Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award

New American Cities

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

New American Cities provides an opportunity to rebuild for both new Americans and the cities they call home. Through economic empowerment, social mobility, and the promotion of diverse, inclusive communities, LIRS will create an infrastructure that allows both refugees and their cities to thrive.

Last Updated: January 2022
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Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award
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Refugee support
Current Work Location(s):
  • United States
  • United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Refugees and displaced people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

When refugees are resettled in the United States, they are often required to accept low-wage, entry-level positions that offer little opportunity for growth. Without the chance for advancement, many refugees remain in poverty. Meanwhile, jobs are left open that could otherwise be filled by refugees—if only the system supported them. There is potential for refugees to offer substantial contributions to communities in need of their skills and talents.

In New American Cities, LIRS will redesign systems of collaboration between local governments, employers, and resettlement agencies, creating a longer-term approach to self-sufficiency. This collective action will pave the way to success by working with refugees to overcome the challenges that stand in their way, while strengthening the economies and workforce of the cities they now call home. LIRS is ready to transform how refugees are welcomed in the US. Together we can build resilient and vibrant New American Cities.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Organization Headquarters
Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
51 to 100
Annual Operating Budget
$25.1 to 50 Million

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