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Santa Clara County to Celebrate the 20th Annual World Refugee Day

The Refugee & Immigrant Forum to host the World Refugee Day on June 15, 2012
WHAT:       
June is declared Refugee Month by the United Nations, also by the State of California. Hosted by the Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County, we invite the community to come and participate in this 20th Annual World Refugee Day Celebration. Refugees from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia will gather to celebrate the diversity of Santa Clara County. Entertainers from many refugee communities will provide musical and dance performances. In addition there will be a sampling of multicultural foods, information on community resources, recognition of outstanding volunteers, children’s activities, and prize drawings. All are welcome to this festive event, free and open to the public. Come celebrate the courage of our refugee neighbors and their contributions to our communities.

WHO:         
Guest Speaker: Mohammad H. Qayoumi, PhD, President, San Jose State University
Refugees, immigrants, friends, family, advocates, community members and leaders are invited to attend this event.

WHEN: 
Friday, June 15th 2012
Media Tours 5:00-6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  
Campbell Community Center - Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, California 95008

WHY:         
Santa Clara County resettles refugees from every region of the world. Many have lived in camps for decades and have been deprived of basic human rights, including the freedom of movement and access to adequate medical care. Despite this adversity, communities heal, contribute, grow and flourish. This local celebration celebrates their resilience and contributions. 

SPONSORS: 
Office of Human Relations, Immigrant Relations and Integration Services      
PARS Equality Center
Refugee & Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County (RIF)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Social Services Agency

About World Refugee Day:   
Organized by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and coinciding with Refugee Week, World Refugee Day is held each year on June 20 to highlight the plight of refugees all over the world. Most people are not aware that there are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
 
World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength, and determination of these men, women, and children, informs the public about the reasons why they seek sanctuary in new countries; and highlights their incredible contributions to their new communities through the arts, culture and education.

Through the hundreds of events held worldwide, education about refugees in local communities will help to understand that even one refugee family torn apart by war is too many. Even one refugee family without shelter is too many. Even one refugee family forced to leave everything they know behind is too many. With the awareness of the millions of refugee stories, the public will understand the contribution of newcomers within our communities and will reach out to support them – one family at a time.  
     

Media Contact: Cat T. Nguyen, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, (408) 532-7755; Elsa Amboy, Refugee Transitions, (408) 838-1331; Naomi Pease, Red Cross, (408)577-2054
Posted: June 13, 2012