Refugee Congress and Delegate Drocella Mugorewera (TN) will be awarded the CWS Champions for Change Award.

Refugee Congress and Delegate Drocella Mugorewera (TN) will be awarded the CWS Champions for Change Award.
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
Read More »

Delegate Omar Bah (RI), Honorary Delegate Isabel Kayembe (RI), and the Refugee Dream Center held their inaugural Cultural Gala.

Delegate Omar Bah (RI), Honorary Delegate Isabel Kayembe (RI), and the Refugee Dream Center held their inaugural Cultural Gala.

Delegate Omar Bah (RI), Honorary Delegate Isabel Kayembe (RI), and the Refugee Dream Center held their inaugural Cultural Gala. The event featured speeches, a cultural showcase, and an awards ceremony.

Read More »

Delegate Esmail Dezhbod (CT) presented an overview and update on the Refugee Resettlement Programs in Connecticut.

Delegate Esmail Dezhbod (CT) presented an overview and update on the Refugee Resettlement Programs in Connecticut.
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
Read More »

Delegate Basma Alawee (FL) was a featured speaker The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s event.

Delegate Basma Alawee (FL) was a featured speaker The University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s event.
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
Read More »

Delegate Valdir Solera Junior (HI) and his team did social media activism and engagement around voter registration.

Delegate Valdir Solera Junior (HI) and his team did social media activism and engagement around voter registration.
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
Read More »

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) hosted a series of Voters sensitization and Citizenship workshops

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) hosted a series of Voters sensitization and Citizenship workshops
Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
Read More »

Missouri: Julia Ostropolsky

Missouri: Julia Ostropolsky

State: Missouri
City of Residence: St. Louis
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Arrival in the U.S.:
JULIA OSTROPOLSKY, MSW, LCSW arrived in the U.S. with her parents as a stateless refugee near the end of the Soviet era. Growing up, she witnessed the struggles of her family and the Russian-speaking community to adapt to and understand their new lives in America. After graduating from the University of Toledo and receiving her Masters in Social Work from Washington University, Julia began working with the Russian-Jewish community in St. Louis County. Julia identified …

Read More »

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

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.

Read More »

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

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.

Read More »

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.

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.

Read More »

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.

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.

Read More »

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) and the Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants celebrated World Refugee Day in Baton Rouge, LA

Delegate Dauda Sesay (LA) and the Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants celebrated World Refugee Day in Baton Rouge, LA

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

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.

Read More »

New Hampshire: Suraj Budathoki

New Hampshire: Suraj Budathoki

State: New Hampshire

City of Residence: Manchester, New Hampshire

Country of origin: Bhutan

Arrival in the U.S.: 2009

Suraj Budathoki is the Interim Executive Director in the Building Community in New Hampshire, BCNH, formerly Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire. Mr. Budathoki who has a broad understanding of Refugees, Immigrants, and New Americans in New Hampshire and beyond is a founding member of BCNH and a contributor at BCNH since the inception of the corporation.

Prior to pursuing BCNH executive leadership, Mr. Budathoki coordinated marketplace Navigation and New American Youth Engagement Project …

Read More »

Louisiana:: Dauda Sesay 

Louisiana:: Dauda Sesay 

State:  Louisiana

City of Residence:  Baton Rouge

Country of Origin:  Sierra Leone

Arrival in the U.S.:  2009

Dauda fled Sierra Leone due to the brutal war that led to the murder of his father and younger sister. While he was fleeing the military and the rebels, he was shot and seriously injured.  In the refugee camp in the Gambia, he worked with other refugees to advocate for better living conditions in the camp and education for the children. When his injury required further surgery, he moved to the capital, …

Read More »