2017 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy


With your generous support, our fifth annual LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy brought together nearly 50 leaders representing 17 states and 21 nations of origin.  This diverse group gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 18-20 to develop their ability to advocate for welcome in their communities.

The participants were chosen based on their leadership experience and connection to their home communities in the U.S. During the training, participants engaged in networking activities and attended workshops on storytelling, community organizing, media training, immigration issues, and challenging hate. In a continuing effort to deepen leadership among migrants and refugees, this year’s academy also included 17 returning alumni who helped plan the event and led most of the workshop sessions. The culmination of the academy was a celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20. The participants attended a breakfast briefing on Capitol Hill and shared their stories of courage and resilience with Members of Congress. As these leaders return home, they join a national movement that now includes nearly 200 refugee and migrant leaders advocating for welcome in 39 states.

Thanks to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington for helping sponsor the Academy – and thank you for the part you play in empowering refugees!

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