Ahead of World Refugee Day, Advocates Gather to Call for Restoring Welcome

Latest news | Jun 13, 2022 07:06 pm


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Ahead of World Refugee Day, Advocates Gather to Call for Restoring Welcome

Washington D.C. – TODAY, ahead of World Refugee Day (June 20), directly-impacted leaders, faith leaders, and advocates will gather from 7:00-8:00 PM ET to discuss the urgent need to restore welcome for all. Over the past ten years, the global refugee population has more than doubled—now exceeding 84 million—but the U.S.’ ability to welcome refugees, asylum seekers, and others seeking safety has deteriorated. 

This virtual event will share updates about the current state of the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum systems and opportunities to advocate for more welcoming policies. It will feature live music and moving stories from directly-impacted refugee leaders, as well as reflections and prayers.

WHAT: Online Event “Holy Voices for World Refugee Day: Welcome For All!”

WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2022; 7:00-8:00 PM ET 

WHERE: On Zoom and via livestream on Facebook

WHO: Directly-impacted leaders, faith communities, humanitarian organizations, immigrants’ rights groups, members of the media


  • Mustafa Babak, Afghan-American Foundation
  • DJ Grin (Mahanga Donald), Congolese refugee artist and youth leader in OH
  • Tarteel Alimam, CAIR-AZ
  • Guerline Josef, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  • Gustavo Sermeno, an asylum seeker and UCC church member in OR
  • Sharon Stanley-Rea, Disciples of Christ Refugee & Immigration Ministries
  • Anika Forrest, Friends Committee on National Legislation


  • Interfaith Immigration Coalition
  • We Are All America
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Church World Service
  • Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries