Compassionate Communication Workshop

Requested by participants in WC’s recent refugee speaker series, this participatory workshop is derived from one of America’s most successful courses in effective communication – whether among family members, professional colleagues, or volunteers reaching across cultural divides.

Link to Prezi Content

View the entire RSA Animate video of Dr. Brene Brown on The Power of Empathy, or check it out in the context of her conversation with TEDx Houston on The Power of Vulnerability.

Common Statistics from Refugee Services of Texas

  • 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide (2015)
  • 21.3 million refugees registered with UNHCR (2015)
  • Less than 1% of refugees are resettled
  • U.S. resettles 80% of refugees
  • TX is the #1 largest resettlement state
  • Refugee Services of Texas is the largest resettlement agency in Texas
  • Currently our clients are from Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Syria, and the D. R. Congo

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Security Screening Process for Refugees Entering the U.S.

This text is from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants web site:

Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the United States: a detailed and rigorous process

Resettlement is considered a durable solution for refugees who cannot return to their countries of origin or integrate into the current countries that are hosting them. Resettlement to a country like the United States presents a life-saving alternative for a very small number of refugees around the world (less than one half of one percent). Refugees seeking resettlement in the United States must pass through a series of steps aimed at ensuring they will not pose a security risk to the United States.  Biographic and biometric information is examined to help confirm a refugee’s identity. The information is checked against law enforcement, intelligence community, and other relevant databases, including National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security databases. A step-by-step overview of this process is detailed below.i

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