The Georgia refugee community welcomes you to a 2016 World Refugee Day celebration event:
The World Refugee Crisis: Georgia’s Global Impact
June 20th is World Refugee Day, a time where people gather together across the globe to remember the struggles refugees face, but also to celebrate the amazing ways they contribute in their new communities. We are excited to be hosting an event in Atlanta this year, and we are writing you today to extend a formal invitation to this event to be held on June 20th, 2016 in Atlanta.
See below for more information, and be sure to RSVP at the top of the page.
Monday, June 20 (World Refugee Day)
10:00 a.m. – noon – USCIS Naturalization Ceremony
Noon-1pm – lunch and panel discussion with Rev. Wright
RSVP Required. See "RSVP" on top of page.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Help us celebrate some of Georgia’s newest citizens, as USCIS swears in former refugees as new American citizens. Opening remarks will be provided by the Welcoming Atlanta office with guest speaker Derreck Kayongo offering welcoming remarks for the new citizens.
Naturalization ceremonies are an exciting way to watch as refugees end their journey in the happiest way – by becoming American citizens. Whether you were born a citizen, are on your way to citizenship or have been through a ceremony yourself, naturalization ceremonies are a touching way to share someone’s journey, and to welcome them at a time that is most precious to them.
The second portion of the day includes lunch and a panel discussion with experts who work with refugees globally and locally as well as compelling stories from refugees from various seasons of their resettlement journey.The panel will be moderated by Ely Yu of WABE.
Georgia has long been one of the United States’ top locations for refugee resettlement thanks to welcoming communities, abundant jobs and diverse citizens. How does Georgia’s willingness to accept new Americans play into the overall global plan to welcome newcomers, and how will ongoing conflicts shape the future of resettlement in Georgia?
Hear from experts on the past, present, and future of Georgia’s role in the global world of refugee resettlement.
* Bishop Rev. Robert Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
* J.D. McCrary, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee in Atlanta
* Nick Osborne, VP of International Programs and Operations, CARE
* Michelle Mazier, Director of Immigrant Affairs, Welcoming Atlanta
* Chantal Mucyo, Immigration Legal Services Specialist,World Relief Atlanta
Contact Stephanie Ali, Communications and Policy Coordinator, New American Pathways - firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 299-6099 ext. 268
All political officials and staff members in attendance have been invited as representatives of their current offices and not as a past, present or future political candidate.