World Refugee Day, 2021: Faster, Stronger, Higher

17 June 2021 at 2:00pm

South Sudan, 2018, Jeffrey Maban.

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Every year on World Refugee Day, new numbers of those who have been forcibly displaced are published, and they indicate the volume of displaced people and the gravity of the protracted crises and conflicts that cause displacement. But, at JRS/USA, we also think that it’s a day where we can celebrate our displaced brothers and sisters. A day when we can recognize their strength, resilience, talent, and provide hope that they can rebuild their lives.

At JRS, we use recreational activities and sports, as part of our mental health and psychosocial support programs, as a way to accompany refugees and forcibly displaced people around the world. Activities like soccer, martial arts, dance, and art can be ways that refugees, especially youth, can heal and find hope.

This event will feature Olympic Gold medalist Katie Ledecky, refugee athletes, and JRS Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist for a discussion on refugee mental wellbeing, athletics, and the celebration of refugee talent.  Arian Hu’s Refugee Anthem, performed by the International Orchestra of Refugees will follow the discussion. 

Speakers Include:

  • Katie Ledecky, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Refugee Athletes
  • Katie Mullins, JRS Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist