World Refugee Day 2024

20 June 2024 at 12:00am

World Refugee Day 2024!

June 20th is an international day established by the United Nations to honor the strength, courage, and perseverance of refugees; a day to recognize refugees’ contributions and build understanding of the situations they have come from.  

World Refugee Day was first celebrated in 2001 to mark the anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which was created in response to the needs of refugees displaced by World War II. Around the world, organizations, refugees, and leaders host events to raise awareness about the forced displacement of people from their homelands. 

While JRS works to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees every day, World Refugee Day allows us to shine a particular light on the experience of those forced to flee their homes and the need for systemic change to address their needs. 

We hope you will join us on Thursday, June 20th, to learn more and get involved. Return to this page in the coming weeks for information about our 2024 World Refugee Day activities!  

Assessing the US Refugee Admissions Program: Looking Back and Moving Forward

On Thursday, June 20 at 1PM ET, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) will host a webinar and discussion in honor of World Refugee Day. Experts in the field will mark the progress made by the current presidential administration in restoring the US Refugee Admissions Program and suggest areas for further improvement. A Q&A session will follow immediately after the discussion.

Speakers include:
– Kelly Ryan, President, Jesuit Refugee Service-USA
– Mark Hetfield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
– Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense

Mario Russell, Executive Director at CMS, will moderate the discussion.

Register for the event here!