Delegate Basma Alawee (FL), a member of the Youth and Education Caucus, leads her students to learn about the experience of being a refugee

Delegate Basma Alawee (FL), a member of the Youth and Education Caucus, leads her students to learn about the experience of being a refugee

Delegate Basma Alawee(FL), a member of the Youth and Education Caucus, organized a variety of opportunities for her students to learn about the experience of being a refugee, including supporting students to stage a play, Crossing the Border, that explored issues of diversity, culture, respect for peoples, courage, and compassion.

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Delegate Puspa Luitel (VT) was elected to serve as At-Large Director of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association

Delegate Puspa Luitel (VT) was elected to serve as At-Large Director of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association

Delegate Puspa Luitel (VT) was elected to serve as At-Large Director of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association for a 3-year term.

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Dauda Sesay, Louisiana Delegate, holds the Louisiana Refugee Advisory Council (RAC) quarterly meeting

Dauda Sesay, Louisiana Delegate, holds the Louisiana Refugee Advisory Council (RAC) quarterly meeting

Dauda Sesay, Louisiana Delegate, holds the Louisiana Refugee Advisory Council (RAC) quarterly meeting.

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Clara Hart, South Dakota Delegate, Announces run for City Council

Clara Hart, South Dakota Delegate, Announces run for City Council

Refugee Congress South Dakota Delegate, Clara Hart, announces her run for City Council. Read more here.

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Fatima Dirie, Utah delegate, featured for her work on Welcoming Week

Fatima Dirie, Utah delegate, featured for her work on Welcoming Week

Utah delegate Fatima Dirie, was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune for her work on Welcoming Week for refugees in Salt Lake City. Read more here.

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Biar Atem, Nevada Delegate, Pens a powerful op-ed on South Sudan.

Biar Atem, Nevada Delegate, Pens a powerful op-ed on South Sudan.

Nevada Delegate Biar Atem penned a powerful op-ed for The Hill, on the need for more support to South Sudan. Read more here.

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Colorado Delegate Shambel Zeru featured on CBSlocal

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.

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Wyoming Delegate Bertine Bahige featured on Radio Program

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.

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer writes about Refugee Congress

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.

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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: http://www.sands.com/media-relations/SandsConfidential/111416.html

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Heroes of the 500: Biar Atem

 

Heroes of the 500: Biar Atem | Fortune Magazine

War in the South Sudan severed an entire generation of Lost Boys from their birthplace and their families. Biar Atem is one of them. From age 7 to 21 he lived in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Source: fortune.com/heroes-of-the-fortune-500/2014/biar-atem-44/

 

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Omar Speaks at a Rally

Omar Speaks at a Rally

Omar reported that one hour after the rally, the Governor made a public statement to reaffirm her commitment to receive Syrian refugees. We will keep the public education and engagement going. Here is the video.

Omar also organized a community forum. Here are some pictures.

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Omar Bah, founder of Refugee Dream Center, speaks at the State House Rotunda in support of Syrian refugees

Omar Bah, founder of Refugee Dream Center, speaks at the State House Rotunda in support of Syrian refugees

This event to support Syrian refugees and change the perception of these refugees was planned by legislators, community and religious leaders in Rhode Island. Omar spoke in front of senators, representatives, and other Rhode Island leaders as he called on attendees to stay true to the nation’s ideals: “True to the spirit of Roger Williams and the founders of this great nation, I call on the leadership of the United States to keep the American promise of compassion, freedom and hope.” You can read more …

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Biar Atem is featured in the Las Vegas Journal-Review

Biar Atem is featured in the Las Vegas Journal-Review

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada assists many refugees in the area with their transition to the United States, such as through helping refugees find jobs and housing. One of the beneficiaries of such programs, our delegate Biar, came to the United States in 2001 and represents the eagerness of refugees to succeed and assimilate after being resettled. His story was featured in the journal because he represents the work ethic and hope that resettled refugees carry. Read the full story here:

‘Lost Boy’ in Las Vegas, …

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Selena Sujoldzic Participated in Call with White House

Ms. Sujoldzic participated in a telephone conference call with the senior Administration officials from the White House, State Department, and FBI regarding the Syrian refugee resettlement crisis. The purpose of the call was to discuss what the Administration is planning to do about growing opposition to resettlement of Syrian refugees. Call participants discussed the refugee vetting process here in the United States and how it differs from the European countries.

Starting in 2016, she will be a member of the Board of Directors for the Lutheran …

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