June 20 is World Refugee Day

The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Around the world there are over 50 million refugees and displaced individuals, 12 million of whom were forced from their homes by the war in Syria. These circumstances demand our attention and action.

In commemoration of World Refugee Day on June 20, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS), a division of USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), will host two unique events:

  1. Film screening of Refugee Kids, a documentary that tells the story of refugee children participating in a summer program in New York City.  The screening will take place on June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Catholic University of America Gowan Auditorium.  Brief discussion of the film will follow.
  2. Locally resettled refugees will share their stories over food and drinks at Busboys & Poets Brookland on June 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

More details on the events are available here. For those who cannot make the events, we hope you will join us in prayer for the world’s refugees on June 20.

Resources: Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services shares several resources to support refugee and immigrant children and families, including a new video from USCCB titled “Unaccompanied Children” which provides an overview of Migration and Refugee Services, one of two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to help children who enter the United States without a legal guardian.  Find several other resources including publications, events and grants here from BRYCS

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) is a project of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS).  BRYCS maintains the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families.