- Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Office for Refugees and Immigrants
Media Contact for Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017
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
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church Auditorium - 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield
“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 20, 2017 at 11 am
Where: 94 North Elm Street, Suite 401 Westfield MA,01085
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
$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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suitcase-stories-live-needham-ma-tickets-34695544307
Parking available on site
When: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Where: 250 Washington St, Boston MA 02115
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
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
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.