Delegate Impact

Colorado Delegate Shambel Zeru featured on CBSlocal

Colorado Delegate Shambel Zeru was featured on CBSlocal news for his recent graduation from high school. Read more about his story here.

Wyoming Delegate Bertine Bahige featured on Radio Program

Wyoming delegate Bertine Bahige was featured on Wyoming Public Media recently and told his story from refugee to former refugee. Listen here.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer writes about Refugee Congress

Patricia Nyhan writes, “Looking for a way to engage in refugee support, despite pullback on immigration? Try reaching out to members of a Congress you may not have heard of yet – the Refugee Congress.” Read more here.

Refugee camp by Delegate Clara Hart near downtown Sioux Falls calls attention to plight

Clara Hart, South Dakota delegate and Refugee Congress Board Chair, hosted a Refugee Camp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on World Refugee Day to call attention to the plight of refugees. View the article here:

Beni Dedieu Luzau Attends World Refugee Day Rally at the White House

In honor of World Refugee Day, Maryland delegate Beni Dedieu Luzau attended a rally at the White House encouraging the administration to continue the refugee program.

Shambel Zeru Receives 2017 Mayor’s Youth Award

Colorado delegate Shambel Zeru received the 2017 Mayor’s Youth Award in Aurora, Colorado. Check out the video of the ceremony.

Ekhlas Ahmed Discusses Her Story with Glamour Magazine

When Ekhlas Ahmed was growing up in Darfur, Sudan, it wasn’t a violent, war-torn country or the site of a horrific genocide. For Ahmed, at least, it was a happy home. She spent most of her time with her parents and her three brothers or in school. Read more about Ekhlas here:

Hadidja Nyiransekuye and Jean-Claude Mauridi Lead at Texas Refugee Advocacy Day

Honorary Texas delegates Hadidja and Jean-Claude participated in a first of its kind Refugee Advocacy Day at the Texas state capitol. The day included visits with legislators. See this related article for more information:

Wilmot Collins Talks About the Refugee Process at TEDxHelena

Wilmot Collins, delegate from Montana, shared his refugee experience at TEDxHelena. His story is unique but echoes the resilience and strength of all refugees.

American Red Cross Honors Everyday Hero Biar Atem

The American Red Cross held its annual Everyday Hero Awards ceremony honoring local heroes for their service to the community.  The Venetian and The Palazzo’s Biar Atem was honored with the award for Community Impact through his efforts with The South Sudan Center of America, which he founded as a resource for South Sudanese people in Nevada.

Read more about the award here: