Which way home // trailer // Vrijheids Festival des Libertés 2011
The journey of an unaccompanied minor
What's Your Immigrant Story?
National Immigration Forum Live Panel on Refugees and National Security
Immigration within the United States has become a multifaceted humanitarian issue at federal, state, and local levels. The DMV and P area has a sizable community of immigrants. In DC alone, about 14 percent of its population was born in another country. These foreign-born residents contribute to the state’s labor force, and they support the economy in a myriad of ways. As neighbors, taxpayers, and workers, immigrants are integral to our diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.
In 2017, only 50% of immigrants were insured - 22% less than native-born workers. This is only one of many salient statistics proving that immigrants within the U.S. face hardship on multiple levels. This is coupled with the fact that only a few organizations are working to help address some of their challenges. Upon entering the United States, immigrants and refugees face dire obstacles in language barriers, literacy, employment, housing, education, and access to basic services.
Moreover, immigrants and refugees also face physical and mental hardships, often resulting in death. They experience hunger, poverty, and sometimes even succumb to drugs and sex trafficking. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, there are immigrants and refugees who have entered the United States who are able to sustain themselves economically, yet still face difficulty because they are completely unaware of many U.S. customs, laws, norms, and traditions.