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On January 20th, a new president will be inaugurated providing opportunities to both address and correct the harms Trump levied against refugee resettlement, and to reimagine and build a more robust, inclusive, and equitable resettlement program.
Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) and Center for Migration Studies New York (CMSNY) conducted a series of national listening sessions bringing together resettled refugees, resettlement workers, and community and government partners to think about just this future. The result was a first-of-its-kind report detailing what was working, internal and external challenges facing the program, and how the program could be rebuilt.
RCUSA and CMSNY will co-host a panel discussion on the eve of the inauguration to encourage the President-elect to tap the expertise of those who live the program, including refugees and other community stakeholders, to rebuild the US refugee resettlement program. We are joined by refugee leaders to guide the way as we discuss the administrative transition and the future for refugees in the US.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 1-2 pm ET
Adam Hunter, RCUSA Executive Director
Danielle Grigsby, RCUSA Director of Policy and Practice
Donald Kerwin, CMSNY Executive Director
Drocella Mugorewera, Refugee Congress Board Member and Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services
There’s power in sharing your story, and advocates often emphasize getting personal when doing the work of building support around a cause. The personal is compelling, while facts often fall flat. Having the opportunity to share your story can drive change and be liberating. And it can also take a lot of emotional and mental energy, particularly when the part of your story you’re being asked to retell may be rooted in trauma, or hardships.
A group of refugees, stateless people, and asylees who advocate for humanitarian protections gather to get honest about their experiences sharing their personal stories for the movement; the times that have felt freeing, and the things they wish reporters would stop asking. Learn more about our round table participants below, and register now to attend this virtual event on Thursday, January 21, 1-2 pm ET.
Thursday, January 21st, 2021 1-2 pm ET
State Refugee Organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and Refugee Congress Delegate
Founding Member United Stateless
Founder Bridge Refugee Investment Network
Organizer Florida Immigrant Coalition