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U.S. Role in Syrian Refugee Crisis

March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Poised to enter its sixth year on March 16th, the conflict in Syria has displaced more than 11 million people. Nearly 4.7 million have fled the country. The failure to effectively address the humanitarian crisis has spiraled into a threat to the stability of the region surrounding Syria, the cohesion of the European Union, and the national security of the United States.  Human Rights First will host an event on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to discuss our recently released report “The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Need for U.S. Leadership," and the leading role the United States should play to address the national security and humanitarian concerns of the Syria refugee crisis.  Based on a recent trip to the region, the report details the deteriorating conditions facing Syrian refugees, the backlogs hampering U.S. progress toward meeting its commitment to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, and the impact of the failure to effectively address the refugee crisis on the stability of front-line refugee hosting states.

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Syria conflict, Human Rights First is bringing together national security professionals, former government officials, and refugee protection experts to discuss the key concerns and recommendations for U.S. leadership on the Syria refugee crisis.

This event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 15, 2015 – 3:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room G-11


  • Eleanor Acer (Moderator), Senior Director, Refugee Protection Program, Human Rights First

  • Matt Olsen, Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
    President and co-founder, IronNet Cybersecurity

  • Eric Schwartz, Vice Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
    Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota
    Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • Michael Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project and co-Founder, International Refugee Assistance Project
    Former U.S. Army officer and combat veteran

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