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Resources for refugees and those who serve them
FirstSteps Press is a non-profit publisher of materials designed to help refugees resettling to the United States. The highly-visual and dynamically-designed materials are research-based, tested and thoughtfully planned to provide critical information necessary for daily living in the U.S. FirstSteps Press is a subsidiary organization of Exodus World Service, a non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers to welcome refugees to the Chicagoland area.
About Refugees Refugees are courageous survivors. Forced to flee their homeland by terror and persecution, the majority live warehoused in remote refugee camps waiting for an opportunity to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety. Every year the United States resettles approximately 75,000 refugees. Most lost friends and family members during their difficult journey to the US and battle isolation and loneliness when they arrive. They also face the significant challenge of starting over in a new language and culture. Refugees currently coming to the United States include: Burmese – members of minority ethnic groups, such as the Karen, Karenni, Chin and others, who were violently oppressed by the ruling military dictatorship and have spent the last fifteen years or longer waiting in refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border. Bhutanese – members of the Lhotshampa ethnic group, who were forced into exile by the Bhutanese government in the early 1990’s and have been living in refugee camps in Nepal ever since. Iraqi – targeted by insurgents because they are members of religious minorities or suspected of assisting US troops.
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