More Than Hope

More than Hope is a multicultural performance event organized by Leslie Ebert and Jay Green in support of the millions of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war torn countries, poverty, and/or violent persecution. The music and dance performances will incorporate what it means to flee one’s home and touch on issues of belonging, assimilation, resettlement, and what it means to belong.

February 19th at 5pm at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center. All proceeds from the event will support the Luminus Network for New Americans.

Project Safe Haven

With the recent civil unrest and war in Afghanistan and Ukraine, many Afghans and Ukrainians need protection to stay in the United States. USCIS has designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both nations. Our goal is to support nationals from Afghanistan and Ukraine apply for TPS and help cover the application and legal fees associated with TPS.

With your help, we can protect and support Afghans and Ukrainians. 


For the past six months, in collaboration with many organizations, supporters, and volunteers, Luminus has been supporting newly arrived Afghan families by addressing urgent concerns and needs. We are excited to share some of this work with you.

Transportation Partners Initiative

Without access to reliable transportation, commuting to work becomes a constraint for many New Americans. Currently, 82% of the immigrants and refugees we support do not have access to a car. Luminus has launched a new Transportation Initiative to mitigate some of the barriers in transportation.



Jay Nwachu, a Nigerian immigrant, helps New Americans and other entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful, scalable businesses that benefit their communities.

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When she first came to the United States, Alexandra Kim struggled to navigate a new life in a new language. Now, she helps Korean immigrants bridge that same gap as a reporter for Chosun Ilbo USA.

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We help New Americans shine.

America’s richness comes from its diversity, which has been shaped by generations of immigrants who bravely pursued their dreams. Then and now, as New Americans work to achieve those dreams and adapt to their new lives, they face unique challenges. Luminus helps to shine a light on these issues and to illuminate the path for immigrants.

For more than 40 years, Luminus has empowered New Americans by offering legal, social, and language services to help them achieve their goals. We also seek systematic changes that will better the lives of all immigrants. Based in Columbia, Maryland, we envision a community that welcomes immigrant neighbors, values their cultures, understands and addresses their needs, celebrates their achievements, and elevates their voices. Our dream is a bright future for all New Americans.

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Our Programs

Immigration Legal Services

Assisting you and your family as you navigate the immigration process.

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Family & Community Services

Connecting you to information and resources you need to navigate life in America.

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Seeking trusted community members to assist New Americans.

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Afghan Alliance

Meeting the urgent call to support and advocate for individuals and families fleeing Afghanistan.

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Health Equity

Bettering the health of all immigrants through systematic change.

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Helping immigrants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.

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