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The Refugee Crisis & U.S. Response

May 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Learn about the important efforts surrounding the refugee crisis in the United States, and the inspiring response from organizations including UNHCR The U.N. Refugee Agency and The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), in a conversation moderated by Grace Farms Foundation Justice Initiative Director, Krishna Patel. The panel will include informative perspectives from Larry Yungk, UNHCR’s Senior Resettlement Officer, Claudia Connor, the President & CEO of IICONN, Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq., the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Maha Karahamad, a recently resettled Syrian refugee and a Coordinator on the Strategic Foundation Partnerships Team for Save The Children here in Connecticut.

UHCR has been committed to their work protecting and assisting refugees around the world since their establishment during the aftermath of the second world war in 1950. Today, they strive to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to eventually return home, integrate or resettle. Since 1918, IICONN’s Refugee Services Program has assisted adults and families who have fled war and persecution in their home countries, and in many cases spent decades in refugee camps. The organization focuses on helping those individuals who face significant barriers to adjusting to their new environment by offering legal, social, linguistic, and educational programs to help them overcome these obstacles.

Register for the May Community Dinner, here, which will immediately precede the panel.


May 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Grace Farms
365 Lukes Wood Road
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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