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Veterans and Refugees: A World Refugee Day Conversation About Freedom

June 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The LBJ Washington Center and Human Rights First will host an event in honor of World Refugee Day to raise awareness of the millions of men, women, and children forced to flee their homes due to conflict.

Veterans wish to support Afghani, Iraqi, and other refugees who served previously as, among other things, interpreters and translators for American armed forces overseas. Although these refugees are in danger from extremist groups due to their service, it is difficult for them to achieve asylum in the United States. It is in the U.S. national interest, and compelled by American values, to assist with relocating these refugees in our country.  Please join us for an interactive discussion of U.S. refugee policy from the perspectives of veterans, policy specialists, and refugees themselves.

We hope you will join us.

Best Regards,

Scott Cooper
Director, National Security Outreach



Monday, June 20, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM


The LBJ Washington Center

1100 New York Ave NW, Suite 290 (Mezzanine Level)

Washington, D.C. 

Please take the staircase or elevator just inside the New York Ave. entrance up one flight

Refreshments will be served


Welcome Remarks:

Tom O'Donnell
Inaugural Director, LBJ Washington Center

Scott Cooper 
Director of National Security Outreach, Human Rights First

Panel Discussion:

Jasmine El-Gamal (Moderator)
Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council 

Ajmal Faqiri
Former interpreter for the United States military in Afghanistan

Myra Dahgaypaw
A Karen refugee from Burma

Lauren Augustine
Army veteran and Legislative Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Joe Jenkins
Marine Corps veteran and graduate fellow, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Washington Center


Press must RSVP to Christopher Plummer [email protected] or 202-370-3310

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