Today, World Refugee Day, always reminds me of how much LIRS benefits from having many talented former refugees as staff.
I’m proud that our Placement Coordinator for Refugee Resettlement, Sovanna Sok, was interviewed by Voice of America (VOA)’s Khmer Service about today’s important commemoration.
In his article, “Upcoming Refugee Day Offers a Reminder of Struggles,” VOA reporter Reasey Poch writes that Sovanna will mark today “with her family at home, and with the rest of the world from her job.”
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
Poch quotes Sovanna as saying:
It’s a day we all should commemorate and remind our government about the plight of the refugees around the world and urge our government and fellow citizens to help them.
It comes as no surprise to me that Sovanna “urged her fellow Cambodian-Americans to volunteer to help new refugees, by taking them to the grocery store, helping them find work, or other acts.” This spirit of welcome drives LIRS and makes America a world leader in refugee resettlement.
We’re grateful to Voice of America for lifting up this worldwide tribute to the courage of people fleeing persecution. And, of course, it’s our time to thank the former refugees who bring special strength and insights to LIRS’s work. This World Refugee Day, it would be great if you would show your support by promoting this article via Facebook and other social media, and sending the link to your friends, colleagues, and family.
You can speak up for stronger refugee protection and welcome in comprehensive immigration reform by visiting the LIRS Action Center. It’s vital that your voice be heard during the Senate debate taking place now. Thank you for standing with refugees!