World Refugee Day Training and Lobby Event June 19 – 20, 2013

LIRS has a long history of commemorating this internationally recognized day for refugee rights.  The vision for this year’s celebration is to place resettled refugees,  their remarkable stories and contributions to the community, at the center of the event,  empowered to be strong advocates for refugee rights across the country.

The number of participants is limited for the Training and Lobby Day. LIRS will pay for the transportation, lodging, and meals of people chosen to participate. To be considered, please fill out this brief application form and tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to participate in this event.  You may also fill out the application online at or print your application here. People selected to participate will be notified by email or phone and all details of transportation and the schedule will be explained.

Application deadline: April 15, 2013.


June 18: Arrive in Baltimore, MD

June 19: Join other refugee alumni and LIRS staff in a full day workshop to:

  • Learn current issues on refugee resettlement in the United States and the need to create and maintain a broad-based commitment to resettlement and integration in local communities;
  • Practice strategies for delivering pro-refugee messages and becoming effective spokesperson for resettlement in your communities;
  • Gain organizing tips for strengthening the ties and mutual support between refugees and migrant rights advocates;
  • and the basics of effective lobbying on refugee issues.

The day will end with a banquet at which we will honor a remarkable resettled refugee for his/her courage and extraordinary contributions to his/her community, celebrate the contributions of refugees resettled in the United States, and remember all refugees across the world.

June 20: Travel by bus to Washington D.C.

  • Lobby visits with your members of Congress and other members active on refugee issues
  • Travel home equipped with skills and ideas for leadership in your community

If you have questions, please contact:

James Corey, Assistant Director for Development  410-230-2755

OR Folabi Olagbaju, National Mobilization Manager, 202-626-7931