In May the IRC in Florida’s Deputy Director, Regina Bernadin, and Tallahassee Site Manager, Una Bilic, joined refugee leaders and advocates from across the country for a special two-day advocacy event in Washington, DC. With refugee arrivals at an all-time low, the need to engage Congress and share the importance of welcoming refugees is more urgent now than ever before. During this special event—which brought more than 20 refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations together in our nation’s capital—refugee leaders and advocates were able to hold more than 200 meetings with members of Congress in just one day!
The delegation from Florida—which also included colleagues and refugee leaders from We Are All America and HIAS—had engaging meetings with the offices of Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Neal Dunn and Representative Mario Diaz Balart, and were able to have direct, in-person meetings with Representative Al Lawson, Representative Donna Shalala and Representative John Rutherford. The IRC in Florida team discussed the important actions legislators can take to protect the refugee resettlement program and support our work with victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied minors.
In fiscal year 2018, the IRC in Florida:
- Resettled 133 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and El Salvador, 67 percent of whom were children
- Secured 67 job placements for refugees with 21 different companies
- Provided services to 34 victims of human trafficking
- Provided services to 92 unaccompanied immigrant children
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Florida and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at or 678-636-8941.
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