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World Refugee Day: How Refugee Resettlement Works

June 19, 2012

Date: 06/19/2012 Location: Falls Church, VA Description: Foreign journalists meet with the director of the refugee center, a former refugee himself. - State Dept Image

June 19, 2012; Falls Church, VA
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Jean Duggan-Foschetti
Telephone: 202-504-6314; email:

In honor of World Refugee Day, the Washington FPC hosted a local tour to a local refugee resettlement center, the Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area center in Falls Church, VA. The tour met with board members who explained the organization’s mission to help refugees from their arrival at the airport to their first job interview, with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. Journalists also observed a cultural orientation class for two newly arrived refugee families from Iraq.