I’m thrilled to announce a great opportunity for former refugees from across the country to participate in our 2014 World Refugee Day Celebration in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC on June 18-20.
Former refugee leaders are invited to come together to connect, share experiences, and advocate. Leaders will be equipped with the lobbying skills to discuss refugee issues with elected officials and will learn how to engage their own communities in promoting welcome.
All former refugees with demonstrated leadership experience will be considered for acceptance. If selected to attend, LIRS will pay for all transportation and lodging costs. There is limited space, so please apply today. Applications must be received by March 3, 2014. Please fill out the application here.
This year’s World Refugee Day Celebration takes on added significance because it is part of LIRS’s 75th Anniversary Commemoration. LIRS’s World Refugee Day Celebration activities include the following events:
- Day 1 – Refugee Advocacy Training on Lobbying: participants will learn the skills needed to discuss refugee issues with members of Congress.
- Day 2 – Lobby Visit: participants will visit members of Congress to share their stories and advocate for refugees. They will also attend our Walk of Courage Award Dinner.
- Day 3 – Refugee Advocacy Training on Leadership Development: participants will learn how to take on advocacy work in their communities.
Our goal for this World Refugee Day Celebration is to lift up the voices of all refugees in order to create welcoming communities around the country. Please feel free to contact Folabi Olagbaju, National Grassroots Director at FOlagbaju@lirs.org or 202-626-7931 if you have any follow up questions about the event or the application process.