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World Refugee Day

June 19 from 5-6pm

The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day has been observed on June 20 each year since 2001. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men, and children who have fled persecution and resettled in our city as neighbors, business owners, public servants, and friends. Today we honor the courage and contributions of refugees in our community, and we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the bipartisan Refugee Act of 1980 which created the US Refugee Admissions Program.

This year Bridge Refugee Services will live stream the World Refugee Day celebration on Facebook and Youtube on Saturday, June 19th from 5-6pm. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate the Journey’ and the virtual event will include opportunities to learn more about the cultures and experiences of refugees, including a messages from national leaders, storytelling, and music and dance performances. The online event is free for all to attend and the program will be interpreted in Spanish, Arabic, Kiswahili, and Kinyarwanda.