school says,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;We prefer more of a give-and-take.&rdquo;</p><p>Meier said RefugeeONE&rsquo;s youth program has been effective because it brings in families&rsquo; case workers to craft holistic approaches to children&rsquo;s success.</p><p>Kano said RefugeeONE will dip into its general funds to keep services going through September. But if federal funds aren&rsquo;t released by then, the organization is planning to discontinue its youth support in October.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/refugee-youth-services-threatened-110656 Global Activism: Somali Women Association of Illinois helping refugees http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somali-women-association-illinois-helping-refugees-110614 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ga-nana profile_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-68f46e64-b189-5f5b-2f0a-bc3933c46009">Nana Ahmed grew up as a Somali refugee in Yemen. When she came to America, Nana wanted to give back by helping refugees like herself. She, along with seven other Chicago women, formed <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SWAI2014">Somali Women Association of Illinois</a> (SWAI). They provide education and housing assistance, job training and health access to try and help refugee women and their families settle into their new lives. Nana will share her own experience and how it&rsquo;s helped dozens of refugees.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162151706&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-somali-women-association-illinois-helping-refugees-110614