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Resilience and Hope: #ShareTheJourney with Congolese Refugees

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This is the slideshow used with our February 19 webinar on Congolese refugees and US resettlement.

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Resilience and Hope: #ShareTheJourney with Congolese Refugees

  1. 1. RESILIENCE AND HOPE: #ShareTheJourney with Congolese Refugees
  2. 2. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s H o u s e k e e p i n g • Webinar being recorded • Mute • Live tweeting – via @EMMRefugees, @TheEPPN • #ShareTheJourney • #Episcopal • #DRC, #Congo, #Congolese • #refugee, #refugees • Use question function to submit questions; introduce yourself. Submit throughout webinar; we will answer at the end. If needed, follow-up post-webinar. • Technical issues? Use chat function to contact Wendy Johnson, or email Wendy at wjohnson@episcopalchurch.org
  3. 3. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s I n t r o d u c t i o n s Allison Duvall Manager for Church Relations & Engagement aduvall@episcopalchurch.org Kurt Bonz Program Manager, Post-Arrival kbonz@episcopalchurch.org Katie Conway Immigration & Refugee Policy Analyst Office of Government Relations kconway@episcopalchurch.org Wendy Johnson Manager for Communications wjohnson@episcopalchurch.org
  4. 4. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s I n t r o d u c t i o n s
  5. 5. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s S e t t i n g t h e S t a g e • Context • History of conflict/violence/push factors • Geography of displacement • Journey to America • Integration and Community • #ShareTheJourney with Your Neighbors • Become an Advocate • Be Part of Our Ministry - #ShareTheJourney Pilgrimage • Q&A • Resources for Further Learning • Stay in Touch
  6. 6. Pray for an end to the conflict [in the Democratic Republic of Congo], an end to violence and the atrocities, that the needs of the suffering may be supplied, and that peace may prevail. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : T h e C h u r c h S p e a k s
  7. 7. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  8. 8. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  9. 9. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  10. 10. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  11. 11. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  12. 12. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  13. 13. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  14. 14. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  15. 15. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  16. 16. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y
  17. 17. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : H i s t o r y Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
  18. 18. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : G e o g r a p h y o f D i s p l a c e m e n t Photo: Tristan McConnell Sake
  19. 19. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : G e o g r a p h y o f D i s p l a c e m e n t a n d D u r a b l e S o l u t i o n s • Map
  20. 20. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B a c k g r o u n d : O v e r s e a s P r o c e s s i n g
  21. 21. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ 30 affiliate agencies in 26 dioceses collectively serve about 5,000 refugees every year. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s J o u r n e y t o A m e r i c a
  22. 22. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s J o u r n e y t o A m e r i c a
  23. 23. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s E p i s c o p a l M i g r a t i o n M i n i s t r i e s
  24. 24. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s I n t e g r a t i o n a n d C o m m u n i t y Photo: Exodus Refugee, Episcopal Migration Ministries How do we welcome our new neighbors? • Welcome begins before refugees arrive • Arranging decent safe and sanitary housing • Furniture (need not be new, but in good condition), cleaning supplies, toiletries • Seasonal clothing and clothing for work • Stocking the kitchen, pantry, and refrigerator • Welcome at arrival • Greeting refugees at the airport • Ready to eat and culturally appropriate meal upon arrival • Welcome and orientation to their new community • Case management: Assistance applying for social security card, enrollment in English language programs, employment services • Ensure every refugee has health assessment within 30 days of arrival • Transportation assistance • Assistance with filing with family overseas
  25. 25. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s I n t e g r a t i o n a n d C o m m u n i t y Discerning How You Can Welcome 1. Assess Your Gifts, Resources, and Skills 2. Match Gifts, Resources, and Skills with Opportunities 1. Get to know your local resettlement office. How can your gifts, resources, and skills be matched to support the vision and mission of the local resettlement office? 2. Learn about and meet your new neighbors. How can your gifts, resources, and skills welcome your new neighbors?
  26. 26. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s I n t e g r a t i o n a n d C o m m u n i t y Discerning How You Can Welcome 3. Build Your Team 4. Make a Plan 5. Communicate with Local Partners 6. Put Plan into Action 7. Evaluate
  27. 27. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s # S h a r e T h e J o u r n e y w i t h Yo u r N e i g h b o r s #ShareTheJourney as The Episcopal Church celebrates 75 years of resettling refugees in the United States. #ShareTheJourney is a multi-media effort to educate, form, and equip Episcopalians to engage in loving service with resettled refugees and to become prophetic witnesses and advocates on behalf of refugees, asylees, migrants, and displaced persons throughout the world.
  28. 28. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B e c o m e a n A d v o c a t e • Advocate: Our voices are needed! • Robust funding is needed for the immediate needs of those who flee and for the services resettled refugees receive when they arrive in the U.S • Contact your Members of Congress and let them know that you support robust funding for the protection and reception of refugees • Specifically, the following accounts • Department of State • Migration and Refugee Assistance • Emergency Migration and Refugee Assistance (ERMA) • International Disaster Assistance Account • Health and Human Services • Refugee Entrant Assistance Account • Congress will be working on the FY16 budget throughout the spring and summer Photo credit The Minnesota Post
  29. 29. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s S t a y i n T o u c h Stay up to date by following us on Twitter: @TheEPPN @EMMRefugees #refugees #ShareTheJourney • http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/action
  30. 30. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s B e P a r t o f O u r M i n i s t r y #ShareTheJourney: Like us on Facebook • Facebook.com/EMMRefugees • Facebook.com/theEPPN Follow us on Twitter • @EMMRefugees • @TheEPPN Connect with one of our 30 local affiliate organizations. www.EpiscopalMigrationMinistries.org www.advocacy.episcopalchurch.org Follow the virtual pilgrimage: www.episcopalchurch.org/sharethejourney
  31. 31. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s # S h a r e T h e J o u r n e y P i l g r i m a g e #ShareTheJourney Pilgrimage • 8 Episcopalians selected through churchwide application process • EMM staff • Episcopal News Service • The Rev. Ranjit Mathews, Officer for Global Relations and Networking Purpose: to follow the process of in-country preparation for refugee resettlement to the United States, to witness the plight of Congolese and Central African refugees Visiting Gihembe Camp, north of Kigali, Rwanda Also, examining issues of gender-related violence, persecution of LGBTI refugees, unaccompanied children
  32. 32. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s Q u e s t i o n s Questions? What has inspired you? What has challenged you?
  33. 33. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s L e a r n m o r e • Books • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild • Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck • Africa’s World War by Gerard Prunier • Web resources • UNHCR Portal, Democratic Republic of Congo • Center for Applied Linguistics • Video: Congolese refugees in the United States • Backgrounder: Congolese Refugees • Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) DRC webpage • The Atlantic • Article: The Origins of the War in the DRC • Refugees International • Field Report: Congolese Women: What Happened to the Promise to Protect? • Film: Who am I going to be? – About young adult Congolese resettled to New Hampshire • Call to Prayer: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Advent 2012
  34. 34. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s S t a y i n T o u c h • EMM Website: www.episcopalchurch.org/emm • Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmrefugees • Twitter: www.twitter.com/EMMRefugees • Tumblr: www.emmrefugees.tumblr.com • Episcopal Public Policy Network Website: www.advocacy.episcopalchurch.org • Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheEPPN • Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheEPPN
  35. 35. R E S ILIE N C E A N D H O P E : # S h a re T h e J o u r n e y w i t h C o n g o l e s e R e f u g e e s S t a y i n T o u c h Katie Conway Immigration and Refugee Policy Analyst kconway@episcopalchurch.org, (202) 599-8601 Allison Duvall Manager for Church Relations and Engagement aduvall@episcopalchurch.org, (212) 716-6027 Wendy Johnson Manager for Communications wjohnson@episcopalchurch.org, (212) 716-6143 Kurt Bonz Program Manager kbonz@episcopalchurch.org, (212) 716-6254

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