Refuge in the Mountain State


A film by Emily Harger

In West Virginia, where almost 70 percent of the presidential vote went to Donald Trump, religious leaders of different faiths are working to find common ground and together offer a safe space for refugees. In December 2016, the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry received federal approval to resettle 100 refugees. Then, President Trump announced his controversial travel ban, which aimed to restrict the entry of refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

This Glassbreaker Films short doc was produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting. It is part of "The Divided," a video series that explores the hopes, fears and actions that followed the 2016 presidential election.  To view the full series, please visit:


Director/Producer: Emily Harger
Production Assistant: Sarah Holm
Audio Post Production: Berkeley Sound Artists
Re-recording mixer and editor: Bijan Sharifi
Coordinating Producer: Rachel de Leon
Senior Producer: Aubrey Aden-Buie
Executive Producer: Amanda Pike
Editor in Chief: Amy Pyle