Past Events

2017:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES AT SENATE HART OFFICE BUILDING

Comments from our tirelessly determined director, Beni Luzau

Imam Hendi commenting on what faith communities can do to “welcome the stranger.”

Avideh Moussavian of the National Immigration Law Center talks about the renewed risk of religious and racial discrimination against refugees and immigrant.

Suzanne Akhras, founder of Syrian Community Network, talks about the risks of racial and religious profiling.

Our beloved speakers, volunteers, and attendees who stayed to the very end. Thank you all!

The International Day of Families is observed annually on May 15th. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance of the family unit to the international community. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. Additional photos can be found in this Google Drive folder. 

WORKING WITH UNITARIANS TO SUPPORT REFUGEES

It is customary for RAN to network with Unitarians across the country in order to assist refugees and asylum seekers. After networking with All Souls Church Refugee Supportive Initiative to bring the refugee concern close to the legislator in the District of Columbia, RAN has been instrumental in the Refugee Response Ministry endorsed in February 7, 2017 by the Social Justice Team of the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church in Summit, New Jersey. This vision for a refugee response ministry is a gradual, three phase progression that deepens the congregation’s understanding of refugees in the United States and activates their resources in order to live up to the promise of inclusion. Furthermore, the ministry plan seeks to balance direct service, financial support and advocacy. RAN is also initiating work with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh to open a computer courses for adults.

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

After learning about the broad strokes of refugees and challenges they face, the students of 7th grade at the Center City Public Charter Schools, Petworth Campus located at 510 Webster Street, Washington, D.C. 20011 have expressed the need to hear personal stories and experiences of individuals living as a refugees. The conversation, which happened March 1st, between the members of RAN and the school leadership has made the situation real in a way that students had not witnessed before. RAN shared refugee stories and pictures with students, which functioned as a launching point to discuss the larger issues happening with refugees across the globe.

 

2016:

Teaching French songs to children learning French at Alliance Francaise during “World Music Day” at SOFITEL Hotel. June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.

 

2015:

BRIDGING LGBTI REFUGEES AND THE BROADER AMERICAN LGBTQ COMMUNITY & CELEBRATING HUMAN RIGHTS DAY WITH LGBTI REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS, Dec. 10th, 2015 At CANNON HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 121, Washington,D.C. With Congressman Alan Lowenthal of the 47th District of California.

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BRIDGING LGBTI REFUGEES AND THE BROADER AMERICAN LGBT COMMUNITY, October-December 2015 in Houston, Miami and San Diego

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2014:

REFUGEE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP – EMPOWERING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN EXILE

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Society is still in need of the critical work done by human rights defenders who are dedicated to combating violence and impunity. When human rights defenders in exile discontinue their activities, the repercussions can affect peace and stability as a whole and reduce the number of human rights activists. Empowering the work of the human rights defenders in exile is consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 53/44 of December 9, 1998 on Human Rights Defenders. However, the human rights defenders living in exile all over the world are restricted by obstacles such as racism, indifference, exclusion, poverty, gender inequality, homophobia, and xenophobia. Empowering the work of human rights defenders who are living in exile means eradicating poverty and contributing to the progress of human rights in general.

 

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Discussion on Empowering Human Rights Defenders in Exile, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Freedom House, 4th Floor Conference Room, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. With Allida Black, Ph.D, Managing Director, The Allenswood  Group; Senior Fellow, Women’s Research and Education Institute – Brian Dooley, Director, Human Rights Defenders at Human Rights First – Don Kusler, the Executive- Director, Americans For Democratic Action – Gina Anderson, Senior Counsel, Center for Human Rights, American Bar Association, and Beni Dedieu Luzau, Chairperson, Refugee Alliance Network. Moderator: Jenai Cox, Program Manager, Africa at Freedom House.