RCUSA Advocacy Day

June 28, 2010

Last week at this time I was preparing to spend a Tuesday on the Hill, running back and forth between the House and the Senate, snapping photographs as quickly as my camera’s shutter would let me. 

Just two days after World Refugee Day I spent time down in DC  taking pictures of a Refugee Advocacy Day put on by Refugee Council USA.

“Over 50 refugee advocates spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with Senators, Representatives and their staff to discuss recommendations on how the U.S. government can provide improved protections and services to refugees and other vulnerable newcomers” (LIRS Advocacy Update, 6/28).

Below are a few of my favorite photos from the day. See more on our facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/LIRSorg .

Picture 1- Rev. Yohannes Mengsteab, LIRS Board Member, former refugee from Eritrea

Picture 2- Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) reading LIRS materials

Picture 3- Checago Bright, former refugee from Liberia; William Chol, former refugee from Sudan

Picture 4- U.S. Capitol building

Picture 5- LIRS President Linda Hartke along with other RCUSA delegates in a meeting with Senator Carl Levin (D- MI)

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