SUSO presents: Challenges and Hurdles of Refugees

October 15, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

As part of its education and outreach mission, SUSO (Step Up, Step Out to End the Culture of Violence) is hosting an all-church forum on an important and timely issue of concern to our congregation and the greater community – immigration and refugee resettlement.

Chris George, the Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in Connecticut will speak about his first-hand knowledge concerning the many hurdles and challenges refugees face both in getting to this country and after they are here.

He will discuss the many contributions that refugees make once they are integrated into our society, by sharing some of the experiences of the more than 1,000 refugees his agency has welcomed and served over the last three years.

A native of New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History, Chris George has worked in international development, human rights, and refugee assistance for more than 30 years. He began his international experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Muscat, Oman, during which time he became fluent in Arabic. He then served nearly 20 years in the Middle East managing programs for Save the Children, American Friends Service Committee, Human Rights Watch, and USAID. He also directed a legislative strengthening project with the Palestinian Parliament and later established an emergency assistance program for Palestinian non-profits, before returning to Connecticut and assuming his present position in 2005.

You won’t want to miss this engaging program which will provide in-depth information regarding an issue that is often in the news and that affects us all.

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