23rd Annual National Conference

Strengthening Communities for Refugees in a Changing Environment


May 31 - June 2, 2017•HOLIDAY INN ARLINGTON•4610 N. FAIRFAX DRIVE•ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22203


 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D.

President, ECDC

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Plenary 1: U.S. Refugee Policy Updates
  Mark Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Ken Tota, Deputy Director Office of Refugee Resettlement
Tracey Renaud, Acting Deputy Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Invited)
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Matching Grant Training
Session B: "Planning Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Programs"
Session C: Preferred Communities Training
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: "Serving Trauma Survivors with Mental Health Challenges"
Session B: "New Americans, Endless Possibilities:
                  Helping Skilled Refugees Integrate Into the Workforce"
Session C: Reception & Placement Training
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m - 4:45 p.m. Plenary 2: Refugee Admissions & Programming
  Larry Bartlett, Director, Refugee Admissions Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Barbara Strack, Chief, Refugee Affairs Division U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Larry Yungk, Senior Office United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Invited)
Anastasia Brown, Director, Division of Refugee Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (Invited)

 

 

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Plenary 3: The World Refugee Crisis: A Humanitarian Perspective

  Jenny Yang, Senior VP, Policy World Relief
Bill Frelick, Director, Refugee Program Human Rights Watch
Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-founder Migration Policy Institute (Invited)
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Plenary 4: Creating Welcoming Communities for Refugees

  Seyoum Berhe, Virginia Refugee Coordinator
Jill Brumbine, Virginia State Refugee Health Coordinator
Jenny Siegel, Refugee Child Protection Coordinator, USCCB
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: Reception & Placement Training
Session B: "Strengthening Refugee Families": Tools for success
Session C: "Refugees' Right to work: Civil Rights Protections & Resources"
Session D: Matching Grant Training
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  Session A: "Ways Employment Programs Can Thrive in a Changing Resettlement Landscape"
Session B: "Issues in Naturalization, Immigration Scams and Building Community Partnerships"
Session C: Preferred Communities Training
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Plenary 5: Refugee Voices: Challenges and Successes of Resettlement

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Annual Banquet

 

 

 

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Community Engagement
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Affiliate Best Practices
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Affiliate Recognition and Evaluations
12:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch and Departure