“The number one human rights abuse on earth is the abuse of women and girls.”
- President Jimmy Carter

In times of war, women are often the first casualties. They are the first to be forgotten, the first to starve, the first to be raped, and the first to be killed.

These are times of war. According to the United Nations, there are more refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — approximately 60 million globally— making this the worst migration crisis since World War II. Devastating turmoil around the world has uprooted entire communities, forcing them to flee to the safety of other countries.

Left with little more than the hope for a brighter future, American-bound refugees still face countless logistical obstacles and harsh misconceptions once they arrive.  Now safely on American soil, their journey has just begun.

Photos of the refugee crisis are courtesy of Bastian Fischer©