Carrie Mann of CMCE giving opening remarks for the Transatlantic Refugee Resettlement Conference.
Founder Carrie Mann speaking about the need for the TRR Network.
Introductory Remarks by German Consul General, Stefan Schlueter. on recent waves of immigrants and refugees to Europe and Germany's response to the overwhelming challenge.
Webcast Presentation by Rainer Ohliger, Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration and Network Migration Europe.
Resettlement and Integration in Germany: Policy Research and Recommendations by the Robert Bosch Expert Commission to Consider a Realignment of Refugee Policy
An engaged group of experts joined us to form the TRR Network.
Dr. Edward Laurance, MIIS students, and members of the IRC present evaluation tools developed in their recent study on Afghan refugee food secure resettlement through the IRC in Sacramento.
Monitoring and Evaluation of Refugee Resettlement: A Study of Refugee Food Security and Health in Sacramento, CA
Kristin Wood Henger, MIIS master's degree candidate and one of the research team for the Evaluation of Food Secure Resettlement Project - presenting findings.
Naweed Nayib, Fulbright Scholar from Afghanistan, MIIS master's degree candidate and also part of the research team for the Evaluation of Food Secure Resettlement Project -- tells about his experience with the project in helping conduct and interpreting for the focus groups with Afghan refugees.
Yusuf Abdi, Program Director of Refugee Services of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota gives an inspiring speech on his journey to the US as a refugee from Somalia. He also shares a community education program he helped develop called "My Neighbor is Muslim."
Refugee Resettlement, Community Empathy, and Integration
Yusuf Abdi, Program Director of Refugee Services of Lutheran Social Services of MN.
Participants take a break to enjoy treats provided by Crepe Queen.
Treats provided by Crepe Queen.
Panel Discussion moderated by Ronald Bee. Panelists Teresa Samuel-Boko, Shaniece Alexander, and Dr. Khatharya Um discuss practices, lessons, and challenges of refugee resettlement.
Mr. Bee talked about his experience in Germany through the years, from visiting the other side of the Wall - at that time East Berlin, to policy challenges and perceptions of refugees in Germany today.
Panel Discussion: Practices, Lessons, and Challenges of Refugee Resettlement and Integration: Supporting Refugees and their Receiving Communities for Success
Theresa Samuel-Boko, Refugee and Immigrant Integration Program Manager at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County relates her experience with resettling refugees and their unique program to resettle refugee foster children.
Ms. Samuel-Boko came to the US as a refugee herself from Sudan.
Shaniece Alexander, Executive Director of the Oakland Food Policy Council talks about the complex food system a refugee enters in the US, where they may join the local low-income population which struggles with food security.
Professor Khatharya Um is Associate Professor and Chair of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Um draws on her personal experience as well as extensive research into identity and memory of immigrant and refugee groups.
Roundtable Discussion Activity - How can the TRRN support those who work in refugee resettlement to support refugees?
Led by Firas Nasr and Kristin Wood-Hegner
Brainstorming on one of the questions presented:
What can we learn from refugee resettlement in Germany, and what can Germany learn from how we resettle refugees here in the US?
Discussing policy questions with Consul General Schlueter.
Everyone adds to the discussion from their professional experience:
What works well and what is needed in refugee resettlement and integration?
The beautiful view from the Consulate windows during our happy hour networking event.
Ronald Bee, Carrie Mann, and German Consul Stefan Schlueter
Event Organizers Firas Nasr, Eric Chavez, Carrie Mann, and KristinWood-Hegner with Ronald Been and German Consul General Stefan Schlueter.