World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an annual commemoration established by the United Nations to recognize refugees and displaced persons for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and strife.

This year, the Restoring Family Links program of the American Red Cross is working with partners and members of the refugee community in Seattle, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Washington, DC to celebrate World Refugee Day.

These events will celebrate the refugee community while also highlighting the services provided by the American Red Cross and other refugee service organizations.

At each American Red Cross supported World Refugee Day event across the US, there will be an opportunity to connect families who have been separated by crisis, conflict or migration.

These opportunities will vary depending on the location but, as a whole, will represent the full spectrum of Restoring Family Links services including Red Cross Messages and phone communication opportunities.

Events

Minneapolis
June 14th
12:00-5:00pm
Wellstone Center (also known as Neighborhood House)
179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, MN 55107
The singular event in the Twin Cities aimed at celebrating the over 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota. This event raises awareness about refugee cultures, issues, and resources, while working to bridge the cultural gap between longtime Minnesotans and our newest community members. On-site Red Cross Messages and photo services will be available as well as consultation for other Restoring Family Links services.

Map of the refugee population in Minnesota

Seattle
June 20th – 22nd
Friday: 6:30pm through the evening
Saturday: all day events starting at 10:30am
Sunday: 10:30am-5pm
Downtown Seattle (2nd & Senca) in an empty storefront.
The American Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, University Presbyterian Church, and World Relief are holding an action-packed weekend for World Refugee Day. Friday is night is the opening night for ARTvocacy, a showcase of art created by the talented individuals who have come to the U.S. as refugees. Come see spectacular art and enjoy free appetizers. The gallery will be open to the public all weekend. On Saturday night, a showing of the Oscar-nominated feature film The Visitor will be followed by a panel organized by World Relief. The film explores issues of identity and immigration, and the panelists will also share about their experiences as immigrants in the Puget Sound. On-site Red Cross Messages will be available as well as the ability to do intake for all other RFL services.

Map of the refugee population in Washington

Houston
June 21st, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Raindrop Foundation Turkish House
9301 W Bellfort Ave, Houston TX 77031
This is the 6th annual celebration of the contributions of refugees to the Greater Houston Area. A collaboration of the five primary Refugee Resettlement Agencies and other organizations that serve the refugee community convene each year to promote available services and display the vast array of cultures that have come to Houston through exhibits including fashion, unique household items, art, and music. On-site Red Cross Messages will be available as well as the ability to do intake for all other RFL services.

Map of the refugee population in Texas

Phoenix
June 21st
10:00am-2:00pm
Phoenix Civic Space Park, A.E. England Building
424 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
The United Nations, International Rescue Committee, Welcome to America Project, Catholic Charities, Department of Economic Security and the American Red Cross are collaborating together to provide services and entertainment in celebration of World Refugee Day.

Map of the refugee population in Arizona

Washington, DC
June 20th
3:00pm-8:00pm
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
The American Red Cross in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services, Ethiopian Community Development Council and other refugee service provider organizations will be hosting a World Refugee Day event themed “Embracing Our Identities.” The event will feature art from refugees in the DC area as well as cultural performances, food, and guest speakers! On-site Red Cross Messages will be available as well as the ability to do intake for all other RFL services.

Map of the refugee population in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area

News

SLIDESHOW: World Refugee Day: More than a Number

International Humanitarian Law and the Syrian Civil War
Story by Cody Austin, Western Washington Region, International Services Coordinator

Equality for Women is Progress for All
Story by Sarah Rothman, Western Washington Region, International Services and Language Bank Manager

Contributing to Social Justice through Restoring Family Links
Story by Cody Austin, Western Washington Region, International Services Coordinator

Five year search for sister ends with Red Cross Help
Story by Katie Kusnierek/Photos by Daniel Soderstrom

From Spain to Minnesota, and still with the Red Cross
Story and photos by Kelly Lynch, Northern Minnesota Region, Communications Intern

Growing the Restoring Family Links Program in Arizona
Story by Vicente Baamonde and Elissa Maish, International Service Program Managers for Phoenix and Tucson

Grand Canyon Chapter Connects Phoenix Kids with Mother in Africa
Story by Brian Gomez, Phoenix, Arizona Chapter