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World Refugee Day in pictures

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For this year’s World Refugee Day, the IRC in Florida’s Tallahassee office worked with local partners to celebrate the vast contributions that refugees have made to our state! Thanks to the Florida Department of Children and Families for capturing such beautiful pictures of this event.

Photo: Florida Department of Children and Families

The Swahili Children's Choir performed at the event and were featured in the Tallahassee Democrat.

The Swahili Childrens Choir performed at our World Refugee Day Celebration.

Photo: Florida Department of Children and Families

Since opening in 2015, the IRC in Florida's Tallahassee office has resettled more than 500 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador and Syria, welcoming families to rebuild their lives in Leon County.

Photo: Florida Department of Children and Families

IRC client Ngena Yolondjwa from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said: "I think here in America, here in Tallahassee, I'll fulfill my dream. I've been welcomed by everyone in Tallahassee here and I'm thankful for that.

Photo: Florida Department of Children and Families

We were honored to have Commissioner Dianne Willams-Cox and Courtney Thomas, Director of External Affairs in the Office of Mayor John Dailey, in attendance to present an official proclamation to IRC Site manager, Una Bilic, declaring June 20 as World Refugee Day in Tallahassee.

Photo: Florida Department of Children and Families

For information on how you can get involved with the IRC in Florida as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.

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