An Iowa Perspective on the Refugee Crisis and the United Nations

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An Iowa Perspective on the Refugee Crisis and the United Nations

December 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 –7:00pm to 9:00pm

In-person event + Livestream
Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The number of refugees and forcibly displaces people have swelled to nearly 100 miliion worldwide – mostly women and children. The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, works every day to aid these victims of war, famine, and opppression. As we observe Human Rights Day, a panel of refugees now living in Iowa plus a representative of UNHCR will discuss refugee rights and how UNHCR helps to protect those rights.

The panel will include:
Chris Boian, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Elizabeth Bernal, immigrant from Mexico and co-founder of Open Heartland
Re Noe, refugee from Burma (Myanmar), staff member with EMBARC, an agency benefitting Burmese refugees
Solange Bashige, refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Mak Suceska, one-time refugee from Bosnia and director of Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services

This event can be viewed live on the ICPL Youtube channel:

This event is sponsored by the Johnson County United Nations Association, the Iowa City office of Equity and Human Rights, the Iowa City Public Library, and the Refugee and Immigrant Association.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library.

This event is open to the public.

Contact Information

Group Name: United Nations Association Johnson County Chapter

Group Type: Non-profit citizen’s groups

Primary Contact Name: Stefanie Bowers

Primary Contact Phone: 319-356-5022

Secondary Contact Name: Jim Olson

Secondary Contact Phone: 319-512-0007


Cosponsor Organization: Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights

Cosponsor Name: Stefanie Bowers

Cosponsor Phone:


December 6, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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