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As World Relief Seattle’s Executive Director and an immigrant myself, I have seen the razor-thin line between security and insecurity that many immigrants experience. Never was this more clear to me than this year, as our office rallied to serve those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic wore on last year, we…

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The following reflection was written by World Relief Seattle intern, Katherine Abdallah. Katherine joined the team at World Relief during the pandemic, and spent her time assisting the Resettlement Team by scheduling appointments, helping tutor English, building study tools for the citizenship test, and otherwise assisting with the resettlement process under extraordinary circumstances. “If you…

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The following is a reflection written by Liz Hadley, Employment Specialist at World Relief Seattle. Pulling up to the McGlashan’s house, it seems as though you’re looking at the perfect retirement set up: a lovely house set on a quiet suburban street with two massive golden retrievers bounding out the front door. Their home appears to…

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The following is a reflection written by John Miller, Immigration Specialist at World Relief Seattle. He is accredited by the Department of Justice to practice immigration law.  Things have felt a little different for me since I’ve been back from Mexico.  It’s hard now to read these ideologically-charged news stories about “The Wall” and “The…

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The following reflection is written by World Relief Seattle intern, Aubrey Payne. Aubrey spends her days with World Relief accompanying people on appointments, helping out in English class, building relationships with newcomers, and otherwise assisting in the resettlement process. Every day that I spend with the participants at World Relief, I am reminded of the…

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After spending months in the Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma, Mamadou still had more waiting to do.  A federal judge had granted him asylum, and he was now free to start his new life here in America, but his life wasn’t whole.  He fled political persecution in Guinea 4 years ago when a gathering at his home was…

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The following is a reflection by Beth Watkins, World Relief Seattle Resettlement Intern. I’ve thought a great deal about my hometown lately. Being a fairly recent Seattle transplant, perhaps it’s simply homesickness finally kicking in. Perhaps the stark differences in landscape, the lack of familiar faces, and the infamous “Seattle freeze” are finally beginning to…

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