Inspiring Leadership in Immigrant Communities
By Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS)
The importance of developing leadership skills among immigrant and refugee communities is more important now than ever. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a widely reported increase in the hostilities, violence and discrimination against immigrant and refugee communities. Community leaders, with the proper skills and tools, can help the community understand its rights, develop strategies for educating the public about who immigrants and refugees are and the benefits they bring to our society, and work to ensure that any new immigration legislation includes adequate provision of services.