Story of Migration: Ibrahim Dabo

Ibrahim Dabo describes his migration away from war-torn Sierra Leone and the trials he experienced after he was forced to leave the country.

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Listen to Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars perform the song "Living Like a Refugee" and reflect on the experience of being forced to migrate from your home to a new country.

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who formed in the Kalia refugee camp when they were fleeing from the bloody war occurring in Sierra Leone. They used music to entertain and give hope to their fellow refugees. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. Plus, they're really fun to listen to.

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Standing Up for Refugees

This Action offers phone numbers to call governors and congress members who are challenging the right for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. Call them and say that refugees are welcome in your state.

One way you can support refugees is by contacting your Governor, Representative, and Senators to let them know you want to welcome refugees into your community.  You can tell them that refugees in the U.S. undergo the most rigorous screenings of any people admitted into our country, including background checks, in-person interviews, and fingerprinting.  I have attached below a page with phone numbers and talking points prepared by our interfaith immigration partners.



Tell Congress & Your Governor to WELCOME SYRIAN REFUGEES!

 Background: As people across the United States are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities, a number of Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees. This is morally reprehensible and goes against everything for which the United States stands. Some Members of Congress have even introduced legislation that would stop refugee resettlement altogether. It is critical that public officials hear from their constituents NOW as decisions are being made that will drastically impact the lives of Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in the United States.

Please take action TODAY:

Call your Representative and Senators : 1-866-961-4293

Find your Representative

Find your Senators

 AND if you live in these states, call your Governor! 

When you call, tell the receptionist that as a constituent, you want to help WELCOME Syrian refugees and that you’re against the calls of some governors to reject Syrian refugees.

Ex: “I’m a constituent from [City] and I support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. I urge the Senator / Representative / Governor to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian refugees.”

AND IF you live in one of these states, call your Governor to say THANK YOU!  

Urge your Governor to continue on the path of compassion, wisdom and reason:

  • Alaska:   (907) 269-7450                                
  • California: (916) 445-2841
  • Colorado: (303) 866-2885
  • Connecticut: (860) 566-4840
  • Delaware: (302) 744-4101
  • Hawaii: (808) 586-0034
  • Kentucky: (502) 564-2611
  • Minnesota: (651) 201-3400
  • Montana: (406) 444-3111
  • New Mexico: (505) 476-2200
  • New York: (518) 474-8390
  • North Dakota: (701) 328-2205
  • Oklahoma: (918) 581-2801
  • Oregon: (503) 378-4582
  • Rhode Island: (401) 222-2080
  • South Dakota: (605) 773-3212
  • Utah: (801) 538-1000
  • Vermont: (802) 828-3333
  • Virginia: (804) 786-2211
  • Washington: (360) 902-4111
  • West Virginia: (304) 558-2000

Here are some helpful points that you may want to mention, but the most important point is your story and why your community wants to welcome Syrian refugees!

  • The U.S. government handpicks the refugees who resettle here, and refugees are the most thoroughly vetted people to come to the United States.
  • All refugees resettled in the United States undergo rigorous security screenings by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies, including biometric checks, forensic testing, medical screenings and in-person interviews.
  • This is not an either/or situation. The United States can continue to welcome refugees while also continuing to ensure national security. We must do both.

Thank you for your advocacy!

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