We want to take a moment to pause and reflect on the experiences of our refugee community and honor their bravery in the pursuit of safety.
This year on June 20th the world will honor World Refugee Day with the focus being on the right to seek safety. World Refugee Day was designated as an international day in 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly to build empathy and recognize people who have fled their home country. More on the core messages and fundamentals of seeking safety can be found in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 2022 World Refugee Day Messaging Document.
We also want to bring attention to the need for not just physical safety, but also emotional safety through culturally inclusive practices in health care organizations for the refugee community, as noted in the Refugee Health Training webinar Refugee Health: Empowering Clinicians Caring for Afghan Refugees.
Every person has the right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from, and whenever they are forced to flee.
Resources for Refugees in Sacramento:
- Asian Resources Organization, offers citizenship, education, job/training resources.
- International Rescue Committee, offers, citizenship, education, job/training resources, and legal assistance.
- Opening Doors, offers citizenship, education resources, and legal assistance.
- Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, offers education, job/training resources, and legal assistance.
- Slavic Assistance Center, offers citizenship resources.
- World Relief, Sacramento, offers citizenship, job/training resources, and legal assistance.
- Bach Viet Association, Inc., offers education and job/training resources.
- Lao Family Community Development, offers education and job/training resources.
- Twin Rivers Adult School, offers education and job/training resources.
- Sacramento Public Library
- California Newcomer Education and Well-Being
- UC Davis Backpack
- Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
- Quarter at Aggie Square immersive collegiate experience open to all students – more information
- Sacramento County Refugee Forum
- Refugee Resettlement Agencies (RAs)
- Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- World Migration Interactive Educator’s Toolkit from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, February 2021
- GP20 Compilation of National Practices to Prevent, Address and Find Durable Solutions to Internal Displacement
- Ensuring the Reproductive Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Legal Policy Issues