After surviving unimaginable trauma and navigating significant hurdles just to get to America, refugees face the daunting task of starting over in a new country with few resources and often little education or familiarity with the language or culture. Transitioning to life in the US means intensive ESL classes, rounds of doctor visits, school enrollments for children, and quickly finding a job to support themselves and their families.
Hyde Park Refugee Project invites you to attend Coming to America: The Refugee Experience Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E 55th Street, Chicago, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The program is the first installment of a three-part series that will explore the challenges faced by refugees, especially those from Muslim-majority countries, in building new lives amid tightening restrictions and divided support from US citizens.
Leaders of organizations dedicated to helping refugees transition to life in the US will kick off the discussion, followed by lunch, then short talks by legal and policy experts and activists. An audience Q&A will follow.
The program is free and open to the public.