Texas's Refugee Leaders Available to Discuss Refugee Issues
What: Refugee leaders from Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio will gather in Austin for a state-wide meeting to share ideas and strategies for ensuring that refugees are welcomed to Texas.
Refugee Leaders are available for interviews on the impact of the travel ban on their communities and on refugee resettlement in Texas. They are available to share their own stories and talk about their journeys - why and how they came to the US and how they were able to become contributing members of their communities as new Texans.
Who: Refugees and former refugees from Burundi, Bhutan, Burma, Syria, Iraq, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo, including:
Alexis Niyonkuru: Mr. Alexis Niyonkuru is a refugee from Burundi who was resettled to Houston, Texas in 2007. Shortly after his arrival to the U.S., Mr. Niyonkuru decided to join the Gary Job Corps Center, and within a couple years he received his High School Diploma, PCA Certificate, and a Certification in Transportation and Business Communications International Union.
Jean-claude Mauridi: Mr. Jean-Claude Mauridi was 16 years old when war broke out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He fled his country in order to avoid recruitment by the rebels, and spent the next ten years in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bios of other refugee leaders participating in the meeting are available upon request.
When/Where: The Statewide Refugee Leadership Meeting takes place in Austin on December 1-3rd. Refugee Leaders will be available for:
• In-person interviews on Friday, Saturday or Sunday December 1-3 at:
Refugee Services of Texas-Austin Service Center
500 E St Johns Ave #1.280, Austin, TX 78752
• Phone or in-person interviews in their home cities after the meeting.
Please contact Solace Duncan to request interviews.
The Refugee Congress is a national advocacy and advisory organization comprised of refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our mission is to promote the well-being, integration, and dignity of all refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons in the U.S. and beyond. We do that by bringing our voices and experiences to inform decision makers on domestic and international issues and policies affecting our lives. http://www.refugeecongress.org