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ORR 2013 Holiday Card

Published: December 20, 2013

UAC Art for Holiday Card

ORR 2013: The Year in Review

December 2013

Dear ORR friends and colleagues,

The mission of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is in many ways about bringing families together and restoring hope and dignity for thousands of refugees and others vulnerable populations.  Whether it is a refugee fleeing war, or an unaccompanied minor crossing thousands of miles in hopes of seeing his or her parents again, all are seeking a better life.

As we enter this Holiday season, it is so important to spend time and cherish those moments with family and friends.  It is so easy to take such time for granted, especially in this age of technology and handheld devices.  Looking back, my own memories of Holidays past are special because of those times shared with family and friends.  So many of those we serve are not as fortunate, due to forced separation from family due to war and persecution, migration and trafficking, which impact so many lives throughout the world.  

ORR asks you to remember not only the refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied children we collectively serve, but also the family members they may have lost along the way, and those with whom they dream of someday reuniting and sharing the Holiday season together, as a family.  There is no greater reward than facilitating or seeing a family reunite after the forced and often sudden separation experienced during flight from persecution.  Thank you for all your efforts to bring families together and offering that hope for a new life, and a dream of a better future.  It is our wish that this Holiday will mark the beginning of a cherished family memory for those lives touched by our collective work this past year.    

On behalf of everyone at ORR and the millions of refugees around the world, I extend our most sincere appreciation of your continued partnership and compassion in welcoming strangers to your homes and communities, and our very best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous New Year for all.  

Warmest regards,
Eskinder Negash
Office of Refugee Resettlement