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Please join the International Rescue Committee for a celebration of World Refugee Day 2006: From Uncertainty to Safety: Burmese Refugees in Burma, Thailand, and the United States Distinguished Presenters: Dale Buscher, Director, Protection and Participation Program, The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Sai Aung Tee Kham, Activist and Human Rights Lawyer Mo Nom (“Daisy”) Tee Kham, Student and Posse Scholarship Recipient Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm The International Rescue Committee Global Headquarters 11th Floor Conference Rooms The Chanin Building - 122 East 42nd Street, New York Reception to Follow Please RSVP to Jeffery Smith at ny2resettle@theIRC.org and bring a photo ID to enter the Chanin building. The International Rescue Committee is a non-governmental organization that assists refugees overseas and in the United States. From Uncertainty to Safety will celebrate refugees around the world and the IRC’s continuum of relief, rehabilitation, and resettlement work. About the presenters: Dale Buscher is the Director of Protection and Participation Program at Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. He has assisted refuges since 1988, coordinating programs in the Philippines, Guantanamo Bay, Croatia, Albania, and Kosovo. Subsequently, Mr. Buscher was the Director of Operations for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva, where he oversaw the organization’s $25 million international programs – covering 20 countries and 800 staff. During his 4-year tenure at the ICMC headquarters, Dale started numerous new programs during extended field postings in Bosnia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Mr. Buscher has also worked for UNHCR’s Department of International Protection drafting operational protection guidelines and for the Strengthening Protection Capacities Project, which focused on four African countries hosting refugees. Mr. Buscher earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology and sociology from Iowa State University. Sai Aung Tee Kham is a refugee from Burma; he is of the Shan ethnic nationality. Sai Aung obtained his law degree in Burma and went on the form the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy in 1988 as way to advocate for his people; persuading them to unite for freedom, democracy, equality and justice. In 1999 Sai Aung fled to Thailand with his family. They were granted protection by UNHCR in 2001 and arrived in New York two years ago. Mo Nom Tee Kham, Sai Aung’s daughter, will graduate from the Manhattan Comprehensive Day and Night School in Manhattan this month. She recently received a four-year, merit-based full scholarship from the Posse Foundation to attend Dickinson College. Mo Nom’s application to the Posse Foundation was one of more than 2,200 – she was one of 119 recipients. About the International Rescue Committee’s work on the Thai/Burmer border: The IRC started work its in Thailand in 1976 in response to the influx of refugees fleeing Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Today, the IRC serves mainly refugees from Burma – ethnic Karen, Karenni, Mon, Shan and Burmese – with programs in health, education, sanitation, food and refugee campsite maintenance. IRC currently provides programs along the Thai-Burma border and in Bangkok. Activities include comprehensive primary health care, water/sanitation programs, food and relief supply distribution, community eye care, health worker training and refugee protection/advocacy. The IRC also supports local community-based organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees in isolated border areas and internally displaced persons inside Burma. Most recently, the IRC opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand to assist refuges throughout Southeast Asia seeking admission to the United States as refugees. The seventy staff members at the overseas processing entity have interviewed almost 8,000 refugees in Tham Hin refugee camp and fielded prescreening missions to Malaysia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and the Philippines since October. This summer, the International Rescue Committee expects to resettle nearly 1,000 Burmese refuges in its U.S. resettlement offices. The New York Resettlement Office will assist many of the arrivals. About IRC and the IRC New York Resettlement Office Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is the leading non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services and advocacy for victims of oppression or violent conflict. At the IRC New York Resettlement Office, staff and volunteers resettle refugees from more than 20 countries and provide food, shelter, medical assistance, literacy and language training, job skills development, and income-generating programs for hundreds of refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, and other immigrants affected by violent conflict each year. IRC New York is the oldest of the IRC resettlement offices. We believe that, in making the transition to life in the U.S., a refugee's greatest resource is him or herself, and we assist clients in translating skills, interests, and experiences into assets that are valuable in their new country. Here refugees have opportunities to plan their own futures, take charge of their lives, and rediscover feelings of peace, dignity, and self-sufficiency. Please feel free to forward this to friends, families and colleagues!
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