• History of Hate

    A person might be considered paranoid, if he or she is afraid to leave home, feeling that at any time they could be attacked out of nowhere by a random stranger. But to many Asians, that behavior feels not just rational, but essential. And any non-Asian who is paying attention to the news should understand that while we are all sharing the same space, some people are having a completely different experience.

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  • Together We Do Better

    Last week, CADRE received a request for assistance that shows the beauty of partnership. A 78 year old Vietnamese couple both became ill with COVID-19 and were taken to the hospital. The wife recovered and returned to the home they shared with their daughter and her 4 small children (youngest 3 months). The father grew weaker and after 31 days in the hospital he died alone, as so many must do in this pandemic. His last communication before he was intubated was a phone conversation with his daughter, asking her to bring him a vegetarian meal – a final wish that she was unable to fulfill.

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  • Guide for Navigating the Current Crisis as a New Immigrant to US

    This is the first time I have published a "Guest Blog" and I am happy to share helpful 1st hand information on the refugee experience that I will never have. Franci Collins

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  • World Refugee Day 2020 – Virtual Celebration

    For the past 27 years, the Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County has celebrated World Refugee Day on the 20th of June, to bring awareness to the courage, perseverance, and resilience of refugees and the difficulties they still face.

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  • October 17th, 2019 - 30 Years Later

    Va stand down 9 11 11 lakshmi blog

    In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, I am sharing my experience of that event as a Red Cross...

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  • 2020 Census - Everyone Counts

    2020 I Count Census
    The SC County Refugee and Immigrant Forum is making plans to support the 2020 Census by letting people know that EVERYBODY who is in the U.S. on April 1st should be...

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  • SCC Service Providers Learning Stress Reduction Techniques

    SCC Service Providers Learning Stress Reduction Techniques

    On February 23rd, 25 people from 13 different agencies attended a workshop at the American Red Cross in San Jose. Participants included Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, and other Service Providers who work with immigrants, refugees, asylees and others living with chronic stress and anxiety.

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  • Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

    I have always loved the Day of the Dead. At first I was attracted to the surface “bling” of this popular Mexican holiday. I love the colors, the beautifully decorated altars, paisley...

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  • Families Belong Together

    On June 30th, at rallies all over the country, people gathered together to send a message. I was able to participate in two of the Santa Clara County events. I was again inspired...

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  • Self-Care in Difficult Times


    These are difficult times for immigrants and refugees. Since January 2016, there have been a steady stream of Executive Orders removing protections and rights for a population that was already vulnerable. The good news: Just...

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