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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, 1 in 5 transgender individuals will face homelessness at some point in their lives. For some, shelters do not offer safety.

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This fall, Boston began offering free two-hour salary negotiation classes for women who work in the city. The $1.5 million program, which will continue for five years, is funded through corporate and foundation dollars. The classes are supposed to teach women strategies that can give them the confidence — and know-how — to negotiate their salaries.

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, many Republican lawmakers - on the state and federal levels -- have called on Governor Tom Wolf to reject Syrian refugees. But he doesn't really have a choice. First of all, the program is run by the federal government. A 1980 federal law gives most of the authority to the U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs.

Lehigh Valley Ponders Welcoming More Syrian Refugees

Nov 20, 2015
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Farouk leans forward at the interview table, hands clasped. The question, what do you miss in Syria, gets a one word answer. "Everything," he said. Farouk -- not his real name -- doesn't want to be identified for fear of retribution back in Syria. He's one of 138 Syrian refugees to arrive in Allentown since civil war began splintering his country.

EXPLAINER: How Do Syrian Refugees Come To Pennsylvania?

Nov 18, 2015
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would bar all of them, even orphans younger than 5. Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said in a statement that Pennsylvania would remain open to people fleeing "unimaginable terror."  With terrorism in the headlines, Syrian refugees escaping a multi-sided civil war have become the political football du jour in the Delaware Valley and beyond.

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Colleges across the country are grappling with protest rallies and marches. They've been sparked by concerns about race relations and accusations of systemic bias against black and Hispanic students.

Syrian Refugees Find Suspicion, Hope In Allentown

Nov 14, 2015
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The Lehigh Valley has one of the oldest and largest Syrian communities in the United States, making it an attractive place for refugees fleeing that country's civil war to resettle. The first few families began trickling in this summer. Not only do they have to adjust to a whole new culture, but distrust among Syrians — stoked by violence back home — has followed them to Allentown. 

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Students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University are standing by students at other colleges and universities that have been plagued by racial tensions.  Many of the protesting students wore black, the color of the University of Missouri, and they held fists high in the shadow of the Hall of Languages Thursday. They chanted “we do it for Mizzou” and “black lives matter.”

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There's yet another casualty of the stalemate: rape crisis centers. Some have had to stop group counseling sessions. Others can't take on new clients for individual counseling after a rape or sexual assault. That's because most rely on state and federal funding, and the commonwealth hasn't had a budget for more than 130 days.

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She has overcome poverty, abuse, the illness of a child and years of alcohol addiction, yet remains the epitome of strength. That’s the personal story told by author Lucille O’Neal Wednesday at the YWCA’s Empowering Women Luncheon.