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San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

June 17
By Tarryn Mento

The topic of refugees has been a contentious talking point lately in the U.S., but World Refugee Day aims to celebrate and welcome displaced people.

Haitian, African Migrants Stream Into Tijuana

Haitian, African Migrants Stream Into Tijuana

June 2
By Jean Guerrero

Dozens of migrants from Haiti and Africa are sleeping outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the Tijuana side. Some plan to apply for political asylum in the U.S., while others come for economic reasons.

City Heights After-School Program Teaches Golf To Low-Income Kids

City Heights After-School Program Teaches Golf To Low-Income Kids

May 30
By Jean Guerrero

Founded by former Chargers player Ernie Wright in 1994, Pro Kids has been using golf to help low-income students — including refugees and immigrants — excel in school.

Assemblywoman Atkins Tries Again To Get Medical Interpretation Covered

Assemblywoman Atkins Tries Again To Get Medical Interpretation Covered

May 4
By Megan Burks

San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and other lawmakers have tried and failed three times to pass bills that would increase access to language interpretation at doctors' offices and hospitals.

Tijuana Migrants Hide In Tunnels As Police Raids Get Deadly

Tijuana Migrants Hide In Tunnels As Police Raids Get Deadly

Jan. 28
By Jean Guerrero

To hide from the police, hundreds of homeless migrants in Tijuana have taken shelter in dark tunnels branching out from the city's river canal. Some get struck and killed on nearby highways when police find them and they try to flee.

Tijuana Police Chief Explains Plummeting Overall Crime

Tijuana Police Chief Explains Plummeting Overall Crime

Jan. 19
By Jean Guerrero

While homicides rose in Tijuana last year, the overall crime rate dropped 9 percent. Tijuana's police chief detailed his high-tech strategy to KPBS.

Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

Karen Refugees In San Diego Celebrate Their New Year

Jan. 11
By Claire Trageser

Refugees from a Burmese ethnic minority group celebrated the new year this weekend and also discussed the news from their home country.

San Ysidro Christmas Shopping Hurt By Weaker Mexican Peso

San Ysidro Christmas Shopping Hurt By Weaker Mexican Peso

Dec. 22
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana shoppers who typically cross the border to do their Christmas shopping in San Ysidro are holding back as the Mexican peso hits record lows.

San Diego, Tijuana Residents Have Cross-Border Christmas Celebration

San Diego, Tijuana Residents Have Cross-Border Christmas Celebration

Dec. 21
By Jean Guerrero

People gathered at Border Field State Park and Playas de Tijuana for a binational posada, a Latin American celebration of Joseph and Mary's search for lodging ahead of Jesus's birth.

On Human Rights Day, San Diegans Rally For Refugee Rights

On Human Rights Day, San Diegans Rally For Refugee Rights

Dec. 10
By Megan Burks

Refugees and refugee advocates plan to gather downtown Thursday "to stand up against hateful rhetoric" and ask elected leaders to welcome those seeking asylum.

Isabel Allende Discusses Aging, Memory And Refugees

Isabel Allende Discusses Aging, Memory And Refugees

Nov. 30
By Jean Guerrero

Isabel Allende was the guest at the annual Author's Luncheon hosted by Words Alive, a San Diego-based nonprofit that promotes literacy for low-income youths. She discussed her new book and more.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

Nov. 4
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

California Working To Bring Interpreters To Civil Courtrooms

California Working To Bring Interpreters To Civil Courtrooms

Oct. 1
By Megan Burks

California has long provided interpreters to defendants in criminal court, but not always for those in civil court.

Vietnamese Refugees Reach Out To Syrians Fleeing By Boat

Vietnamese Refugees Reach Out To Syrians Fleeing By Boat

Sept. 24
By Associated Press

More than three decades ago, Vietnamese began fleeing in tiny boats after their country fell to communist rule. Seeing their community's story in the plight of those boarding boats for Europe, some Vietnamese Americans in California are reaching out.

East African Girl Scouts In San Diego Learn Heritage, Female Leader...

East African Girl Scouts In San Diego Learn Heritage, Female Leadership

Sept. 22
By Megan Burks

Girl Scouts have gotten a lot more diverse since the first troop formed in 1912 Georgia — especially in San Diego.