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Mayor Parker Joins Local Agencies to Launch 2012 World Refugee Week World Refugee Day Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Office of International Communities, Department of Neighborhoods
Houston World Refugee Day Committee
Houston Consortium of Refugee Service Providers

Mayor’s Proclamation – Houston World Refugee Day
Announcement – 2012 World Refugee Week Campaign & Festivities

Tuesday, June 5, 11:30 a.m.

Proclamation Room, City Hall, 3rd Floor, 901 Bagby, Houston TX 77002

The Houston World Refugee Day Committee will launch a new public awareness campaign coinciding with 2012 World Refugee Week, June 11 to 16, and culminating with the celebration of World Refugee Day. The campaign aims to raise public awareness about the challenges that refugees face as they adjust to a new life in the U.S., the contributions that they are making to American society, and the vibrant ethnic diversity of this community as an integral part of the nation’s cultural fabric.

The scheduled events are as follows: Kick-off Reception & Film Screening, Welcome to Shelbyville, a documentary about the refugee experience as relates to race, religion and identity, Monday, June 11, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Houston Public Library – Central, 500 McKinney 77002, sponsored by the Houston Public Library and the Office of International Communities, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods;

The Young Professionals Mixer, a networking event for resettlement agencies, Thursday, June 14, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Nouveau Antique Arts Bar, 2913 Main Street 77002; World Refugee Day Celebration, Saturday, June 16, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin Street 77074, sponsored by the Houston Consortium and community partners.

For more information about these events, contact Benito Juarez, Office of International Communities, at 713-778-6503 or visit

For information about the Department of Neighborhoods, visit


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