June 20 was designated by the United Nations as a day to show public support for refugees. Worldwide, 21.3 million people have been forced from their home countries, seeking safety and security; half of them are under 18 years old. Last year, the United States welcomed 85,000 refugees.
A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country due to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion,” according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
BVMs joined other religious, friends and neighbors in Dubuque, Iowa, at a peaceful rally to show support of our refugee brothers and sisters on World Refugee Day and honor those who have been forced to leave their homes.
Participants heard firsthand accounts of refugees who were settled in Iowa and stories from professionals involved in the screening and resettlement process. They also learned how to take legislative action and partner with local/regional organizations providing support to refugees and asylum-seekers.
Refugees Welcome! We stand with refugees!
The Sisters of Charity are members of Crossing Borders—Dubuque, and are one of many local sponsors of the rally.
Post date 6.9.2017