World Refugee Day Events Washington, DC – June 19, 2018

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World Refugee Day Events Washington, DC – June 19, 2018

On June 19, the Evangelical Immigration Table will welcome pastors, ministry leaders, and former refugees to Washington, DC to advocate for a more robust US response to the global refugee crisis.

Each year, June 20 is recognized as World Refugee Day, an opportunity to call attention to the plight of individuals who have been forced to flee their countries because of persecution. In 2018, at a moment when there are more refugees globally than at any point in recorded history, the United States government has dramatically retreated from welcoming refugees: the US State Department is currently on track to resettle less than 21,000 refugees this year, down from more than 96,000 as recently as 2016 and more than 200,000 in 1980. Refugees of all faith backgrounds—including persecuted Christians, whose arrival numbers have declined more than 60% since 2016—have far fewer opportunities to find safety in the US than in recent years.

American churches, which have long played a central role in the welcome and long-term integration of newly arrived refugees, now have far fewer opportunities to live out the biblical commands to love, serve, and reach newly arrived refugees. At the same time, families arriving at a U.S. border to seek asylum under the terms of U.S. law are facing new challenges, including the threat of children being detained separately from their parents.

World Refugee Day presents an important opportunity to raise our voices on behalf of and in concert with refugees and others fleeing persecution.  Will you join us?

Where: On and/or near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

When: Tuesday, June 19

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9 AM – Advocacy Training for all participants
  • 10 AM to 5 PM – Pre-scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with elected officials and/or their staff

Ideal Participants:

Evangelical Christians who are passionate about advocating for and with refugees, including urging elected officials to leverage their influence to ensure that refugees continue to be welcomed to the United States.

Costs: We unfortunately are not able to cover travel costs, so you will be responsible for your own air or ground transportation to Washington, D.C. as well as accommodations and food other than breakfast, which will be provided on the 19th

To register, please email with your name, email, phone number, organization, professional title and congressional district. You can look up your congressional district by entering your zip code here. Due to space constraints, we may need to limit the number of participants.

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