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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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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Eugenie Mukeshimana

Eugenie Mukeshimana

State: Maryland

City of Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

Country of origin: Rwanda

Arrival in the U.S.: 2001

Ms. Eugenie Mukeshimana is a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. After struggling with this traumatic experience for nearly eight years, she and her daughter finally left in 2001 for the United States and were granted asylum. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 2010, Ms. Mukeshimana founded Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN), a New Jersey-based charitable organization that helps genocide survivors rebuild their lives. Since …

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Maryland: Beni DeDieu Luzau

Maryland: Beni DeDieu Luzau

State: Maryland

City of Residence: Silver Spring, Maryland

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Arrival in the U.S.: 2008

Mr. Beni DeDieu Luzau fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to avoid imprisonment for his advocacy work on LGBTI issues and HIV/AIDS awareness. In the U.S. he continues his work for social justice as a member of the National LGBTQ Task Force and founder of the Refugee Alliance Network (RAN). He also works as a correspondent for a Belgian Magazine called Telsquels, and serves as a …

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