Pike People – ECDC’s 23rd Annual National Conference: Strengthening Communities for Refugees in a Changing Environment
Holiday Inn Arlington
4610 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
May 31 – June 2
ECDC will hold its 23rd Annual National Conference, Strengthening Communities for Refugees in Response to a Changing Environment. The Conference is dedicated to African refugee and immigrant issues in the United States. The conference is part of ECDC’s efforts to enhance public awareness of and support for African refugee and immigrant needs, strengthen resettlement programs and services, and promote cultural and socio-economic initiatives that help newcomers integrate into their communities.
ECDC’s conference comes at a crucial time for refugees, both abroad and domestically. The world refugee crisis continues to be one of the defining issues of our time with more people displaced by war and persecution than ever before. A recent United Nations report found that a record 65.3 million people were internally displaced persons, refugees, or asylum seekers at the end of 2015, almost 6 million more than in 2014. While the refugee crisis can be expected to continue unabated, domestic politics in Europe and the United States have made responding to this challenge more difficult than ever. In these unprecedented times, ECDC’s conference will focus on how to respond to the uncertainties facing the future of resettlement and the challenges facing refugee and immigrant communities. Attendees will interact with policymakers, academics, service providers, community leaders, and former refugees, exchanging knowledge and sharing insights. They will leave the conference empowered to become better advocates for refugees at the local and national levels.
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