Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center

World Refugee Day is June 20, 2013!


"We must work together to mobilize the political will and leadership to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows.  Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help."                                       ~ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


World Refugee Day is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the cultural traditions, journeys, and stories of refugees in the U.S. and around the world.  It is also a day to raise awareness of the unique health needs and strengths of refugees.  


RHTAC encourages our readers to highlight the importance of health and well-being for the refugee communities we serve while sharing cultural traditions and celebrating the many positive contributions refugees make to their families, communities, and American society.  RHTAC would also like to recognize the refugees and health care providers who work to improve the health of refugees.   


What is your community or organization doing to celebrate World Refugee Day?  Read about how others are celebrating and share your ideas and plans on Community Dialogue > 


World Refugee Day Resources

  • USA for UNHCR. Various multimedia resources and information available for World Refugee Day events.
  • UNHCR in Canada.  Detailed list of suggested events and activities.

RHTAC is a project of the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience at Children's Hospital Boston, the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at Center for Applied Linguistics, and JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. The information contained in RHTAC newsletters do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of RHTAC's partner agencies or its funders.  RHTAC is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grant #90RB0042.    


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