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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Ekhlas Ahmed expresses the importance of education for refugee women and girls

Ekhlas Ahmed expresses the importance of education for refugee women and girls

At the Northeast Refugee Congress, Ekhlas was amongst several delegates to advocate for refugee rights and empowerment. More than 100 people attended the conference, which focused on tackling the challenges that refugees face after being resettled, such as health care and education. Read more about the conference here.

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Jihan Daman Mobilizes Faith Community in Michigan

Jihan has been working tirelessly with various faith communities in Michigan to bring the voices of faith leaders to elected officials. She is working with the Lutheran Church Assistant Bishop and other Chaldean community leaders along with our Bishop to arrange a meeting with representatives of the Michigan Governor’s office.

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Resettled Liberian Civil War refugee shares experiences at Missoula forum

Resettled Liberian Civil War refugee shares experiences at Missoula forum

Wilmot shared his experiences as a resettled refugee at a city forum, hosted by the city club and attended by the Missoula residents. Soft Landings Missoula hopes to open another resettlement agency with assistance of the International Rescue Committee, and speakers like Wilmot help raise awareness of the importance of this effort. There are mixed opinions in Missoula about resettlement, but Wilmot’s stories helped demonstrate the importance of resettlement and the necessity of sponsoring agencies. Read about the forum here:

Resettled Liberian Civil War refugee shares …

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Biar Atem Speaks with Students, Congregations, Policymakers and the Media

Biar Atem Speaks with Students, Congregations, Policymakers and the Media

Delegate Biar Atem been busy the past few months! In January, he was interviewed by students from Alexander Dawson School in Las Vegas, who did a video story about him for the U.S. for C-Span Student Contest. Biar spoke to the congregation at Unity Church Las Vegas. He also shared his story and, along with Carisa Ramirez-Lopez, Catholic Charities VP of Immigration and Refugee Services, spoke about refugees and the resettlement program in Nevada with the North Valley Democratic Club.

In December, Biar shared his story …

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DELEGATES TAKE REFUGEE/ASYLEE CONCERNS TO U.S. CONGRESS

DELEGATES TAKE REFUGEE/ASYLEE CONCERNS TO U.S. CONGRESS

The 2013 Refugee Congress in Washington D.C. was followed by an “Advocacy in Action” day during which delegates from most of the 50 U.S. states met individually with their representatives in the U.S. Congress, urging support on issues of concern to refugees and asylees in the United States.

[Click here to see photographs of delegates’ “Advocacy Day” meetings in the U.S. Congress].

The meetings – over 100 in total – gave refugees and elected national lawmakers an opportunity to sit down face to face to share their …

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Meeting Between Stakeholders and Resettled Refugees in Maryland

Luzau is organizing several meetings between resettled refugees and various elected officials at the state and local levels during the week of Nov. 30th to discuss Syrian resettlement.

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6 Voices for 6 Decades – Charlene Schiff, Poland

6 Voices for 6 Decades – Hadidja Nyiransekuyc, Rwanda

6 Voices for 6 Decades – Haidar Emhareb, Iraq

6 Voices for 6 Decades – Hiram Ruiz, Cuba

6 Voices for 6 Decades – Harry Wu, China

Selena Sujoldzic

Selena Sujoldzic

State: Kansas

City of Residence: Wichita, Kansas

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arrival in the U.S.: 1995

Ms. Selena Sujoldzic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to the genocide and ethnic cleansing, Ms. Sujoldzic and her family were resettled to the United States in 1995 with the help of human and refugee rights organizations. Since then, her life’s goal has been to further human and refugee rights. Ms. Sujoldzic obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University and a law degree …

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