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

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: http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Refugee-camp-near-downtown-Sioux-Falls-calls-attention-to-plight-429771533.html

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

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.

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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.

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Ekhlas Ahmed Discusses Her Story with Glamour Magazine

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: http://www.glamour.com/story/world-refugee-day-ekhlas-ahmed-telling-her-story

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

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: http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/05/11/first-ever-refugee-advocacy-day-calls-on-legislators-for-compassion-.html

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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.

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Biar Atem Debuts on Hello Mayor! to Discuss Catholic Charities and Share His Story

Biar Atem Debuts on Hello Mayor! to Discuss Catholic Charities and Share His Story

Nevada delegate, Biar Atem conducted an interview with local television program, Hello Mayor!, which was completing a story on the work of Catholic Charities providing much-needed resources and aid to newly-integrating refugees. In this interview Biar shares his story of growing up one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan and his process of transition into life in the US.

See his full interview here.

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Beni Dedieu Luzau and the LGBTQI Caucus Recenter the Voices of the LBTQI Refugee Community

Beni Dedieu Luzau and the LGBTQI Caucus Recenter the Voices of the LBTQI Refugee Community

As part of the World Refugee Day celebrations, the Refugee Congress LGBTQI Caucus hosted a forum in the Russell Senate Building. Joined by other members of the refugee community as well as representatives from International Rescue Committee, International Refugee Assistance Project, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, UNHCR and the State Department, this event provided the space for the LGBTQI and ally community to discuss the recent Orlando shooting and its implications.

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Delegate Som Subedi Helps Organize Thank You to Oregon Governor and Writes Op-Ed

Delegate Som Subedi Helps Organize Thank You to Oregon Governor and Writes Op-Ed

Delegate Som Nath Subedi helped organized a ceremony on February 2nd that brought refugee leaders from diverse communities, including a Syrian family, to the State Capitol to honor Governor Kate Brown and their state legislative assembly delegates for Oregon’s compassionate embrace of refugee families and communities. Refugees representing Oregon’s 50 years of kindness shared their stories from home, refugee camps and resettlement here. Settled Oregonians shared how their successful sponsoring and mentoring New Americans by teaching English, helping families to own homes, fostering self-sufficiency and …

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Som Nath Subedi Adds a Touch of Realism to World Refugee Day

Som Nath Subedi Adds a Touch of Realism to World Refugee Day

June 20th was both the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and World Refugee Day, where at a joint presentation our Delegate Som Nath Subedi got an opportunity to humanize politicized discussions of the US Resettlement Program. He shared parts of his trials as a refugee making his way to the US from Bhutan, and then the paradoxes of the American Dream he confronted upon arrival.

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