World Refugee Day Academy Training Resources


Are you a former refugee leader in your community? Check out the resources below, and check back to our website in 2015 to apply for next year’s World Refugee Day Academy.


Information about World Refugee Day Academy 2014 and LIRS

Welcome Message
A message from LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke

Ministries of Service and Justice
About Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Service and Justice for Refugees
The work of LIRS to serve refugees

Service and Justice for Migrants at Risk
The work of LIRS to serve migrants in detention

Service and Justice for Children
The work of LIRS in Children’s Services

Service and Justice for Trafficked Children
The work of LIRS to serve trafficked children

Resources on Refugee Rights and Policy

What are Refugee Rights Under International Law?
A backgrounder on the human rights and conventions relevant to refugees

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol
Full text of an important convention that helped to clarify the rights of refugees (via UNHCR)

Refugee Act of 1980 by Edward Kennedy
An article tracing the legislative history of the Refugee Act of 1980, an important piece of legislation on refugee rights (via Refugee Council USA)

Storytelling and Leadership Resources

Why Stories Matter by Marshall Ganz
Learn about the art of storytelling and the role of stories in creating social change

Leadership Myths and Ingredients
Learn about what constitutes a good leader (and what doesn’t)

More Advocacy Resources

LIRS August Congressional Recess Advocacy Guide
Plan a visit to the local office of your Member of Congress and engage in other activities to advocate for children and families seeking refuge.

Refugee Council USA 2014 World Refugee Day Advocacy Toolkit
Guidance for activities to advocate for refugee rights, protection, and resettlement

Questions about these resources or how you can connect with other former refugee leaders in your area? Contact Folabi Olagbaju, National Grassroots Director, at