June 20, 5:25 PM click here to comment > 2
Today is World Refugee Day in Seattle
Today I proclaimed June 20th, 2012 to be World Refugee Day in Seattle. Today is a day to commemorate the importance of the refugee communities that help to make Seattle a more diverse, unique and culturally sensitive city.
Our new Director for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila, will be sharing this proclamation at events throughout the city this week, honoring the efforts of community champions who aim to make refugee’s transitions easier by providing services and resources. Seattle-based community partners such as the Refugee Women’s Alliance, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the International Rescue Committee and many others, deserve the support and praise of our whole community for their efforts to help people joining our community from other countries to rebuild their lives.
Our community is richer and more vibrant because of our history of welcoming refugees and making them a part of the fabric of Seattle. I hope you will join me in honoring them today, and the rest of the year.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn