2017 was an “uncertain” year for refugees in Denver and across the country

2017 was an “uncertain” year for refugees in Denver and across the country

This year has seen an unprecedented amount of instability in terms of refugee resettlement in the United States under President Trump’s administration: three travel bans, three halts and two blocks on those bans, a Supreme Court ruling on the ban, the resettlement ceiling dropping from 110,000 to 50,000 refugees, families expecting to arrive in Denver and then having their plans cancelled, families expecting to receive their relatives and finding out it might not happen. The list goes on. 

We’re providing a look back at the year for refugees in Denver as a framework on what’s happened in 2017.

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Vendor Profile: Virginia Bryant

Virginia Bryant’s first experience with a VOICE vendor came years before she started selling the paper. 

“I can remember passing, years ago, before my life became disheveled, passing a Vendor for the VOICE. And it didn’t impact me,” she says. Then she found herself in the same situation. Over the past 15 or so years, Virginia has lived through three separate extended periods of homelessness.

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Homelessness, Healing, and the Arts

The song “Macarena” starts and Luis Dominguez hops out of his chair, delighted that the song he requested and has been patiently waiting for has finally begun. He begins dancing, first sticking out one hand, then the other in the familiar line dance. His eyes light up as others begin dancing with him. For Dominguez, this rare opportunity to dance is therapeutic.  

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