World Refugee Day Houston

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About World Refugee Day Houston

World Refugee Day was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Since 2003, the Houston Refugee Consortium has honored refugees at the annual World Refugee Day event which is hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR, and many community partners. The Houston Refugee Consortium is a partnership of six organizations serving refugees in Houston; the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Bilingual Education Institute, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, Interfaith Ministries, Refugee Services of Texas and YMCA International Services.

For the past few years, Houston has led refugee resettlement nationally, welcoming more refugees than any other city in the United States. Every year, thousands of refugees from all over the world resettle in the greater Houston area. Since 1978, refugees have been rebuilding their lives in Houston and contributing to our city in many ways. For that reason, we honor and celebrate their strength and perseverance on World Refugee Day

2017 Co-chairs:
Selene Escalera- Alliance for Multicultural Community Services
Joe Saceric – YMCA International



1. RAISE AWARENESS: World Refugee Day introduces the general public to the many contributions refugees make in Houston
2. HONOR REFUGEES: World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who were forced to flee their homes and rebuild their lives
3. SHOW GRATTITUDE: World Refugee Day thanks the many Houstonians who have welcomed refugees with open arms for than 40 years.


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World Refugee Day Houston

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Saturday June 17, 2017
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Levy Park
3801 Eastside Street
Houston, TX 77098
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The Houston Refugee Consortium will celebrate refugees’ courage and contributions at the World Refugee Day Houston event on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Levy Park from 4:00-7:00pm.
The event will feature musicians, dancers, a resource/artisan fair, and Houstonians will have the opportunity to taste food from refugee and immigrant owned restaurants.
Bring the whole family to this fun, free, and educational event!


Getting Here and Parking

Levy Park is located at 3801 Eastside St., Houston, TX 77098
Free parking is located along the perimeter of the park. Additional parking can be found in the Kirby Grove office building at the corner of Richmond and Wakeforest.

See you there!!


2017 Sponsors




Houston Refugee Consortium


Planning Committee Honorary Members


Community Partners


Kid’s Activities and Supplies Donated by:
IKEA Houston
and Be the Peace, Be the Hope

Water and Snacks Donated by:
Houston Food Bank

Coolers and Ice Donated by:




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