To the surprise of many, an estimated 25,000 refugees have been resettled in Utah. This presentation will help participants gain a better understanding of what a refugee is, where they come from, and the risk factors and challenges they face as they come to a new environment. We will also address where they can receive the help and resources they need as they encounter these challenges.
This session is to be held on Monday, November 12 of the Joining Forces Conference from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. It will be given by Gerald Brown and Adan Batar.
Adan Batar was born in Somalia. He graduated from Somali National University Law School in 1990. Soon after he graduated the Somali civil war broke out. Adan had to flee from Somalia and came to the US in 1994 as a refugee resettled through Catholic Community Services of Utah. He has worked for Catholic Community Services Refugee Resettlement and Immigration programs for over 16 years. He has gained extensive experience about refugee resettlement and US immigration laws especially with respect to refugee admissions, family reunification and US citizenship.
Gerald Brown has worked with refugees since 1980. He has resettled newly arrived refugees in Texas and overseen US refugee resettlement for one of the national resettlement organizations in New York City. For four years he served as an Asylum Officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), adjudicating applications for asylum in the US. Gerald is the first director of the Utah Refugee Services Office, within the Department of Workforce Services.
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