World Refugee Day

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 20th to be World Refugee Day. RCUSA members and partners around the country use the day to help celebrate and honor the vast contributions that refugees make. It is also an opportunity to rally increased welcome and support for refugees.  We invite you to join us in celebrating refugees’ courage in overcoming adversity and the many gifts they bring to our communities across the United States.  Together we can raise awareness about the need for improved policies and services to help refugees rebuild their lives in the United States.

RCUSA 2017 World Refugee Day Materials

RCUSA 2017 World Refugee Day Advocacy Toolkit
This toolkit will provide information for doing local congressional visits, inviting elected officials to your World Refugee Day events, and ways to build champions for refugee protection & resettlement.  Learn more and download the toolkit.

List of Nationwide Events
Map of 2017 World Refugee Day Events happening across the country. If your event is not yet on the map, you can submit it here.
Browse past World Refugee Day events from 2014, 2015, & 2016.

Letters in Support of Refugees Sent to Congress Every Day of June in Honor of World Refugee Day
In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20th, organizations are joining us in sending a letter-a-day to Congress this month explaining why they support refugee resettlement. Read the letters.

Refugees Welcome Campaign
Faith communities from multiple backgrounds, refugee resettlement organizations, refugee and human rights leaders, and organizations that work with refugees have formed a partnership to provide a vibrant welcome to refugees among us, and to encourage our country to continue to respond to the world’s crisis by offering hospitality to most vulnerable refugees in need.  Visit the Refugees Welcome campaign website to join the movement, learn more about hosting your own events to welcome refugees, and celebrate refugees' community contributions. Check out the welcome resources for more information.

Social Media
Use the hashtags #WRD2017, #RefugeesWelcome, and #WithRefugees so we can all see the great events and information sharing happening across the country. Check out these sample tweets.

State Specific Data
Additional state specific information about refugees to help educate others and use for advocacy is available here