Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) was founded in 1939 by Lutheran churches in the United States to serve uprooted people during World War II. LIRS has since grown into an internationally recognized leader known for the innovative services we provide to refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied migrant children and families, migrants in detention, and other vulnerable populations. Through partnership with more than 60 community-based legal and social service providers nationwide, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America. The history of LIRS reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those most in need among us. With our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LELCA) and more than 6.2 million Lutherans across the country, we will continue to pursue our mission to witness God’s love for all people, including migrants and refugees, and transform communities through ministries of service and justice.