Tag: refugees

Event Pick: Creative Alliance hosts global craft making, food and music for World Refugee Day

Image via Creative Alliance

If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.

Hopkins’ Bloomberg School Offers Full-Ride Scholarships to Two Displaced Syrian Doctors

Courtesy Bloomberg School of Public Health

Two highly skilled Syrian refugees have been offered a home in Baltimore for the next year, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University.

World Relief in Baltimore Lays Off 140 Staffers Due to Trump’s Refugee Resettlement Restrictions

World Relief’s downtown Baltimore headquarters.

President Donald Trump’s restrictions on refugee resettlements in the United States have led a Baltimore-based evangelical agency that works with refugees to shutter some of its offices and lay off a chunk of its staff.

Thousands Protest Trump’s Immigration Order at BWI on Sunday Night

Courtesy Sen. Chris Van Hollen/Facebook

Marylanders filled Baltimore-Washington International Airport to the brim last night as they showed both their support for immigrants and foreign-born U.S. citizens and their contempt for President Donald Trump’s newest executive order.

Teenage Girl Leaves Hateful Note on Muslim Family’s Door in Dundalk

Courtesy of CAIR
Courtesy of CAIR

A 14-year-old girl who left an offensive message on loose-leaf paper on an Iraqi refugee family’s door in Dundalk is in big trouble – with her parents, that is. Police say the gesture was offensive, but not a criminal act.

Volunteer to Make Care Packages for Refugees


Brown paper package or gift with red heart shape valentine card.

In a time of national (and international) crisis, it’s easy to feel powerless, as though there’s nothing you can do to help. Fortunately, that’s not entirely true.

Baltimore Mayor SRB Welcomes Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon (Wikimedia Commons)
Syrian refugees in Lebanon (Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined a handful of other governors in announcing that he doesn’t want to accept any more Syrian refugees into the state “until the U.S. government can provide appropriate assurances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to public safety.” A few hours later, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement of her own.

Photojournalism 101: Non-profit Brings 100Cameras to Baltimore Youth



100cameras, a non-profit organization that empowers refugee children to capture their lives through photojournalism, will launch next month in Baltimore. The kids go through an intensive photojournalism course, sell their photographs and use the money to buy supplies, educational resources, and healthcare in local marginalized communities.

“We have implemented four projects in South Sudan, NYC, Cuba, and India. To date, our 36 student photographers have raised over $36,000 in photo sales that have funded medicine, food, computers, eyeglasses, and a protective fence,” says Claire Herron, the development director of the New York-based 100cameras.

The non-profit will partner with the Refugee Youth Project (RYP), a local organization that works closely with refugee youth in Baltimore. High school students from Bhutan, Burma, the Congo, Eritrea and Iraq will have the opportunity to participate in the 100cameras photojournalism program, which is designed to promote personal development through interactive writing activities, “photographer’s tool-belt” class sessions, and photography field expeditions around Baltimore.

DA Jack McCoy’s Triumphant Return to Baltimore!


Sam Waterston (aka District Attorney Jack McCoy) receives humanitarian award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthOkay, I know that saying that District Attorney Jack McCoy stopped by Baltimore last week is stretching it a bit… mostly because McCoy isn’t technically “real” or whatever. But a girl suffering from Law & Order withdrawal has to cling to whatever hope she’s got.

In reality, it was of course actor Sam Waterston who stopped by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to accept the school’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award. And while Jack McCoy may have been an upstanding DA, it turns out that Waterston himself might be an even more admirable person. “Mr. Waterston’s acting accomplishments are well-known, but his work as an advocate for the displaced victims of war is far less celebrated,” Michael Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School said at the ceremony. Refugees are Waterston’s particular area of advocacy; after starring in (and receiving an Oscar nomination for) The Killing Fields, a film about the Khmer Rouge’s brutal reign in Cambodia, Waterston became a board member of Refugees International. He’s also been active in many other charitable organizations.

If you missed the ceremony, check it out here. And if you just like picturing McCoy and his eyebrows frowning sagely at the mean streets of Baltimore, you might want to check out the two-part Homicide/Law & Order crossover episode “Baby, It’s You.”