The IRC in Denver, in partnership with the Refugee Action Coalition of Colorado (RACC), hosted Refugee Day at the State Capitol on March 12. The event was an opportunity for state legislators and their staff to learn about refugee resettlement in the U.S., Colorado’s role in welcoming our newest neighbors, and to hear directly from refugee and former refugee Coloradans. For refugees and refugee advocates, it was an opportunity to learn more about their state government and how best they can continue to advocate for the communities and issues they care most about.
The event, which was jointly sponsored by Senator Dominick Moreno and Representative Leslie Herod, began with event attendees being invited to sit on the Senate floor to watch the morning session. Following a tour of the State Capitol, the IRC and RACC hosted a presentation and panel discussion with members of the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau (RSB). RSB members Nga Vương-Sandoval, who is originally from Việt Nam and Nermina Mujkanović, originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, shared their experiences as refugee women. They spoke to all they are doing now to advocate for refugee communities and other issues they care deeply about. The discussion allowed legislators and their staff to hear directly from and ask questions of individuals who eventually came to call Colorado home after being resettled under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
Refugee Day at the State Capitol is just one way the IRC in Denver is working in partnership with others across the community and the state. IRC looks forward to continuing to engage with state legislators and finding new ways to help advance pro-refugee legislation and policies in Colorado. To stay up to date on advocacy efforts and opportunities to take action, sign up for IRC's advocacy text alerts. Text RESCUE to 40649 to join the movement or visit Rescue.org/take-action.