Human Stories, Global Journeys: Responding to Colorado’s New Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  •  January 25, 2024
     6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Across the United States, the Refugee Crisis has impacted cities, politics, and asylum rates. Major metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Denver, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles have seen their refugee rates climb rapidly, straining support systems. Over 50,000 refugees and migrants have been transported out of regional border states, like Texas, and spread across the United States.

Refugee crises are not new. Every region of the globe faces similar struggles in helping refugee populations while maintaining support systems. More damning, refugees have been used as political fodder and for extracting political leverage. This has occurred in the United States and other countries such as Turkey, Morocco, and Syria.

This panel seeks to answer the following questions: What is driving the Refugee Crisis in the United States? Why are migrants transiting regional borders? How does Texas transit refugees through border regions? How can policymakers and the public help refugees and migrants coming into Colorado? Finally, is there an international case study for this?

Moderator: James Walsh from CU Denver

  • Melissa Burton, J.D.  Immigration Policy Analyst at the Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
  • Andrea Loya, Executive Director of Casa De Paz
  • Wesley Brockway, Legal Services Director at the International Refugee Committee
  • Jamie Blanchard, Refugee Resettlement Program Director at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

Title: Human Stories, Global Journeys: Responding to Colorado’s New Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm doors open; 6:30 pm panel starts (wrap up about 8 pm)
Price: Tickets are $15. Students can register for $10. Food (Ruby’s Market) and drinks (Beer and Wine) will be provided.
Location: Posner Center, Commons Event Space 1031 33rd St. Denver, Colorado 80205
Streaming: Zoom Link TBD & IRC Facebook stream
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1031 33rd St, Denver, Colorado, 80205, United States