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Sana was on a summer exchange program in the United States when her father was disappeared by Syria’s Assad regime. Fearing they were next, her mother and sister fled to Turkey with nothing. Overnight, Sana no longer had a home to return to. She was a refugee. And an activist.


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Sana sets the record straight on who Syrian refugees are, how the resettlement process works, and why we need to counter negative media messages.

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June 21, 2016 Top News World Refugee Day Today, to mark World Refugee Day, 28 of the nation's most prominent national security leaders, retired generals and admirals, and former government...
June 20, 2016 By Elise Adams TED Ed recently published an informational video explaining what it means to be a refugee in today’s world. The United Nations 1951 convention officially defined the term...
June 07, 2016 Last week KCRW’s To the Point featured an hour-long discussion evaluating U.S. efforts in the global refugee crisis. Human Rights First’s Jennifer Quigley was a guest on the program,...

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As the director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program, Eleanor Acer oversees Human Rights First’s research and advocacy on issues relating to refugee protection, asylum, and migrants’...

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