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 seven organizations serving refugees in Houston; the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Bilingual Education Institute, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, Houston Community College, 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, there are approximately 2,500 refugees from all over the world resettled 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

Mission

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.

Event

The Houston Refugee Consortium will celebrate refugees’ courage and contributions at the Houston Refugee Voices Event on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the San Jacinto Auditorium Houston Community College-Central Campus from 1:00-5:00pm. The event will feature refugee story-tellers, musicians, and dancers, and Houstonians will have the opportunity to taste food from refugee-owned restaurants. Bring the whole family to this fun, free, and educational event!

World Refugee Day Houston
Houston’s Refugee Voices
Saturday June 18, 2016

San Jacinto Auditorium
Houston Community College-Central Campus
1300 Holman Street
Houston, Texas 77004
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Getting Here and Parking
The World Refugee Day Houston Refugee Voices will be on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Houston Community College-Central Campus, San Jacinto Auditorium, 1300 Holman Street, Houston, TX, 77004.
Free parking is located in lots 9, 10, 12, 13, and 15. Additional parking will be available in the Parking Garage. See you there!!

 

2016 Event Organizers

Chairs:

Taylor Snyder- Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Meaghan Purnell- Refugee Services of Texas

 

Advisors:

Miriam Diria, Chief Operations Officer, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Sara Kauffman: Area Director, Refugee Services of Texas  

Bill Holland Refugee Program Coordinator, Houston Community College-Central

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2016 Sponsors

Houston Refugee Voices

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Refugee from Vietnam Houstonian since 1980

Judy worked has worked her way through school and higher education to teach at Rice University and owns a leadership consulting company, Go Take Root.
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Refugee from Afghanistan Houstonian since 2002

Mustafa is a former interpreter for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan who is now a successful realtor who donates to Houston non-profits.
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Refugee from Vietnam
Houstonian since 1975

Stephen, who arrived knowing just a few English words, is the founder and CEO of Greatland Investment, a large real-estate company in Houston.
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Refugee from Eritrea
Houstonian since 2005

Thomas is a former diplomat who now inspires youth as a Houston public school teacher.
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Refugee from Bhutan
Houstonian since 2010

Dhan is a successful recording artist who released his second album in 2015.
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Refugee from Iraq
Houstonian since 2008

Ahmed is the Founder and Executive Director of Narratio, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting childhood literacy.
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Refugee from Somalia
Houstonian since 2015

Hanny is an exceptional, young leader who now helps newly, arrived refugees in Houston.
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Refugee from Iraq Houstonian since 2008

Asinja trains children to become global leaders at the Arabic Immersion Magnet School is an inspiring and remarkable individual, who now inspires Houston youth as a teacher.

Houston’s Refugee Voices
Saturday June 18, 2016

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