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​World Refugee Day Reflection: Protecting the Persecuted, Around the World and At Home

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June 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Special Luncheon Invitation
World Refugee Day Reflection:  Protecting the Persecuted, Around the World and At Home

June 16, 2015
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Light lunch will be served

As World Refugee Day approaches on June 20, there are more refugees globally than at any time since World War II.  Over 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, and many are facing tremendous impediments as they try to escape from harm and access protection.  Religious persecution, brutal human rights abuses and civil war are driving many to flee their countries in search of asylum.  Yet, refugees face a barrage of barriers as they seek protection.  Boats carrying refugees and migrants have been turned away, or left stranded at sea.  Refugees are often blocked at borders.  Here, in the United States, refugees who seek asylum face a range of challenges.  Some are denied access to asylum through expedited border procedures.  Others – including mothers and children who have fled Central America – are sent to immigration detention facilities, despite the existence of more humane and cost-effective alternatives.

Expert panelists will discuss the global refugee challenges, the forces driving people to flee, U.S. commitment to protecting refugees facing political, religious and other persecution, and steps the United States should take to better protect refugees around the world, and here at home.  Human Rights First will also share its newly issued report examining one year of U.S. detention of families seeking asylum.


Eleanor Acer
Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

Elizabeth Cassidy
Deputy Director for Policy and Research, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Alex Nowrasteh
Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute


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