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Jorge was a member of a political opposition party in Venezuela that represented a threat to the government. After being persecuted by the police after he joined several protests, Jorge was forced to leave his country. He began his dangerous journey to freedom first bynavigating through Colombia before entering the United States. He now works at an insurance company in Nashville.

In early 2018, CRS launched: Be UnAfraid as s part of the larger, Share The Journey, global refugee support campaign. This two year project was inspired by Pope Francis. who has called for Catholics globally to make pilgrimages and to encounter their neighbors.

In April we asked dozens of refugees and their American neighbors to start critical conversations by sharing their stories with each other.

What they discovered is that the very fears that tear us apart can actually bring us together.

Photo by Jeremy Cowart for Catholic Relief Services