Delegate Impact

Honorary Delegate Mohy Omer (DC) was appointed as a board member of the Refugee Center Online.

Mohy was previously Delegate for the District of Columbia, now he promotes peace worldwide and is setting a vision for Refugee Center Online.

Delegate George Tarr (NY) presented his journey in film at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The presentation was well-attended and informed participants about the challenges that refugees face.

Delegate Suraj Budathoki (NH), Building Community of New Hampshire (BCNH), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), Overcomers Support Services, Rohingya Society of Greater Nashua and local leaders sponsored and organized the New American Leadership Academy.

This academy focused on creating more opportunities for migrant and refugee alums and New American leaders by enhancing their leadership skills through experience. Delegate Wilmot Collins (MT) was the keynote speaker of the event. Delegate Omar Bah (RI), thanked the organizing committee, “Under the limited LIRS funding, this cohort has made a significant progress in developing our grassroots efforts in the surrounding areas. These leaders will make significant impact through their projects activities in the lives of others and bring positive change in their communities,” said Omar.

Delegate Beni De Dieu Luzau (MD) attended a conference organized by the Canadian Council for Refugees & the Center for Refugee Studies of York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Over 800 participants from all over the world came together for networking, advocating, and strengthening NGOs. Topics discussed ranged from welcome & integration to rights & status, global protection, durable solutions, immigration & detention, the Rohingya crisis, current situation of refugees in Israel, refugee women, use of technology to promote refugee protection & integration, mental health & detention, and issues facing LGBTQI refugees.

Delegate Kamal Dhimal (NC) joins with Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency to organize World Refugee Day event in Charlotte, NC.

Refugee Congress Delegate Kamal Dhimal (NC) was pleased to partner with Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency for a World Refugee Dinner held at the Simmons YMCA on June 14. Elected officials from the Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County Commissioners Office enjoyed a dinner provided by refugee- owned business King of Spicy and heard stories from former refugees about their experiences and accomplishments since arriving in Charlotte.

Honorary Delegate Som Subedi Held a Demonstration Against the Travel Ban

Delegate Som Subedi (OR), along with twenty-six organizations, civil society, community and government held a demonstration against the first anniversary of President Trump’s rolling initiatives banning refugees and immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority nations. The demonstration took place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at an officially permitted free-speech zone at Portland International Airport . Welcoming North westerners, including representatives of Oregon’s Congressional delegation honored traditional elders, civic activists, and business leaders of Portland communities. This was a demonstration of local compassion and solidarity with immigrant and refugeecommunities.

Honorary Delegate Hadidja Nyiransekuye (TX) has been conducting formal outreach presentations at her university, University of North Texas.

Honorary Delegate Hadidja Nyiransekuye (TX) has been conducting formal outreach presentations at her university, University of North Texas. These presentations are opening Social Work and other students’ eyes to the experience of being a refugee.

Delegate Biar Atem (NV) participated in the annual Business Leader and Principal for a Day event.

Delegate Biar Atem (NV) participated in the annual Business Leader and Principal for a Day event. The event included shadowing with a principal and allowed participants to have instant dialogue with other community leaders and the principal about the successes and challenges we face in public education.

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) helped to organize protest at the Louisiana State University on the anniversary of the travel ban.

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) helped to organize a protest at the Louisiana State University on the anniversary of the travel ban. Protesters sought to raise awareness for the those hurt by the ban, as well as remind everyone that the ban is still in existence.