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Sahra Farah, Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

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A Somali American pioneer challenges her community

Khagindra Rijal shares his experiences living as a Bhatanese refugee in Nepal. (Photo by Megan Herndon)

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A "Refugee Story Circle" video chat connected young Seattle refugees with Brazil, Qatar and beyond to share their stories of finding a new home.

Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

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How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.

Detainees left their marks on the walls of the building’s outdoor recreation courtyard using melted roofing tar. Many left their names and from where they emigrated. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

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Walking into the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center didn’t feel quite like I thought it would. The building looks more like a school or...

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Nine months ago, Zam Khup, a refugee from Burma, finally was able to welcome his wife, Ciin Nuam, and their six oldest children to the United...

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A volatile mix of boredom, non-existent job opportunities and desperation among young Syrians could lead them straight into the hands of extremists.

"Hamdan," a 36-year-old former FSA fighter who now lives in a Jordanian refugee camp, plans to return to Syria to rejoin rebel ranks this month. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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As Americans obsess about ISIS gains, Syrian rebels say we’re neglecting the real threat.

Reham Hamoui holds up a photo of her and her siblings before the family fled Syria when she was seven. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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After 20 years in Seattle, civil war brings young a Syrian woman closer to home.

Selam Zecharias, an intern at Facebook's Seattle office, is interviewed in the office "hot tub," About one percent of Facebook employees are African-American. (Photo by Ken Lamber / The Seattle Times)

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With the help of an innovative internship program, Eritrean refugee Selam Zecharias found a place in a Seattle tech world dominated by white men.

The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

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By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.

Mayor Murray announced OIRA initiatives yesterday morning at City Hall, with new OIRA director Cuc Vu, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim (far right) and members of the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission looking on.

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Yesterday morning, Mayor Ed Murray announced $680,000 of new proposed investments to support Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities, which now make up every one in five city residents.

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An innovative program in Tukwila is honing the culinary skills of new immigrants and helping them shine in American kitchens.

Seattle's new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu (center) flanked by Mayor Ed Murray and outgoing Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta. (Photo by Kamna Shastri)

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Tuesday morning, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray introduced Cuc Vu as the new acting director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). Vu will be taking the place of Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta.

Walid Alkheyat, of the new Iraqi Community of Washington State leads a group of children, women and men to Seattle City Hall during a protest in June asking for US intervention in Iraq. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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Iraqi refugees in the Northwest are quick to downplay the sectarian divisions that are causing fault lines in their home country.

Dancers in traditional costumes at a New Year's parade in Laos. (Photo by Darren Donahue)

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Most Americans born after the Vietnam War know little about the country of Laos, much less about the U.S.’s contentious role in its history. But...

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Since the Syrian Uprising began three years ago, 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced and another 2.5 million have registered or are waiting to register for refugee status abroad.

Immigrants and refugees gather on the steps of the State Capitol in February to lobby for education and other services. (Photo by Celina Kareiva)

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Director of the Refugee Women's Alliance weighs in on how years of belt tightening has impacted her clients.

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A new program bridges the gap between different refugee service providers helping victims of torture in the Northwest.

More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

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Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators. For Amira Al-Salami, Martin Luther King Jr....

An ash covered Mundarichild celebrates the first South Sudan Independence Day in 2011. (Photo by Giovanni Turco / Freedom House DC)

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I come from a place with a long memory of war. Starting in the mid-fifties, we fought two civil wars, that both times lasted two...

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Taking in a teenager from a conflict zone halfway around the world might not be for everyone. But some globally-oriented Northwest families are opening...