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Community Resilience: Evolving Perspectives and Approaches to Migration

  • American Red Cross 2025 E St NW Washington, DC United States (map)

Join the American Red Cross for our migration conference, Community Resilience: Evolving Perspectives and Approaches to Migration, on March 16, 2016. This event will bring together leading advocates, service providers and government actors to focus on strengthening and supporting the resilience of migrants and the communities in which they live. Keynote speakers include Shelly Pitterman, head of the UN Refugee Agency office in Washington, DC, and Walter Cotte, International Federation of the Red Cross Regional Director for the Americas. Panel discussion topics include migrant (re)integration, migrant mental health, protections for LGBT migrants, and migration policy challenges and opportunities.

Our Master of Ceremonies is Dr. Sarah Polk, MD, ScM, Medical Director with Johns Hopkins University and the Children's Medical Practice.

Conference Agenda

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:30am)
Harold Brooks, Senior Vice President, International Services of the American Red Cross
Mark Silverman, Deputy Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross

Opening Keynote Address (9:30-10:30am)
Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for the USA and Caribbean, UN Refugee Agency

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Morning Panels (10:45am-12:00pm)
Community Responses to Migrant (Re)Integration
Stacia Hines, Linkages to Learning
Emily Kephart, Kids in Need of Defense
Mauricio Paredes, Honduran Red Cross
Annie Wilson, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

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Integrated Approaches to Addressing Mental Health Needs
Dr. Jodi Berger Cardoso, University of Houston
Marisa Chumil, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Dr. Janell Routh, Office of Refugee Resettlement
Carl Takei, American Civil Liberties Union

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Lunch Presentation (12:15-1:00pm)
Melysa Sperber, Director, Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking

Afternoon Panels (1:15-2:30pm)
Out from the Margins: Fostering LGBTI Migrant Inclusion
Alice Farmer, UN Refugee Agency
Neil Grungras, Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality
Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Migration Policy Challenges and Opportunities
Mary Giovagnoli, US Department of Homeland Security
Jenny Johnson, Southern Border Community Coalition
Jennifer Podkul, Women's Refugee Commission

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Closing Keynote Address (2:45-3:45pm)
Walter Cotte, Regional Director, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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Closing Remarks (3:45-4:00pm)

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Follow the conversation online using #MigrationMatters and #ProtectHumanity

Thank you for your interest in our conference. Registration for in-person participation is now closed. You can still register to participate online and receive updates regarding the livestream. If you have questions about participating in-person please contact our team at FamilyLinksOutreach@redcross.org.

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