Invisible Barriers to Belonging: Their Story is Our Story Presents at the 2023 Idaho Conference on Refugees
Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) was pleased to present at the 2023 Idaho Conference on Refugees held at Boise State University on February 22-23. In alignment with the conference theme Creating Connections, our TSOS team addressed three significant invisible barriers that we consistently encounter in our work and invited audience members to think about how local community members might leverage their inter- and intra- connections to help Forcibly Displaced Persons overcome invisible barriers so they might achieve an equal footing in society.
According to Mayor Lauren McLean, Boise is “a city committed to welcome” with goals emphasizing accessibility for language services, culturally appropriate care, expanded liaisons with police, diversity through community events, and access to books and media, especially in schools.
The conference hosted over 600 attendees who are dedicated to the cause of creating connected communities ranging from resettlement workers, college students and faculty, volunteers, K-12 educators, health care & social workers, counselors, employers, and New American professionals. Over the two days we found many opportunities to exchange best practices and collaborate with others who are doing expansive work in integrating newcomers.
Overall, the conference reaffirmed to us that refugee stories and the work TSOS is engaged in is having an impact and we thank Boise State University and the Idaho Office for Refugees for putting on a meaningful two-day event.
Review the Slides We Presented
If you would like to help create welcome in Idaho or another location, consider volunteering with one of our partner organizations linked within our Community Programs near you.
The Afghan Adjustment (AA) has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R.4627) and the Senate (S.2327) of the United States by a bipartisan group of legislators. We invite you to join us in honoring our promise to our Afghan allies by urging your representatives to pass the Afghan Adjustment!
Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Welcome.us Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.
If you have a story, experience or opinion to share in support of our Afghan allies, we ask you to share it to help us demonstrate public support for legislation that supports and aids these individuals and families.