ADC Recognizes June as World Refugee Month

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) recognizes the sacrifice and courage of refugees. The United Nations established June 20th as World Refugee Day and ADC recognizes June as World Refugee month. This month we welcome all refugees who have been displaced from their country of origin due to war and persecution.

We are living during the world’s largest international refugee and humanitarian crisis. According to the UN Refugee Agency– as of 2015 there are nearly 60 million displaced people in the world, 20 million of whom are registered refugees who have fled their countries.

UN Regugee Graphics_World Refugee Month June 2016

*Graphics from the UN Refugee Agency

ADC is a coalition member of Refugees Are Welcome. ADC wants you to join in the movement to #WelcomeRefugees. You can join the movement by hosting a Refugee Welcome dinner in your local community and volunteer at a local charity, interfaith or civic organization working to help with refugee resettlement. You can get involved with local events occurring in your area by visiting Refugees Are Welcome and by participating in the events below:

World Refugee Month Events


June 4, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
World Refugee Day
Refugee Forum of Orange County
Pearson Park Amphitheater
401 N. Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA 92805

June 17, 2016, 11:00am-1:30pm
International Rescue Committee
East Bay Refugee Forum’s World Refugee Day Celebration
San Antonio Park, Foothill Blvd & 16th Avenue, Oakland, CA

June 18, 2016, 11:00am-3:00pm
World Refugee Day & Farm-To-Fork Community Event
International Rescue Committee
IRC New Roots Kuchenu Farm

June 20, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The California Refugee Resettlement Story
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

June 20, 2016
Santa Clara County’s 24th Annual World Refugee Day Event
International Rescue Committee
Campbell Community Center – Orchard City Banquet Hall; 4:30-7:30pm

June 23, 2016
World Refugee Day
Plummer Park
1200 N. Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046


June 10, 2016, 10am-12:00pm
Refugee Children and Youth Event
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Florida

June 25 2016, 11:00am – 2:00pm
World Refugee Day Commemoration
UNA Southeast Florida
Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
More info: Diana McLeary,

Washington D.C., Maryland & Northern Virginia

June 9th from 7:00pm-8:30 pm
Thursday, June 16th from 7:00pm-8:30 pm
Refugee Forums at Saint George’s Episcopal Church
915 N Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22203 Parish H, 703-525-8286

June 16th from 2:00-4:00pm
World Refugee Day
Hosted by the Refugee Congress
Russell Senate Office Building, SR-188
2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-226-8000

June 18, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
World Refugee Day Celebration
University of Maryland Center for Educational Partnership and International Rescue Committee
6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20737

June 18, 2016, 2:00-6:00pm
International Rescue Committee
Baltimore’s World Refugee Day Street Festival – Conkling Street

June 20, 2016, 9:00am
World Refugee Day Breakfast Meeting
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
National Press Club, Washington, DC
More info: Folabi Olagbaju,

June 20, 2016, 6:00pm-7:00pm
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage – Special musical performance Featuring: Gaby Moreno

Saturday, June 22, 2016 1:00pm – 3:30pm
World Refugee Day Celebration – International Rescue Committee
Baltimore’s World Refugee Day at the Walters Art Museum
Presented by Creative Alliance, Baltimore Resettlement Center & BCCC Refugee Youth Project

June 23, 2016 1:00pm
After Spring Washington D.C. Premiere
AFI Silver DOCs
E Street Theatre, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004


June 4, 2016 through June 5, 2016,10:00AM-7:00PM
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace hosts Fort Wayne’s annual ArabFest

June 17, 2016, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Muslim Alliance of Indiana’s Refugee Welcome Fair Iftar & Dinner
Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

June 20, 2016, 11:00am – 2:00pm
World Refugee Day: Exodus at City Market
Indianapolis City Market 222 E. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204


June 5, 2016 5:00pm-8:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral – Springfield, MA
Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to build a school in a Syrian Internal Displacement Camp


June 4, 2016 6:00pm -7:15pm
The Arab American National Museum
Opening Reception for Exhibit: “What We Carried”
Highlights stories of Iraqi and Syrian immigrants and refugees who fled their home to the U.S.

June 3, 2016 through June 12, 2016
The Arab American National Museum
Film Showing – “As I Open My Eyes”
“Arab Film Festival” as part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival

New York

June 17, 2016 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Historical Refugee Walk
Safe Passage Project
Battery Park, New York, NY 10280
More info: Stephanie Gibbs,

June 18, 2016
Rochester World Refugee Day
Faziri Global Refugee Services
Lake Avenue Baptist Church/72 Ambrose Street, Rochester, NY 14608
More info: Faziri Ndahiro,

June 23, 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Iftar in a Synagogue: Refugees and Immigrants Welcome
NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
Temple Emanu-El – 1 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

June 26, 2016 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Multifaith Volunteer Day to Support Syrian Refugees
Catholic Charities
1011 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022

June 27, 2016 through July 10, 2016
Where the Children Sleep
A photo exhibit about refugee children in Europe and Middle East by Magnus Wennman
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Seattle, Washington

June 12, 2016, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
International Rescue Committee
ARTvocacy Benefit Concert
Olympic View Community Center

June 16, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm
International Rescue Committee
IRC in Seattle’s 11th Annual ARTvocacy Exhibit: A Celebration of World Refugee Day
The Pioneer Collective

June 20, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm
International Rescue Committee
“A Single Frame” Film Screening
AMC Pacific Place 11


June 11, 2016 10:00AM–2:00PM
Catholic Charities World Refugee Celebration at St. Patrick’s Catholic School
9635 Ferndale Rd., Dallas TX 75238

June 18, 2016 3:00PM-6:00PM
World Refugee Day
San Jacinto Auditorium Houston Community College Central Campus
1300 Holman Street, Houston, TX
The day will be featuring a story-telling event from unique and inspirational former refugees as well as a photography exhibit.

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