Helping Resettled Families Rebuild Their Lives

Article and Photos by Carmela Burke There were enough pieces to fill 25 laundry baskets. Two partner agencies already notified American Red Cross Los Angeles Region International Services workers of their interest in receiving a few baskets for refugee families cleared for resettlement in the United States. Once a year, Red Cross Youth Service Clubs throughout Los Angeles County spearhead a Refugee Welcome Basket Drive to assist the Los Angeles...

Human Flow

 By Carly Klein, Los Angeles Region Americorps Member   This March, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region International Services Team hosted two humanitarian documentary screenings of the film Human Flow.  Renowned filmmaker Ai Weiwei released Human Flow in 2017. Human Flow documents the global refugee and migration crisis through a unique, compassionate, and elegant perspective. Filmed over the course of a year in 23 countries, the documentary...

Helping Refugees, a Red Cross Humanitarian Imperative

By Maria Melo, Red Cross Volunteer Last Wednesday, at the Red Cross Los Angeles Region’s panel on “Refugees and Displacement at Home and Abroad”, I was reminded about how, in one way or another, I ‘ve always felt connected to the Red Cross’ humanitarian work at a very deep level.   In the past as a staff member, and today, as a volunteer, I continue to see how much of the Red Cross’ mission here and anywhere in the world is much...

L.A. Red Crossers Volunteer at Greek Refugee Camps

By Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios |      For many of us, seeing the images of so-called “boat people” arriving as refugees to Europe’s shores last year was profoundly moving. I can recall family members of my own arriving on overcrowded boats from Cuba back during the Mariel Crisis, and I have no difficulty imagining the hard choices that forced many to risk the stormy seas and escape a hostile homeland. While the pace of...

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