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The Stories Behind Syrian TPS

October 11th, 2018 / Madelyn Coles

On the last day of last January, the Trump administration announced an 18-month extension of the temporary permission that granted some Syrians to stay in the United States.

Known as TPS, or temporary protected status, this designation allows Syrians to work legally in the U.S. through September 30, 2019.… Read more

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    Ahmad: ‘We all feel discriminated against by the government’

    January 25, 2018 / Coco McCabe

    It has been five long years since Ahmad, his sister, and their parents were all together as a family back in Damascus, Syria. Today, as…

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    Monzer: ‘I’ve always wanted democracy’

    January 23, 2018 / Coco McCabe

    He goes by Moe, his favorite character from The Simpsons. And it’s thanks to them--along with a hearty diet of American movies, shows, and video games--that Monzer’s English is so good…

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    Syrian-American Organizations Advocate for Refugee Education

    December 1, 2017 / Haleluya Hadero

        Washington D.C. -- On October 25th, Syrian-American organizations, and members of the American Relief Coalition for Syria (…

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    ARCS Advocacy Day 2017

    October 31, 2017 / ARCS Staff

    On October 25th, ARCS members from across the country came to Washington, D.C. to meet with their representatives and advocate on issues that have the most impact on their work. They spoke the importance and need for new approaches…

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    My Year at ARCS

    August 30, 2017 / Haleluya Hadero

    This May, I concluded my full academic year internship with the American Relief Coalition for Syria; serving as the Communications/Advocacy/Marketing Intern during the Fall 2016 semester, and continuing on as the Senior Communications/Advocacy Intern for…

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    Syrians Go Way Back

    July 14, 2017 / Omneya Mohamed

    The first Arabs immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Most of them came from Greater Syria, which is present-day Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, and Syria. Typically, immigrants made the journey to escape economic struggles and to pursue…

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    World Refugee Day 2017

    June 19, 2017 / Omneya Mohamed

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1951, during the Second World War. The purpose of its creation was to help millions of Europeans who fled their countries and left everything behind. 

    Today, the world…

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    A Syrian Tailor Finds a Home in Chicago

    March 27, 2017 / Haleluya Hadero

    Ahmad Al Atrash does not like to be called a refugee. To him, a Syrian who fled a brutal civil war in his country, that word is loaded with negative connotations, and separates him from the…

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    Six years after start of the crisis, there is no escape for Syrians seeking safety

    March 15, 2017 / Oxfam America

    President Trump’s ban on Syrians goes into…

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    Statement on Safe Zones in Syria

    March 13, 2017 /

    In January, President Trump announced his support for the creation of safe zones in Syria. Which, if planned and executed properly, can protect civilian populations from the crossfire.

    In light of current discussions surrounding…

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