Episcopal Migration Ministries

Refugees face down some of the most dire and difficult circumstances imaginable, fleeing their countries to escape persecution, oppression, and war. Episcopal Migration Ministries welcomes refugees to peaceful homes and hopeful futures in the United States, partnering with faith groups, volunteers, community organizations, and many other local supporters to build a foundation for success for these new Americans. In its 2011 program year, Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of local affiliate partners assisted more than 3,600 refugees from 34 countries. From the moment they arrive in their new communities, refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome the stranger through this ministry each year.


January 23, 2014

When you speak with refugees about their initial experiences resettling in the United States, one of the first things they often describe is the difficult adjustment to a new climate. For newcomers from Africa, the Middle East, and other...

January 23, 2014

Sal Rubino’s family came to the United States as immigrants from Italy, and he grew up with the story of how hard work and perseverance made a better life possible in America. Rubino and his wife Cindy own and operate The Café, a popular...

January 23, 2014

As we journey through the holy season of Epiphany, we at Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) are given pause to reflect on our call to the ministry of refugee resettlement. The image of the Holy Family in EMM’s logo takes on new...

January 23, 2014

On a recent cold, snowy night, a group of parishioners and refugee supporters gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, to witness a heart-warming performance. The Kentucky Refugee Children’s choir – formed in 2013...

November 26, 2013

October 2 was a happy day in the Lexington, Kentucky, offices of Kentucky Refugee Ministries. A visit from a supportive hiring manager from an environmental services firm ended with seven of the agency’s refugee clients securing their...

November 26, 2013

Refugee children who are new to the United States encounter many of the same challenges as adults. They must acclimate to a new culture, new surroundings, and in many cases, a new way of interacting with those around them. Many refugee...


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Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were refugees. The Holy Family’s experience is mirrored today in...

“The influx of vulnerable people from Central America, including unaccompanied minors as well...

This week, on June 20, refugees and their supporters across the globe will observe World...

Jesus, Mary and Joseph became refugees in a foreign land. Today, the Holy Family’s experience...



Since 2011, the number of unaccompanied immigrant children making the dangerous journey from Central America to the southern border of the United States has increased more than sevenfold, with arrivals potentially exceeding 60,000...

On August 13, 2014, Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Office of Justice and Advocacy Ministries hosted a webinar about the Central American migrant crisis on the southern border. This document shows the slides used in that...

Rooted in the gospel mandate to welcome the stranger and decades of refugee resettlement experience, the Episcopal Church applauds the introduction of the Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act H.R. 6460.

Information about refugees and the role of The Episcopal Church in refugee resettlement.


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Iraqi Christian refugees find new life in Paris

Following persecution and death threats, indigenous Chaldean Christians from Iraq are offered refuge in Paris with help from l'Association d'Entraide aux Minorités d'Orient and the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

Allison Duvall on immigration

Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ program manager for church relations and co-sponsorship, attended the Church World Service Summit on Immigration in Washington, D.C., Oct 7-8.

The Rev. Fabio Sotelo on being an immigrant, a voice for immigrants

The Rev. Fabio Sotelo, a Hispanic missioner from the Diocese of Atlanta, attended the Church World Service Summit on Immigration in Washington, D.C., Oct. 7-8.

Sergio's Story

Sergio Plecas was a teenager when civil war broke his country apart and sent him fleeing from refugee camp to refugee camp alongside his mother. An opportunity to resettle in the United States took the pair to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where 10 years later Sergio's found his version of the American dream, thanks in part to a helping hand from the local EMM affiliate.

Wahab's Story

Abdulwahab Alabid came to the United States after he was forced to flee Iraq where his job for a U.S. government contractor led to threats against his family. "Nobody wants to flee his country," Wahab notes, but the family is making the most of the freedom, safety and welcome they've found in the U.S.

Episcopal Migration Ministries -- Advancing a Legacy of Welcome

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a program of the Episcopal Church, present in 31 different communities around the U.S. EMM serves and welcomes vulnerable refugees from around the world.