Phoebe Ackley- Kurdish refugees 2014

“In the midst of migrants in search of a better life there are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers, women and children victims of trafficking…Many move simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty.”

- Antonio Guterres UN High Commissioner on Refugees

 "One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me."

–Louis Pasteur


“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.…”

- Kofi Anan Secretary General of the United Nations  

Click here to learn about refugee populations in Kansas (KDHE)...

Where do refugees go?
There are 196 countries in today's world. Some are not hospitable, torn by war and pestulance. Some host and welcome refugees.

2013 UN Data

From where do most refugees flee?


Artist Crystal Cook

“I came to you as an immigrant, with no money and could not speak English then. I did not even know the nature of my ailment. I just knew sometimes I did not feel good. You accepted me and treated me better than I have been treated at places in my home when I could afford to pay. Your staff has always treated me respectfully. I am not sure why or how I got the treatment and care I needed, except by knowing you. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity you gave me to rid myself of this ailment and the grace with which you did it.”


The letter came in October, 2015 from a young woman who came to us from a mostly Muslim country on the other side of the world. She had been through a lot, including a blood transfusion that had not only saved her life at the time, but had transmitted Hepatitis C. She did not choose Kansas City and she happened to come to Family Health Care. She did not choose much about her life.


"Refugees have few choices. They become the flotsam and jetsam of wrecked states that wash onto the beaches of far away places. FHC provides a steady mooring." SLeeMD 



Heather Barros - Bird's fleeing forrest fire

 “When things fall apart, the children of the land scurry and scatter like birds escaping a burning sky....They will never be the same again because you cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same....Look at them leaving in droves, despite knowing they will be welcomed with restraint in those strange lands because they do not belong”
- NoViolet Bulawayo


Attorneys may contact Family Health Care at 913-722-3100 to make appointments for people requiring asylum examinations. There is no charge for these evaluations.

Physicians for Human Rights


As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Physicians for Human Rights shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Lee is a member of Physicians for Human Rights and is trained in documentation of physical and psychological effects of abuse and torture. In more than thirty years of practice she has provided forensic evaluations for numerous victims of assaults/abuse/torture and has lectured on female genital mutilation at the University of Kansas and in other professional development settings.

 Physicians for Human Rights- Using science and medicine to stop human rights violations.

KDHE Refugee Manual