Refugee Stories: In Their Own Voices

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Show Info: In eight compelling episodes, this podcast covers the most pressing and misunderstood aspects of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, including how security vetting actually works, the economic impact of refugees, the history of U.S. immigration and continuing pattern of fear and vilification of newcomers, faith perspectives, veteran perspectives, and the current status and future of the global migration crisis that has rivaled the historical migrant flows of WWII and continues to rise today. More importantly, this podcast introduces you to refugees who have resettled in Texas, mostly in Dallas and Houston, and who share their harrowing stories of escape from death. We will follow up with an update on their lives in the final episode in May to hear where they are today and what U.S. resettlement has meant to them and their families. We all have immigrant roots in the U.S., and our families took the immense risk, at some point, to come here for safety, peace, and better opportunity. Many were fleeing under direct threat, for their lives, the very definition of a refugee. We can offer hope to those who are now experiencing the unthinkable and we can work together to ensure connected, vibrant communities of cultural diversity. We hope you will allow us to take you deep into refugee resettlement and the lives of refugees so you can experience the best of humanity and become a part of something like nothing else you've ever experienced - and have probably never imagined. Support for this podcast is provided by the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University. This podcast is also a production of Human Rights Media LLC in Dallas, TX. For media inquiries, please contact New episodes are released monthly through May 2018. Many thanks to the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to help produce this series and make it possible. And for each refugee and expert guest, thank you for your honesty and vulnerability to bring your stories and reliable data to the public. CREDITS: Tiffany Jelke, Producer & Host • SMU Community Outreach Fellow • Michelle Lara, Production Assisant Allison Plake, Audio Production Intern Kade Peacock, Sound Technician Stephanie Hartzell, Transcription Dr. Bradley Klein, Associate Director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program is the mentor on this project.

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