120 Stories: Day 72
“My dad works in Refugee Resettlement and he asked me if I wanted to work with him at the office. He talked about refugees at home and told us all these incredible and sometimes horrible stories. In Japan, I had never heard of them before. People think that there are not so many refugees here and if they do know, they think they’re not good. When I heard my dad’s stories, I became interested. When I grow up, I want to study education and research different education methods.”
About 120 Stories in 120 Days
In March 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Among other things, this executive order was intended to halt the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduce the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. Although the travel ban was stopped by the courts, Catholic Charities Atlanta, created the 120 Stories in 120 Days Project in order to tell the stories of those individuals who have fled their home due to violence or persecution.
This project will tell 120 stories of clients, staff, volunteers, and community members involved with our resettlement program. Our hope is that these stories will humanize the refugee crisis, highlight the successes and the contributions that refugees make to their local communities, and help readers understand that our similarities far outweigh our differences.
In his address to Congress in September 2015, Pope Francis reminded us all to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves…The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” Catholic Charities Atlanta remains in solidarity with those we serve.
If you would like to donate to help Catholic Charities Atlanta continue our important work supporting refugees and immigrants, please click here: https://give.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/supporting-refugees-and-immigrants.
If you have a story to share, please contact Kimberly Longshore at KLongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org