Knowing a refugee's story:

Refugees often have extremely traumatic life experiences and pasts that can contribute to current behavior. Be careful when asking about why refugees have come to the U.S., or anything about their past. Some refugees will explain their story without asking, and some will not be comfortable at all with sharing. This is a case by case situation. As you build relationships with refugees, trust is built, and oftentimes stories are shared without asking.

 

How much information about refugees'

stories are WRD volunteers allowed to know?

Once you have been paired with a refugee family or group, WRD will provide you with certain biographical information about them. However, their personal story, such as how they received refugee status, why they are in the U.S., their family background, etc. is confidential, and WRD cannot share it with you. As volunteers form friendships with refugees, refugees will oftentimes share these stories. Refugees often have extremely traumatic life experiences and pasts that can contribute to current behavior. Be careful when asking about why refugees have come to the U.S., or anything about their past. Some refugees will explain their story without asking, and some will not be comfortable at all with sharing. This is a case by case situation. As you build relationships with refugees, trust is built, and oftentimes stories are shared without asking. However, GNTs are encouraged to read about refugees' cultural backgrounds and countries of origin.