With the appalling news coming from the country’s southern border, where the U.S. government is detaining thousands of asylum-seekers who crossed the border illegally and separating children from their parents and putting them in cages, it is easy to feel equal parts outraged and helpless.
However, tonight offers to shine the spotlight on the International Rescue Committee (IRC) a group that has helped 10,665 refugees settle in the United States, according to internal figures. One of the group’s more than two dozen U.S. offices is located on N. Howard Street in Station North.
The documentary “This Is Home,” screening tonight at the Parkway Theatre, follows four Syrian refugees as they settle in Baltimore and begin to rebuild their lives, with some receiving help from the IRC.
Following the screening, director Alexandra Shiva, IRC Maryland executive director Ruben Chandrasekar and some of the people depicted in the film will take part in a panel discussion. A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s event will go to the IRC.
Of the current situation on the American-Mexican border, IRC says, “People fleeing from severe domestic violence, gang-related violence, or other forms of persecution perpetrated by non-state actors in Central America have credible claims and have the legal right to have their cases heard.”
6 p.m., The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (443) 438-6144, RSVP here, $25.