Letter to the editor: Somalis deeply appreciate help and sacrifices of U.S. troops

On May 5, Navy SEAL and Maine native Kyle Milliken of Falmouth gave his life in service to the United States while on a mission in Somalia. As an American citizen, I join the swell of voices offering condolences to his family and friends, and gratitude to him for his valor. As a former refugee from the ongoing war in Somalia, my heart is particularly heavy. I regret that I cannot do more in the aftermath of this tragedy than express my deep sadness.

While you cannot hear from the Somalis who remain trapped by the ongoing violence, I hope you will know the respect and appreciation they have for the sacrifices made by American troops who are working to restore peace. I know that I speak for countless Somalis in the United States and citizens of Somalia alike when I pay reverence to Kyle Milliken with lasting respect and immeasurable appreciation.

To see the full letter, visit  the Press here see at the Portland Pressherald. 

This letter was published at Portland Pressherald on May 11th, 2017

Juvenile Justice Panel: Music, dance and crime stats: Our 6th Annual Juvenile Justice

LEWISTON — The way Rilwan Osman sees it, the more entrenched the immigrant population

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becomes in Lewiston, the greater their responsibility to make it a better place.Lewiston is our home,” said Osman, executive director of Maine Immigration and Refugee Services. “We’re not going anywhere, so let’s make our city and state a better place for everyone. It would become somewhat of a theme for the 6th Annual Juvenile Justice Panel, an event that has become so popular, the turnout this year could barely fit inside the Lewiston Public Library’s spacious Callahan Hall. Well over 100 people turned out to meet area police and legal experts, including Lewiston’s Chief Brian O’Malley and District Court Judge Rick Lawrence


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Join us for our open house

Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services has been working on renovating our new building for the last six months. We have finally completed the renovation with the help of individual and foundation supports.

You are invited to attend our Open House  on September 27th, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm. Our address is 256 Bartlett St. Lewiston, ME 04240.   Come join us and tour our new building, meet our staff, parents and board members. We will have refreshments.

If you have any question about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at infom@meirs.org

To register for our open house, please  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Sign our Pledge to Stop Hate & Bullying in Communities.

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS) is honored to be an integral part of the National Communities Against Hate Initiative, striving to mitigate hate incidents and the domino effects that negatively impact our society. Joined by 11 organizations across the country, this partnership is graciously funded by the Open Society Foundations. Launched in Lewiston, the Maine Communities Against Hate priority is to stop the ongoing surge in hate incidents in Maine. MEIRS’s objective is to build a public awareness campaign with local business owners, public leaders, interfaith religious leaders and non-profit organizations to reject an attitude of hatred speech and to expand outreach to the communities affected by hate incidents. Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services (MEIRS) is a community-based, non-profit organization that educates, assists, empowers, and integrates immigrant and refugee youth and their families towards a goal of social and economic self-sufficiency and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. MEIRS promotes a pathway towards citizenship and community engagement, creating  opportunities  for inclusion and meaningful  participation for immigrants and refugees. From its inception in 2008, MEIRS has been providing services and programs to youth and their families struggling to adjust and integrate into the broader community.


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