Compacts of Free Association

Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese founder Melisa Laelan

Arkansas Marshallese community concerned about ongoing treaty renegotiation with U.S.

BY: - September 8, 2023

The compact that allows Arkansas’ Marshallese community to live and work here expires at the end of the month, and a new agreement isn’t likely before the Sept. 30 deadline. And while U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, the Arkansas Republican who chairs the committee overseeing the renegotiation, said there’s no need to panic yet, the uncertainty […]

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families NWA Director Laura Kellams, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese CEO Melisa Laelan

New report urges legislative action to provide SNAP benefits to Arkansas’ Marshallese community

BY: - August 31, 2023

A report released Thursday advocates for extending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to the thousands of Marshallese migrants who lawfully reside in Arkansas and struggle with food insecurity.   Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families worked with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese for more than a year on the report, which recommends granting Marshallese migrants […]