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Press Release Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017

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  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Office for Refugees and Immigrants

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Kathryn Laverriere

Boston — World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th each year to bring awareness to the important contributions refugees make to our Commonwealth as well as to honor their strength and courage.  

“Massachusetts is a global community with approximately 15.5% of our population   foreign born. We all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world,” said Marylou Sudders Secretary of Health and Human Services.  “Our education, health care, business and public sector institutions rely on these relationships to deliver on their missions every single day.”

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Office for Refugees and Immigrants invites and encourages you to take part in the various World Refugee Day events.

“It is important to celebrate our Refugees and Immigrants,” said Mary Truong Executive Director of the Office for Refugees and Immigrants, “They are a key contributor to our Commonwealth and it is great to see local agencies come together to celebrate World Refugee Day. These events show unity amongst our communities throughout Massachusetts.”

World Refugee Day events include:

When:  Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 5:30pm
WhereTrinity United Methodist Church Auditorium - 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield

Event Information:
“Salam Neighbor” a documentary film about life in a Syrian refugee camp just inside the Jordanian border. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors. The screening will be followed by a discussion and update on refugee resettlement both locally and nationally with Jewish Family Service CEO Maxine Stein and Jewish Family Service New American Program Director, Deirdre Griffin. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are welcome to bring donations of toiletries to benefit new American families served by JFS. Questions? Call 413.737.2601.


When: Tuesday June 202017 at 11 am
Where: 94 North Elm Street, Suite 401 Westfield MA,01085

Event Information:
Ascentria Care Alliance’s In house celebration


When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:30pm Pre-performance
reception (hosted in room adjacent to the stage at TripAdvisor Headquarters)
7:30pm Performance, Doors open at 6:45p

Where: TripAdvisor Headquarters - 410 1st Avenue Needham, MA 02494

Event Information:
Ticket Prices:
$25 General Admission
$100 VIP (includes preferred seating and private reception with storytellers).

Join the International Institute of New England and honor the contributions of refugees and immigrants throughout the region through the timeless art of live storytelling. Local foreign and U.S.- born residents will perform first-person stories on themes of refugee resettlement and immigrant integration.


All funds support International Institute of New England programming including refugee resettlement, English language education, workforce training, citizenship services, and more. Hosted in partnership with Massmouth, TripAdvisor, and IINE's Resettle Together West Suburban Consortium. 
Register online: 

Parking available on site

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Where250 Washington St, Boston MA 02115

Event Information:

World Refugee Day; Monthly Diversity Event at the MDPH

Join the MDPH diversity council as they welcome Attorney Kludt of a local immigration firm. Attorney Kludt will be speaking on her legal work with those detained at the border, the process for determining eligibility, as well as the realities faced by children and their families in detention.

When: June 27-29
Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester

Event Information:

The College of the Holy Cross will host the fifth biennial student leadership meeting of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN). The conference theme, “Principles in Crisis,” references the moral and ethical frameworks, as well as guiding principles, that motivate and channel the global response to human suffering. Humanitarians, across faith traditions, espouse principles like the “humanitarian imperative,” whereby the international community provides assistance wherever it is needed. Simultaneously, the conference theme reminds us that we face dilemmas in the rush to assist; it compels us to consider the consequences of well-intentioned actions and to reflect on the practical meaning of compassionate deeds.

When: Thursday June 29, 2017 at 6:30-9pm
Where: Boston University School of Medicine - 80 E Concord St. Hiebert Lounge, 14th Fl

Event Information:
Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights annual gala, to acknowledge the importance of the International Day in Support of Victims (Survivors) of Torture and of World Refugee Day.


Media Contact for Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Office for Refugees and Immigrants 

ORI supports services that meet cultural and linguistic needs of refugees and immigrants through a network of service providers in Massachusetts.