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City of Chicago Declares September 19 as Refugee Protection Day


CHICAGO, IL – As the United Nations General Assembly convenes a global summit on the world refugee crisis, 13 Chicago human rights organizations will come together on Monday, September 19 at DePaul University for a public discussion about the U.S. government’s and local community’s roles in ensuring refugees and asylum seekers have access to protection.


A proclamation from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has declared the day as Refugee Protection Day, referencing the refugee crisis in Central America’s Northern Triangle and urging “city departments, local businesses, charitable organizations, and legal and social services to provide shelter, sustenance, and services for refugee families relocating to Chicago and integrating into our communities.”


On Monday, human rights activists and attorneys, social workers, and refugees living and working in the Chicago area will share their experiences and ideas for how our community can achieve that goal. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.


What: “Protect Refugees Now: The U.S. Response to the Global Refugee Crisis,” a public symposium

When: September 19, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: The DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Room 8005, Chicago

Register online: immigrantjustice.org/ChiRefugeeSymposium


Sponsored by:
Alianza Americas
Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame
Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago
Center for Forced Migration Studies, Northwestern University
DePaul University’s Center for Public Interest Law
Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center
Heartland Alliance Refugee & Immigrant Community Services
Human Rights Watch
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Interfaith Committee on Detained Immigrants
Latino Policy Forum


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