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Together we recognized refugees from around the world!

Veteran NPR news Analyst Daniel Schorr interviewed former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington DC for World Refugee Day 2010 (C) Bridgitte Timmerman

Events mark one of veteran journalist Daniel Schorr's final public appearances.

On June 18th 2010, supporters of UNHCR from across the country came together in Washington, DC to mark World Refugee Day. This year’s activities included a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department and, later in the day, a luncheon program during which our guests participated in a discussion with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Public Radio’s Daniel Schorr, who died on July 23rd. Other guest speakers included former Darfur-based UNHCR field staff and former refugees.

Supporters also enjoyed a special performance by Colombia musician Marta Gomez at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This year's World Refugee Day honored the theme, "Home," in recognition of the plight of more than 40 million uprooted people around the world. Around 10 million of them are refugees of special concern to UNHCR.

At UNHCR we help people find new homes and new futures through resettlement, through voluntary repatriation and through local integration. Most of the time, and where it's possible, refugees prefer to return to their home countries. Nonetheless, and with conflict continuing or escalating in many countries, finding new homes and allowing people to restart their lives is increasingly difficult.

To learn the answer to the World Refugee Day contest, click here.

You can help highlight the plight of refugees and to advocate on their behalf.  Together, with your support, we can help rebuild their lives and to find a place to call home.


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Organize a future World Refugee Day Event in Your Area

Refugees are people just like us. However, many Americans are unaware that tens of millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in order to escape persecution or war. This is where you come in - every year, people across the United States use World Refugee Day as a focus for raising awareness and funds in their own communities to gather support for UNHCR’s urgent work. And at the same time they spread a little understanding about the reality of being a refugee.

Would you like to organize a World Refugee Day event in your community? Here are some ideas:

  • Invite a former refugee to speak at your school, church, community center, etc. and share their experiences
  • Volunteer at a local refugee resettlement agency to help newly-arrived refugees in the U.S.
  • Ask a teacher to dedicate the week of June 15 – 20th World Refugee Week to discuss the word “refugee” in the classroom
  • Host a World Refugee Day "house party" where you might show the movie “War Dance”, "Hotel Rwanda" or another movie that shows the plight of refugees, like "Beyond Borders", "I am David", or "Return to Afghanistan"
  • Serve a dish typical in another country or prepare an international meal with friends.
  • Set up a World Refugee Day discussion at your home, place of worship, or community center.
  • Wear light blue (the international color of UN Aid workers) on World Refugee Day (June 20) and talk to friends about why you are wearing blue that day.
  • Invite 10 or more of your friends to subscribe to UNHCR Insider Update, our weekly email newsletter about refugee issues around the world.

Organize a Fundraiser:

  • Bake or candy sale
  • Car wash
  • Raffle tickets for the prize donated by a community business
  • Auction used and collectible items
  • Setup a display table/booth on campus to distribute UNHCR materials
  • Form a Refugee Care Club with friends and fellow students to raise awareness

Although, financial support cannot be offered, USA for UNHCR can provide you with a community fundraising guide, publicity materials, including videos, posters, newsletters and other items to support your fundraising activities. See a list of materials you can request.

To find out more about World Refugee Day and how you can help in your community, please contact us at or 1-800-770-1100.

Thank you for your generous support and good luck!

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