JRS/USA Refugee Awareness Exercise: Walk a Mile in My Shoes

03 September 2020|Action Toolkits

Related: Advocacy

Today, almost 80 million people are displaced around the world. While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites you to host a Walk a Mile in My Shoes Refugee Awareness Exercise.

This community engagement event provides individuals and communities with an opportunity to raise awareness by pausing and experiencing, if only vicariously and for a few moments, the frustrations, disappointments and hopes that refugees around the world face. Gather your family, friends, classmates, or fellow parishioners and see what it might be like to Walk a Mile in a refugee’s shoes.

With social distancing measures in place, it may be difficult to gather your community, but you can still host a refugee awareness exercise, and we’ve put together a resource to help you virtually gather and Walk a Mile.

This is a sample of one of the info tables from Fairfield University’s Walk a Miles in My Shoes event in fall 2020. This event was held outside with proper social distancing and was also presented online for students participating from home.