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 […]

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:  

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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, […]


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 […]