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Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Report: White House To Lower Refugee Cap

Sept. 27, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego has been a go-to refugee resettlement destination for years, but it is not clear how the region's federal representatives will get to weigh in on reported proposals to reduce the refugee cap.

San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After ...

San Diego Resettlement Agency Seeks New Leadership After Investigation

Sept. 18, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

After a posting for the position appeared online last week, the IRC's national office confirmed the San Diego executive director is no longer with the agency.

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Pol...

National Relief Group Finds San Diego Office Violated Policies In Housing Refugees

Sept. 6, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The International Rescue Committee began investigating its San Diego office after a series of KPBS reports on refugees who said they were told to sign leases that did not list all family members in their homes.

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newc...

San Diego Wants To Be An Even More Welcoming City To Newcomers

Sept. 14, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's long history of immigrant and refugee resettlement paints the city as a welcoming community but a new initiative aims to improve the integration process for newcomers.

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Pol...

City, Community Groups Spar Over Best Way To Find New Police Chief

Sept. 13, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The city of San Diego has proposed one method, while a coalition of community groups suggests another.

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate ...

Refugee Agencies Wading Through The Details Of Appellate Court's Ruling

Sept. 8, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Resettlement agencies are awaiting clarification from the government agency that oversees the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After ...

Skaters' Paradise Nears Completion In City Heights After Youth-Led Campaign

Sept. 5, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

City Heights youth have pushed for a skate park since 2011.

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-...

Ticket Fee Limits Some Local Groups From Attending State-Sponsored Refugee Event

Aug. 30, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Tickets for the California Department of Social Services-sponsored Refugee Summit started at $190.

Trauma And Transitions: How San Diego Schools Grapple Wit...

Trauma And Transitions: How San Diego Schools Grapple With Educating Refugees

Aug. 28, 2017
Mandy McLaren and Megan Wood / inewsource

California now leads all other states in refugee resettlement, according to State Department figures. But San Diego County — which took in the most refugees in the state last fiscal year — has long been a destination for people escaping war or persecution in their home countries.

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just ...

City Heights Coffee Spot Serves Community More Than Just A Caffeine Buzz

Aug. 25, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The menu at a City Heights coffee shop includes job training, community-building and a taste of home.

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City...

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Aug. 16, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

As part of a national program, the San Diego Housing Commission and San Diego Public Library System will distribute new books that were curated specifically for the local community.

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Sti...

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired In Process

Aug. 14, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed AB 635. It directed the state to examine whether California is doing enough to provide interpretation to patients who speak a foreign language.

New Science Program Brings City Heights Students To Cabri...

New Science Program Brings City Heights Students To Cabrillo National Monument

Aug. 11, 2017
By Susan Murphy

More than 500 middle school students from one of San Diego’s most underserved communities are about to embark on a science experiment like no other.

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their...

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Aug. 9, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

After a KPBS investigation found four refugee families living with more people in their apartments than on their lease, more have come forward, saying a resettlement agency put them in apartments that were too small.

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chr...

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

Aug. 4, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

In City Heights on Friday, 40 participants celebrated their completion of a free course in chronic disease prevention.

Volunteers Bring 'Free Food Park' To City Heights

Volunteers Bring 'Free Food Park' To City Heights

Aug. 2, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The volunteer group Eat San Diego launched the city's largest free food park in City Heights on Saturday, planting a peach tree, strawberries, kale and other fruits and vegetables. Once the food is ready this fall and winter, it will be available for anyone to pick and eat.

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

July 27, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees say resettlement workers faced with a tight rental market crammed them into too-small apartments, under leases that omitted occupants. They say that puts them at risk of losing their homes.

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

July 13, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Sylvie fled to San Diego after she was beaten in her native Cameroon for being a lesbian. There is a warrant for her arrest in her native country.

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

July 12, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The School Climate Bill of Rights prioritizes mediation, counseling and communication over suspension or expulsion. Research shows traditional methods disproportionately affect San Diego students of color and those with disabilities.

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspens...

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD Unified Schools

July 10, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education will vote on a community-driven policy that would entitle students to address conflicts through restorative practices instead of punitive measures.

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement I...

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

June 16, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The region has a long history of welcoming refugees and KPBS has documented it over the years.

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community...

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

June 15, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

Working with neighborhood groups, a trio of community members is setting out to unite residents and shed any negative perception of San Diego's City Heights region.

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Repo...

Is Your Biz In A Business Improvement District? City Reports Show Not All Owners Know

June 5, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

In the city of San Diego's business improvement districts, owners pay into a fund to promote the area, but not all businesses are aware of their membership in the district.

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact C...

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact Children

June 1, 2017
By Megan Burks

Many parents enroll in English-language courses so they can help their kids with school. The federal government wants to see more of them use the classes to get jobs or go to college.

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syri...

Early Study Results Show High Rates Of Anxiety Among Syrian Refugee Kids

May 30, 2017
By Tarryn Mento

The preliminary results, shared at the American Psychiatric Association conference, showed within one month of coming to the U.S., nearly two-thirds of kids surveyed had probable anxiety diagnosis and 85 percent had probable separation anxiety.