World Refugee Day - Salt Lake City
World Refugee Day is recognized throughout the globe this month. In Utah, World Refugee Day is this Saturday June 23rd from 10-4:00 pm at Fairmont Park, 1040 Sugarmont, Salt Lake City, UT.
Organizations gather in their locales to network, brainstorm and provide support for the highest number of refugee displacement in history. Stats from the UNHCR provide shocking numbers.
"By the end of 2017, 68.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. That was an increase of 2.9 million people over the previous year, and the world’s forcibly displaced population remained at a record high. This includes: 25.4 million refugees in the world—the highest ever seen; 40 million internally displaced people; and 3.1 million asylum-seekers."
TSOS, or better known as Their Story is Our Story, will be part of the organizations featured at this all day event at Fairmont Park. TSOS is a non-profit organization, that gives a validating voice to refugees impacted by this difficult climate of uncertainty. Their stories and photos will be featured in a compelling book called "Let Me Tell You My Story" (available on Amazon.com and Familius.com) to be released in October 2018. We look forward to meeting you at the TSOS booth to share heroic refugee stories and opportunities of hope for refugees. Saturday, June 23rd, at the Fairmont Park, 2100 South 1071 East in Salt Lake City.
Bring the entire family to bask in the warmth of humanitarian fellowship and support which will be evident at this notable event. Come with questions or a willingness to help.
For more information: Contact Margo Watson, TSOS 801-910-1691
The Emerald Project is a Utah-based organization that carefully designs dialogues to engage with non-Muslims to make Salt Lake Valley a more welcoming home to Muslims. As many of our refugee friends belong to the Muslim faith, we applaud opportunities that foster understanding and were pleased to support The Emerald Project’s 3rd annual “Slam the Islamophobia” event on February 15th.
Refugees often risk their lives crossing deserts, jungles, and oceans all in the search for shelter, freedom, or happiness. Yet, even once they’ve reached physical safety, mental mountains emerge that make daily life an uphill climb. At the November 2022 conference for the Utah Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE), presenters Shurooq Al Jewari and Sasha Sloan discussed mental health and inclusion, focusing on immigrants and refugees.
On January 25th, TSOS was invited to present to a group of approximately 50 faculty and administrative leaders at Utah Valley University (UVU). Specifically, they wanted to understand how forcibly displaced individuals might arrive at UVU, what types of burdens they might be carrying, and how the university could better support the unique needs of these students. UVU is the largest university in the state of Utah, and its leadership was anxious to discuss ways to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for UVU’s over 200 refugee students.