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Join refugees and service providers as they share their experiences navigating through the challenges of resettlement and the human rights issues they face through film and story telling.

In honor of World Refugee Day, join the Center for Civil and Human Rights to see and hear first-person perspectives of refugees from across the world.  In partnership with Green Card Voices and Small World Films, we will highlight individual story-telling and documentary film to provide guests insight into the issues driving migration, struggles during the journey, and issues of acclimation once these individuals have re-settled.

Following a short intermission, civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson will join us for a one-on-one conversation with anthropologist and filmmaker Dr. Isabella Alexander to explore the connections between the human rights issues facing migrant and refugee populations around the world and the civil rights issues facing minority populations in the US.

The Center will then host a panel of local area refugee service providers to explore the success and challenges of resettlement.  Representatives from Refuge Coffee Co, CARE International, and Coalition for Refugee Service Agencies will discuss their humanitarian work with refugee populations.

Evening Activities

  • 6:00 PM – Doors Open to the Public
  • 6:20 PM – Voices of Refugees: Leon Shombana and 5 Students from the Green Card Voice Series
  • 7:00 PM – One-on-One Interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Isabella Alexander
  • 7:30 PM – Sneak Peek of The Burning
  • 8:00 PM – Panel Discussion

Refugee Participants

Leon Ndahimwa Shombana

Leon Ndahimwa Shombana is from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was a primary school history teacher. He has lived in the United States for seven years and has worked at Refuge Coffee Co. for three. He was the first to enter their job training program. Upon completion of the one-year program, Refuge hired him to work on their support staff as the Manager of their coffee shop. He is the resident expert in the business of welcome.

The participants will also include 5 Students from the Green Card Voice Series

Interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.  As a highly respected and trusted world leader, Reverend Jackson has acted many times as an international diplomat in sensitive situations.

Isabella Alexander is the filmmaker behind the documentary film The Burning. After graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (BA), Alexander studied Documentary Film at the Spéos Institute in France (MFA), Social Sciences at the University of Chicago (MA), and Sociocultural Anthropology at Emory University (MA and PhD), where Dr. Alexander now holds a joint position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Film & Media Studies. Her research interests center on uncovering the social and political realities of transnational migration in our world’s most critical border regions.

Panelists

Emily Walters Laney, LMSW is the Metro Atlanta Regional Director for Lutheran Services of Georgia and the 2017-2018 Chair of the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies. Emily has been working with refugees and immigrants for over 7 years in mental health and program management capacities. Emily also is a part time faculty member at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Social Work and Human Services.

Daw E. Mohamed has over 30 years of experience with Care International in management of humanitarian and development programs, leadership, coordination and representation. He has strong background on disaster management and emergency response.  Daw assumed various senior leadership positions in both field offices and headquarters in CARE and worked extensively in conflict zones and insecure countries, including Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and recently in Nigeria.  Daw is currently assuming a position of Director of Humanitarian Operations under CARE USA Humanitarian Team, based in Atlanta.

Daw is an Economist/Statistician and has Masters in Disaster Management. He is fluent in Arabic and English and exposed to several local languages of other countries.

Kitti Murray and her husband Bill (or Kiki and Chief to their growing tribe of adorable grandkids) live on the edge of Atlanta in a refugee community that has been called the most diverse square mile in the world. This has been the most intense and inviting neighborhood in their experience, and it has taught them to dream big and love even bigger. One expression of that love has been Refuge Coffee Co., a non-profit Kitti founded as a way to join hands with neighbors near and far to create opportunity and true refuge through coffee and community service.

Refuge has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Senator Bill Bradley’s radio show, American Voices, Food & Wine magazine, and NPR’s The Salt. Kitti has spoken about Refuge at Creative Mornings, the Q Commons, Leadercast Women, Google Atlanta, and at other venues where people come to hear stories about justice and mercy. Connect with Kitti and Refuge at www.refugecoffeeco.com or on social media @refugecoffeeco.

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