Talking about refugee communities in Albany and how to help

albany city hall helping refugees panel posterComing up next Thursday, June 15 at Albany City Hall: A discussion titled "Get to Know Your Neighbors in the Refugee and Immigrant Communities." Blurbage:

WHO: Panel consisting of Dr. Ilham AlMahamid, founder of New York for Syrian Refugees and an assistant professor at the University of Albany School of Public Health; Rifat Filkins, Executive/Education Director of Refugee and Immigrant Support Services for Emmaus (R.I.S.S.E.), Inc.; and Naw Grace Hserhti Dun, Coordinator of the Reception and Placement Program, Albany Office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
WHAT: A Panel Discussion about the experiences and challenges that refugees and immigrants face as they arrive in the Albany area and in the country and ways in which we can help to welcome and support our new neighbors.

We've gotten some questions lately about ways to help other people locally. It sounds like this talk might include some ideas directly from people working every day at it.

The discussion is at 5:30 pm in the city hall rotunda.


In Utica, NY 1 in five residents is a refugee. Check out . It would be great to get some perspective on how this not particularly affluent city has been so successful in welcoming and assimilating refugees.

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