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Dozens of Ukrainian refugees have found a temporary home in a Polish palace. A Colorado coalition is paying for their stay.

Each week, Valeria Baklanovski’s aunt stops by her family’s apartment and waters the flowers. They’re one of the few remaining signs of life in their home in Ukraine, still blooming at a time their city has shriveled under occupation by Russian forces. It’s been more than two months since Baklanovski and her parents fled Kherson, […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Newsletters

The nearly 2,000 Afghan refugees who recently arrived in Colorado have found a community ready to help

When Rafi and his family left Afghanistan in 2014, they feared both for their lives and the unknown ahead.  Like other Afghans who worked alongside U.S. forces, the former interpreter and investigator was forced to leave behind his parents, siblings and hometown, Kabul. When he arrived in Colorado on a special immigrant visa, he had […]

Posted inBusiness, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado farmworker rights and wages bills signed into law, along with other measures aiding immigrants

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Thousands of immigrant farmworkers in Colorado will soon have state minimum wage, overtime and labor organizing rights under Senate Bill 87, signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. Polis also signed into law a measure to create a state fund to help indigent immigrants get legal representation […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: America’s refugee program has been dismantled. Here’s how we should rebuild under Biden.

Just over a year ago, though it seems longer for various reasons, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning made the difficult decision to permanently close Denver’s beloved Spring Café. The eatery and meeting spot was popular among Capitol Hill residents, tourists, and workers alike, but it was founded on a mission we were struggling to fulfill. […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health

On Edge: With family missing in Ethiopia’s civil war, Denver woman says her “mind is the hardest place to be”

Millete Birhanemaskel, a refugee, long-time Denver resident and businesswoman, grappled with 2020 as many others have: She tried to protect her family, her employees, her tenants from COVID’s reach. She worried about the presidential election. And she managed to keep her coffee shop, the Whittier Cafe, from going under. She knew already what it was […]

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An El Salvadoran refugee family sparks a Colorado author to reflect on the impact of childhood memories

Kelsey Freeman is a writer and educator born in Denver and raised in Carbondale. Her writing focuses on immigration policy, Indigenous rights, social justice, and public policy. After graduating from Bowdoin College, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English and study migration in central Mexico. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon and runs a college-readiness program […]

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Asylum-seekers find compassion, resources at “House of Peace” once released from Aurora immigration center

Gurwinder Singh Aujla was unsure of what to do after winning his asylum case and being released from the privately owned Federal ICE Processing Center in Aurora. The 19-year-old from India was legally allowed to reside in the U.S., but he knew no one in Colorado, had little money, no phone and nowhere to go.  […]