Press & Presentations

GCP Hosts Panel on Muslim Refugees and Resettlement

IRWP joined a panel hosted by the Global Citizenship Program at Washington University on Muslim refugees and resettlement.

“Sarah Paradoski, IRWP program coordinator, works with refugees who have resettled in the St. Louis area. She named isolation, cultural differences, lack of mental health resources and language barriers as key challenges that local refugees face.

‘People don’t see how refugees can enrich communities,” Paradoski said. “[Refugees] are not just a completely separate group.’”

(Student Life, 11/2018)

English lessons, friendship provided for women isolated in a new land

"‘First time I am reading this,’ said Bashir-Louise, a native of Syria who came to the United States from Egypt several months ago to live with her daughter's family in Ballwin. Bashir-Louise, who speaks Arabic and French, has permanent resident status and soon will take her citizenship test. She's being helped with her studies for the test and with reading and speaking English by Becky Mueller, a member of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Des Peres and a volunteer with the Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program in St. Louis.'“

(ArchSTL, 2/2017)

‘Connecting as a human being’

St. Louis non-profit helps immigrant, refugee women build confidence.

Most immigrants and refugees living in the United States don’t have to imagine these challenges. Learning to overcome linguistic, cultural and social barriers is just part of their reality.

“For a variety of reasons, women often experience unique obstacles to healthy adaptation. The St. Louis-based Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program (IRWP) seeks to help participants as they navigate these obstacles.”

(STL Public Radio, 8/2016)