Proud To Be an American
On June 21st, 2018, one of our very own case managers, Ally became a United States Citizen. In honor of International Day of Peace and Citizenship Day that was earlier this week, we celebrate and honor new American citizens like him. Ally, and many refugees just like him, represent the best of our nation’s values. Ally is a light for us all in persisting in the fight for human rights…
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Exodus Refugee Statement on Historically Low Refugee Admissions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS - Exodus Refugee Immigration is outraged by the Trump Administration’s decision to set the annual refugee admissions goal at just 30,000 individuals, an historic low. This decision is an affront to our values and another step in the dismantling of this humanitarian program. Our doors have always been open to people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war. Closing our doors creates an uncertain future…
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Exodus Statement on Family Separations at the Border
Exodus Refugee Immigration is appalled by the Trump Administration’s policy to separate children from their families at our southern border. Not only is this practice inhumane, it runs against decades of established U.S. policy as well as international asylum law. Individuals requesting asylum are not breaking the law, they are seeking protection by the law. We must not punish families seeking freedom and safety but instead, care for them in…
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Welcome Team Spotlight: The Gate
For Volunteer Appreciation Month, we appreciate all of our Welcome Teams for welcoming refugees to Indianapolis. Welcome Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. during their first few months. Learn more about one of our Welcome Teams, The Gate who have been working with The Gashumi family since the day they arrived at the Indianapolis airport. It was a surprise to…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Jess McGuire
For National Volunteer Month, we appreciate all of our volunteers for their commitment to making Indianapolis a welcoming city for refugees. We would like to highlight Jess McGuire who has been volunteering with Exodus since 2015. Jess sorts and organizes donated items in our donation warehouse at Exodus. Working in the donation warehouse is not an easy job.  Jess always goes above and beyond when she volunteers. The donation area…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Georgina Schneider
For National Volunteer Month, we appreciate all of our volunteers for their commitment to making Indianapolis a welcoming city for refugees. We would like to highlight Georgina Schneider, who has been volunteering with Exodus for the past four years. She started as a volunteer at one of our English classes. Now she tutors English to a refugee family in their home with help from her husband. Georgina and her husband…
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International Women’s Day: Meet Almaz & Delina
  On International Women’s Day, March 8, we honor the courage, strength, and resilience of refugee women like Almaz. Before being resettled in Indianapolis, Almaz was surrounded by corruption and injustice in her home country of Ethiopia. Escalating violence forced her to flee for her life to Sudan in 2005. From there, she traveled to Libya, and finally Malta--seeking a safe country to call home. After three years of interviews…
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One Year Later: A Syrian Family’s Life in Indy
A year ago, Syrian refugees Shereen and Fathi carried fear in their hearts and their nine-year old son Jowan in their arms. Today, the family is safe in their Indianapolis home, Jowan has access to medical care, including a wheelchair, and the only thing they carry is freedom. “The independence and safety I’ve seen here, we’ve never seen back home. By living in Indianapolis, we have seen the best.”
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She Makes Me Feel Like I Am Not a Refugee
This year, we piloted a Teen Women’s program for our young ladies from a variety of countries. The overall goal of the program was to empower refugee girls and young women as they navigate the challenges of adulthood and life in a new country. The program included workshops on topics like budgeting and finance, healthy relationships and sex education, and leadership and female equality in the workplace. The young women…
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Learning from my Elders
What refugees have to teach us “Arm. Armmmmm.” I repeat the word slowly, exaggerating the ending “m” sound as my elderly Congolese student mimics me. His facial muscles contort as he tries to make his mouth move in unfamiliar ways. We repeat the word several times, touching our arms as we do so to cement the meaning. He teaches me the word in Kinyarwanda and I repeat it, jotting it…
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Our Missing Refugee Neighbors
A letter from our Executive Director Cole Varga regarding the latest Executive Order. On January 30th of this year, one of our Syrian refugee families was anticipating the arrival of their relatives here in Indianapolis through the refugee program. These relatives in Jordan were packing their belongings and saying their goodbyes. However, with the signing of an Executive Order just a few days before their travel date, they were told…
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Global Women’s Friendship Dinner
When we share a meal together, we are not just feeding our empty stomachs, but also feeding our minds and fueling our hearts. The dinner table is a simple reminder that we are all human, and we all have more in common than we think. The most common language between one another is food. Food brings people together. One Wednesday, October 12 Duos Kitchen opened up their doors to us…
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Iraqi Pursues Dream Job at JW Marriott
A pivotal moment in a refugee’s new life in the United States is securing his or her first job. For Ramee, whose family fled persecution in Iraq, the JW Marriott Indianapolis has helped him realize his dream of working in Information Technology. Ramee started at the JW Marriott in housekeeping. “I was looking for a job in software development and IT,” he explained. “I was always at home on the…
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In the Spotlight: Morales Group Inc. Staffing
Exodus is grateful for the many community partners who make our work possible. Starting as a small family business in 2003, the Morales Group has quickly grown into a thriving source of employment in Indianapolis, and we're so lucky to have their support.
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A new wave of Burmese find refuge in Indiana
Communities thrive on compassion. Exodus has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylees from many countries, cultures, languages, faiths, and political opinions. We began in 1981 with the mission to serve the legal needs of immigrants and Cuban refugees, who had arrived as part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980.
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Hoping for an Airport Reunion: One Refugee Family’s Story
John Green welcomed a Burmese family and filmed their reunion of the husband reuniting with his wife after four years and meeting his four-year-old son for the first time. 
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Indiana Advocacy Groups Denounce Trump’s New Travel Ban
A press conference with ACLU, MAI (Muslim Alliance of Indiana) and Exodus Refugee Immigration was held at Exodus denouncing the 2.0 Muslim Travel Ban.  Read more at Indiana Public Media.
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As Indiana governor, Pence failed to exclude Syrian refugees. Now the federal administration he serves is trying nationally.
Exodus Refugee has continued to welcome and serve welcome refugees even though Mike Pence tried to stop them. Lababidi family was the first Syrian family Exodus welcomed in October 2014 are now worried after the Executive Order was announced.  Read more in the Washington Post.
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#RefugeesWelcome
Dear Friends of Refugees, On Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order that delivered a major blow to the refugee resettlement program. It is an unprecedented action in our nation's long history of welcoming refugees and it goes against everything we stand for as Americans. I am thankful that none of Exodus' refugee families were en route during the detainments at the airport this weekend, but also heartbroken for those…
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