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21 June 2017
The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20052

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Please join the UNA-NCA on June 21, 2017 for first-account stories from refugees along with a moderated panel discussion. This event is open to the public and free for students as well as UNA-NCA members.

Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, refugees and other displaced persons have witnessed an increase in negative perceptions of their presence in the United States mostly notably after Executive Order 13769. Despite the blocking of this travel ban through a federal judge Derrick Watson, mainstream Americans continue to hold insufficient knowledge on the circumstances pertaining to refugees and other displaced persons. This event seeks to dispel the associated myths and misconceptions and will highlight personal accounts of past and present refugees in the local Washington, DC area drawing on the diverse perspectives of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities. The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution) drawing on the past and present policies and actions taken at the local, national, and global level.

  • Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
  • Niemat Ahmadi, President, Darfur Women Action Group
  • Faith Akovi Cooper, Regional Advisor, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Mr. Larry Yungk, Senior Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Daniel Sullivan, Senior Advocate, Refugees International


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