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A U.S. Marine checks in evacuees before their flight from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate thousands of U.S. contractors and civilians in advance of the Taliban takeover.

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months. Read more»

Rachel Bechdolt, women’s empowerment coordinator for Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, looks through dozens of colorful bags that were made by refugee women during sewing classes.

The needs of women refugees outpace social services and are further complicated by traditional gender roles. Read more»