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  • 1,005 refugees who resettled in Illinois in 2019.

  • 35 % of refugees in 2019 were from the Syrian Arab Republic.

PRIDE refugee participants come from many countries. Heading link

map of PRIDE partners

Refugees and asylum-seekers with disabilities encounter many obstacles: low income, racial, ethnic and disability discrimination, stigma, trauma, language barriers, transportation issues and insufficient service systems.  However, they have a wealth of strengths to contribute to U.S. communities and the workforce.

Listen to testimonials by PRIDE refugee participants.

Tedros Heading link

When Tedros began working with PRIDE, he gained knowledge and opportunities.

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Muhammad Zaazaa Heading link

PRIDE helped Muhammad overcome language barriers to find a caretaker for his mother, communicate with his doctor and get his wheelchair repaired.

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Djibrine Heading link

Djibrine hopes PRIDE will help him find a job as a merchant, or working with animals as he did back home.

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