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World Refugee Day - June 20

The UNHCR refugee camp. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.


Figures at a Glance (UNHCR website)

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What can you do to honor the courage of refugees?


Sign the #WithRefugees Campaign petition - The petition asks governments to:

Learn more about the current refugee situtation. Visit the UNHCR website.

Learn more about the contributions of refugees to the US, including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Gloria Estefan, Henry Kissinger, and Madeleine Albright

Download "My Life as a Refugee" (available on IOS and Android) or "Finding Home" (available only on Android) app - Could you survive?

Visit the St. Louis Art Museum and the Simon Attie's exhibit; watch "The Crossing"

Consider hiring an immigrant or refugee

Invite an IISTL Speakers Bureau member to make a presentation

Volunteer to be trained to make presentations yourself

Visit the IISTL Facebook page for 'Face of a Refugee'

Wear UN blue on June 20 to show your support.

Make a donation to a refugee service agency, including the International Institute.

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