05 Nov

Seeking Refuge: The Chin People in Mizoram State, India

Seeking Refuge The Chin People in Mizoram State India


Our delegation acknowledges the many individuals and groups who made this report possible. We begin with the Chin Baptist Churches USA, led by Rev. Dr. C Duh Kam, Executive Minister. They donated funds enabling Matthew Wilch, JD, U.S. lawyer, and Zo Tum Hmung (Masters in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School) a Chin community activist from the United States, to organize and participate in the assessment trip. Additional donations came through Rev. Dr. Stephen Hre Kio, Senior Pastor of Indiana Chin Baptist Church, Indianapolis, IN. Rev. Dr. C Duh Kam and Rev. Dr. Stephen Hre Kio also provided invaluable advice and support. World Relief made possible the participation of Jenny Yang, Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Refugee and Immigration Program, and the participation in New Delhi of Rabindran Shelley, India Country Director. Lutheran World Federation funded Steven Rubin, Assistant Professor of Art, Pennsylvania State University, as photographer for the assessment trip. Lutheran World Service India Trust enabled the participation in Aizawl, Mizoram, of Dr. Vijayakumar James, Director, and Polly Mondal, Monitoring O”cer at the Program Department. !e Jesuit Refugee Service enabled the participation in New Delhi of Dr. Prakash Louis, SJ, South Asia Regional Director. Dr. Vijayakumar James and P.C. Jarnardhanan, his executive secretary, made important arrangements for the delegation in Kolkata; and Rabindran Shelley and Edwin Raju, World Relief, did the same in New Delhi.

The cost of production and printing was funded by the Chin Baptist Churches USA, World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the Women’s Department of Chin Baptist Churches USA, and other Chin churches and individuals. We produced both a full report and a stand-alone executive summary.

Matthew Wilch served as the lead writer and editor; and Jenny Yang and Zo Tum Hmung were writers and editors. Other valuable contributions to the text came from Dr. Vijayakumar James; Steven Rubin; Mitzi Schroeder, Director of Policy, Jesuit Refugee Service; and Ralston Deffenbaugh, Assistant General Secretary for Human Rights and International A#airs, Lutheran World Federation. Steven Rubin took the photographs and Michael Palmer did the cover and report layout and design.

Upon arrival in India for the assessment, Rev. Dr. Lalchungnunga, former Principal of Serampore College, Serampore, West Bengal, India, located near Kolkata, oriented the delegation to Mizoram State, India, and helped facilitate important appointments. Rev. Dr. H. Vanlalauva, a Professor of Serampore College and former Moderator of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod also oriented the group, answering the delegation’s questions about the role of the church in Mizoram and the historical relationship between Chins and Mizos.

We are indebted to many Chin pastors, church and community leaders and members, and translators in the Mizoram districts of Aizawl, Saiha, Lawngtlai, Lunglei, and Champhai; and in New Delhi to the leaders of the Chin Refugee Committee. They all warmly welcomed us, shared about their challenging experiences in Burma and their new lives in India, and worked tirelessly to provide us full access to the Chin community. We thank the many Chins with whom we met and spoke, especially those whom we interviewed and pro$led in this report. Their names and photographs and the dates and places of their interviews have not been included to protect their privacy and security, and photos used in the report include unidentified Chins and local people.

The leaders and people of Mizoram were also very warm and hospitable hosts to us during the trip. We are grateful to Pu Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister of Mizoram and President of the Indian National Congress Party of Mizoram, for meeting with us to share his concern and commitment to addressing the plight of the Chins and to improving the well-being of all in Mizoram. We are grateful to him and his family for their hospitality. We thank Pu Zoramthanga, the President of the Mizo National Front and the former Chief Minister of Mizoram for two consecutive terms, who met with us and shared his long experience and assessment of the complex situation. We likewise thank Pu C.L. Ruala, Member of the Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha, for his concern and many insights. We are grateful to Pu S. Khipo, Chief Executive Member, Mara Autonomous District, Saiha; and Pu C. Ngunlianchunga, Chief Executive Member, Lai Autonomous District, Lawngtlai, for meeting with us, for helping Chin refugees in New Delhi, and for their desire to help address the Chins’ plight in Mizoram and Mizoram’s humanitarian burden.

We owe thanks to Rev. C. Lalsangliana, the Moderator of the Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod and his sta# for meeting with us and for the moral leadership and Christian service of his church in Mizoram State, and we thank him and his family for their hospitality. We appreciated other stakeholders who welcomed us in Mizoram, maintaining a problem-solving, solutions-oriented, good faith approach to the complex challenges in their state. !ese include many other church leaders and their sta#s: Rev. H. Lianngaia, General Secretary, Baptist Church of Mizoram, Lunglei; Rev. Dr. M. Zakonia, Moderator, Evangelical Church of Maraland, Saiha; Rev. C. Hrangzuala, General Secretary, Lairam Jesus Christ Baptist Church, Lawngtlai; Major Lianzira, Social Secretary, Salvation Army, Aizawl; and Most Rev. Stephen Rotluanga, CSC, Roman Catholic Bishop, Aizawl. We appreciated meeting with Mr. C Dinthanga, Lelte Weekly Magazine publisher and editor, Aizawl, and with the Human Rights Legal Network, Aizawl.

We are grateful to the Young Mizo Association for meeting with us twice and for their continued dialogue about how to respond to the Chins who seek refuge in Mizoram.

We acknowledge the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi and Washington, DC, for their tireless work on refugee protection and for meeting with us to provide critical insight about the refugees in India. We express our appreciation to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and also the staff members of various U.S. Congressional offices for meeting with us, for their concern for the Chins in Mizoram, and for their overall commitment to and care for refugees.

We thank World Relief, Lutheran World Service India Trust, Lutheran World Federation, Jesuit Refugee Service, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Service, Refugee Council USA, Church World Service, and Lutheran World Relief, for helping us to prepare for and debrief from the trip. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Women’s Refugee Commission of the International Rescue Committee also generously shared expertise before and a%er the trip regarding unaccompanied children and livelihood for urban refugees, respectively. We also thank Dr. L.E. van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager of the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg Law School, Netherlands, for sharing her expertise about statelessness.

We acknowledge the following human rights groups and media for providing the delegation with important background and analysis on the Chins’ plight: Chin Human Rights Organization, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, Refugees International, and Khonumthung News.

We did our best to listen and learn from everyone, and to understand, describe, and analyze the complex situation of Chins in Mizoram State, India. Any mistakes in this report are our own.

In closing, we have been moved by the courage, resourcefulness, and deep faith of the Chin people and encouraged by the compassion, hospitality, and deep faith of the people in Mizoram. Our hope is that this report might be a catalyst for concerned governments, churches, and organizations to join together with them in good faith to address the protection and humanitarian challenges of the Chins in Mizoram and to reduce the humanitarian burden on Mizoram State and India.

The Delegation

Review the whole report here: Seeking Refuge The Chin People in Mizoram State India

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05 Nov

After the 2021 Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma: Challenges for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees

After the 2021 Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma


Review the whole report here: After the 2021 Military Coup in Myanmar/Burma

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06 Oct

CAM Press Release on Burma Act of 2021

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06 Oct

CAM Statement

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23 Sep


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11 Dec



Avoi 2nak CIANUSA Paih, Heavy ah aa pai ding cheukhat an konglam zoh than ta hna usih. Club pakhat minung pakhat cio in min charmi an si. Min tiallomi paihthawng tampi an um len rih.
Alphabetical in min kan tial fawn hna.

  1. Biak Hmun Sang

CHS Pai club in Paihtthawng Biakhmunsang hi tu lio CYO champion asi hlei ah Dallas ah tuahmi King of Champions ah zatlang bual a co I, zuamcawh zong ah final tiang a rak kai. Zatlang aa paih ah Minung 15 zong a rak tengh bal hna hlei ah tambik tei laksawng a la lengmang mi asi. A tovor cheh le a mihler hna cu pa ttiatuamlo caah cun ttih nung lei khi asi. Tutan ah Heavy Weight taisawm pi aa tlunpi kho hnga maw?

2. Sang Hlei Thang

Zophei Paih Club in Sang Hlei Thang hi tulio paihtthawng hna lakah minngei pakhat asi. Avoi 1nak CIANUSA paih lio ah, final tiang a rak phan. CMpage nih bia an rak hal lio ah “ ka buu hrit buin kaa pai” tiah a rak chim. Cucaah tutan hi ruahlo piin Ukling he zong aa tong kho tthan ding an si. Avoi 5 nak WPC lio ah Rung Lian Ceu nih semi ah khelkhat long in a rak thluk khawh. Laipaih ah cun khel 2 tei hi tei tling cu asi. Cucaah tutan Avoi 2nak CIANUSA Heavy Weight taisawmpi hi aa tlunpi kho ngaingai hnga maw?

3. Tha Cung Lian

Thacunglian hi tutan CIANUSA Paih ah ramleng in paihtthawng pakhat a kan telpi khotu asi. Anih hi aa pailonak kumkhat leng tluk si cang. Ngalhriang le kikong bang kumkhat chung bak aa cenh hnu ah paihbual chung a rak lut tthan ding asi. 2016 ah Europe paihtthawng hrilh dih hna. 2017 avoi 2nak WPC zong ah US paihttawng cheukhat a thluk tthan dih hna i taisawmpi cu Denmark ram a tlunpi baltu asi. Tutan tah US pathawng hna teidih tthan in taisawmpi cu a tlunpi tthan kho rih te hnga maw?

4. Uk Ling Thang

Ukling hi laipaih tuahnak hmun poh ah laipaih a thanchonak hnga tiah thazang a chuah pengtu pakhat asi. Laipaih koko ahcun taisawm tambik a latu asi ko lai. Tu lio ah cun a thawngbik ko tiah a ruatmi zong an tampi cang. Paihbual a kalnak poh ah taisawm he a kirlo caan a tlom. Ukling aa paihnak poh cu taisawm hi a mah ta asiko lai tihi mipi nih ruahcia ngam ding tluk in aummi pathawng pakhat asi. Tutan taisawm hi tah amah ta cu maw a si rih thiamthiam hoi ko hnga?

5. Van Ram Nuam Sang

Vanramnuamsang hi Chin Star Paih Club in aa pai ding asi. Anih hi Chin Star phu an hruaitu pakhat asi ve. A paih aa dawh tukmi asi. A tu lio le bang cu aho patthawng hmanh thluk kho ding in a thawng cang mi asi. Naite avoi 5 nak WPC lio ah a lungduh ning in aa pai kho rua lo. Tutan belte cu tluksual umtilo in aho poh hrilh khawh ding in timhlamnak a ngei than cang. Naite WPC middle weight taisawm kha amah hohakmi Chin Star phu nih an tlunpi. Tutan tah Heavy Weight taisawmpi cu aa tlunpi kho ve hnga maw?

6. Van Ceu Hmung

Vanceuhmung hi Vakok Pai Club in aa pai ding asi. Kum note asinain a paih kwet hmanmi a tam leng ah a vangkheng hi zoh a dawh kho tuk. Nikum le tukum kar hrim ah tamtuk a tthangchomi asi. US paih tuahnak zaatlang bualcomi vialte lak ah dawhbik in a kan co piaktu asi. Minung 10 tei hnu bak ah, a chuah hnawh ngamtu um tiloin zatlang bual a co kho tu, tuanbia thar a kan ttialpiaktu asi. Tutan ah tah WPC 5 nak ah zatlang taisawm a tlunpi bantuk in CIANUSA taisawmpi cu aa tlunpi kho tthan rih hnga maw?

7. Victor

Victor hi Chokhlei Paih Club in aa pai ding asi. Anih hi WPC avoi 4 nak zatlang bualcotu a si. Eastern America Paih zong ah bual a rak co bal mi pathawng asi. A umnak hi North Carolina siko nain pawpi bang amah pi long Paih tuahnak hmun poh ah a chuak lang peng mi pa ralttha laipa asi. Naitan WPC 5 nak ah Thang Tu nih a thluk nain tutan cu a ho hmanh nih thluk kho tilo ding in timhtuahnak a ngei cang. Chok Hlei paih phu caah taisawm a tlunpi kho ve te hnga maw?

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03 Jul

US cozah nih Rakhine le Chin state kongah an cathanh (statement)

Mobile Data Shutdown in Burma’s Rakhine and Chin States




JUNE 29, 2019

The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing shutdown of mobile data services in violence-affected areas of Rakhine and Chin States in Burma, which has curtailed some forms of Internet-based communication for as many as one million people.

Internet service should be restored without delay. Resumption of service would help facilitate transparency in and accountability for what the government claims are law enforcement actions aimed at preventing further outbreaks of violence in the affected areas, and would limit further damage to Burma’s international reputation. The United States will continue to support efforts toward a negotiated end to violence, calls for full humanitarian and media access to violence-affected areas, and accountability for those who commit human rights abuses and violations.


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03 Jul

Pu Zo Tum Hmung Refugee Kong ah Presentation

Pu Zo Tum Hmung nih CBCUSA Nubu training, Chicago tuah mi ah Malay le India i Ralzam/Refugee an um rih mi Data le bawmh an herh nak kong a chim i Presentation a tuah chih. Cu cu mah ka link ahhin zoh khawh a si.

Presentation by ZTH June 28 -2019

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19 Jun

Howard County ah Palik rian, Howard Community College ah GED test, le rian dang dang information

Apprenticeship Program in Howard Community College

Address: 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044


  1. High School Diploma Programs – GED Practice Test in Howard Community College=

(High School diploma hmu nak ding caah Howard Community College ah program a tha tak mi an ngeih)

  1. HVACR Apprenticeship Training Program=

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) pawl remh kho nak ding caah license ngahnak ding program an ngeih.

  1. Construction Management Apprenticeship=

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects si na duh ah cun, hi program hi na caah a tha ngai mi asi.

  1. Police Career in Howard County=

Howard County, Maryland,USA ah Police Officer si na duh ah cun, hi website ah hin information tampi a um. An salary le benefits zong an tha tuk!

Apprenticeship Program in Prince Geoge’s County

  1. Police Officer Career in Prince Geoge’s County=

Prince Geogr’s County, Maryland,USA ah Police Officer si na duh ah cun, hi ka website ah information na herh mi an um. Starting salary hi $53,241 asi i adang benefits zong an tha ngai

  1. Police Officer Interns=

Police Officer si a duh mi caah internship hi ka ah hin sawk kho asi

Currently Open Job

  1. Hiring Drivers/Warehouse “Production” in The Coastal Companies

Starting at $11.50 to $14.00/hour!

Hi rian hi sawk na duh ah cun 9001 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, MD, 20723 ah asi.

Phone number: 301-498-4090

You can also apply online at:

2. High school le college a kai mi caah What are “Transferable Skills”? ti mi workshop cu The Office of Workforce Development nih an host lai.

Workshop Topic: Resume Writing, Networking, Interviewing(Mock Interviews), Time Management, Looking at employment through the employer’s perspective, and etc.

Location: Howard County North Laurel Multiservice Center

Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

When: Friday, June 28, 2019

To serve a seat, please call 410-504-2231 or go to the link below to register

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13 Jun

Association of Community Services Job Opportunity

ACS Member Job Openings – January 2019
Please contact organizations directly for information about Job Openings. Send Job Openings to along with a PDF attachment or link and a brief description of the position. Positions will be posted for 4 weeks from date of receipt unless you notify us otherwise and will be posted the first part of the month.

Chief Financial & Administrator Officer – The Horizon Foundation
Seeking a Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) to be a part of the senior executive team, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CFAO directs multiple internal functions including finance and accounting, human resources and operations and consults with outside experts as needed. Read more.
Posted 1/17/19
Volunteer Captain – Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center
The is a volunteer position. TRRC is searching for volunteer Captains to reach out and organize volunteers to confirm attendance and train volunteers on tasks. Read more.
Posted 1/8/19
Asset Manager Coordinator – Howard County Housing Commission
Under the direction of the Chief of Asset Management the Asset Management Coordinator is responsible for supporting the asset management department in  maximizing the financial performance, value, sustainability, physical condition and appearance of HCHC’s real estate portfolio and ensuring that the properties comply with all income restrictions and other regulatory matters. Read more.
Posted 1/4/19
Project Manager – Howard County Housing Commission
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Project Manager is responsible for the development of residential, affordable, workforce, and mixed-income, real estate projects by managing all aspects of development, as handled directly by HCHC, or through the engagement of a development partner, including assessing acquisition opportunities, structuring complex financing, procuring for and managing consultants, which may include developers architects, and contractors, and overseeing projects through acquisition, renovation or new construction, including managing budgets and draws. Read more.
Posted 1/4/19
Program Supervisor – Building Families for Children
Building Families for Children has a full-time opening for a Program Supervisor in its treatment foster care program. The Program Supervisor is responsible for the overall management of direct care staff including supervising and supporting assigned staff in the development and implementation of effective therapeutic and case management services for treatment and foster care cases. Read more.
Posted 12/20/18
Clinical Director – HopeWorks
The Clinical Director is responsible for the overall management of HopeWorks’ Clinical Department. This department utilizes trauma informed approaches to support survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and human trafficking.
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Posted 12-20-18
Multiple Job Openings – Linwood Center

  • Social Worker (FT)
  • Special Education Teacher (Grades 9-12 & 1-8)
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Residential Assistant
  • Job Coach
  • Vocational Assistant
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Community Integration Coordinator
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assess Coordinator
  • Part Time Behavior Specialist

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Multiple Job Openings – Humanim
Looking for driven employees with human purpose to join our diverse team. Our culture may be fast-paced and entrepreneurial, but our environment is friendly and inspiring.
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Substitute Client Support Specialist & Site Coordinator- Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Substitute Site Coordinators play an integral role in our organization from volunteer scheduling to coordinating delivery to our homebound clients. It is important to maintain communication between your assigned site and their respective regional office to ensure that each client receives their meal.
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Posted 10-3-18
On-Call Victim Advocate – HopeWorks
On-Call Victim Advocates are responsible for providing case management, advocacy and support services to residential clients living in the Safe House, a 24-hour emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.
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Posted 3-1-18
One-Stop Employment Services – Office of Workforce Development
The Office of Workforce Development’s focus is on meeting the workforce and employment needs of businesses and job seekers in our local labor market. Their objective is to provide excellent customer service to anyone using their workforce development resources. Take advantage of their free resources.


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