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Upcoming Events: June, 2011

June 7, 2011

June 20 – World Refugee Day

Since, 2001, June 20th has been celebrated worldwide as World Refugee Day, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the plight of millions of refugees throughout the world. Check out the sites of the United Nations and the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) for further information, and Wikipedia for historical background.

“On World Refugee Day, let us reaffirm the importance of solidarity and burden-sharing by the international community. Refugees have been deprived of their homes, but they must not be deprived of their futures.”
                                                 — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

June 21 – D.C. Conference on Trauma & Torture Survivors

According to the organizers of this conference, “The Washington, DC, metro area is one of the gateway cities for immigration in the country. An estimated 40,000 of those people are survivors of severe trauma or torture…There are different organizations that are set up to work with this population, but little communication between them.” In response, Northern Virginia Family Service, through its Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma, has joined with the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) to initiate this one-day workshop at George Washington University. Registration is $20, $10 for students, and free for survivors. Check the website for further information and to register.

June 19-26 – International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture

In addition to its participation in the conference above, the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), has an entire week of event planned to mark the International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture, declared by the United Nations in 1998.

Let Us Know About Other Events, Now and in the Future

If you know about other commemorations of World Refugee Day or the International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture — anywhere in the United States — please let us know. The same goes for conferences or other events dealing with torture, immigration, and related subjects.

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