Refugee Clinics at FHC...


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

- Kofi Anan Secretary General of the United Nations  

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


“While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.”

- Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

Fredo Franzoni - Belgian refugees arriving in US 1915

"No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”
- Warsan Shire 

 "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

Family Health Care (and Dr. Lee- specially trained in forensic evaluation) has provided refugee services for many years. Direct health services include evaluations for TB, vaccinations and other preventative/wellness services. FHC also provides medical care, including for infectious diseases and other longer term illnesses such as depression, etc. An important service is our evaluations for refugees that have endured mistreatment and are seeking asylum in our country.

Peter Klashorst Boat People Rohingya

Throughout human history and during the history of the United States, immigration has been fueled by natural and manmade disasters. The US and Kansas City have hosted refugees. Wyandotte County came to be through immigration of abolitionists and was an important part of the underground railroad hosting slaves immigrating/escaping before and during the US Civil War. "Boat People" referred to people coming to the US from Germany in the 1880's, Belgium in 1915, from Vietnam in 1978, and other mass flows of immigration. It also has referred to refugees from China, from Myanmar- the Rohingya people and during the past year from Syria. Kansas City, Kansas has welcomed people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and many other nations from all over the world. They make their home here now. 

Ahmet Asar - Kurdish refugees 2013

 “...families on the run are shattered by something other than just grenades. The flight and fear tears us apart and those parts land in all kinds of places - we don't even know where.”
- Henning Mankell

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..." (Click here for more)