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Imagine the experience of a refugee—a life of displacement, deprivation, violence and fear. It is a life in which going home is an impossibility. A life of severed roots and lost investments, lived in unfamiliar places surrounded by unfamiliar cultures. Now, imagine the impact of someone who cares. Someone who listens, someone who helps navigate life in a new country. A volunteer who knows that a culture of welcome starts with a smile and means so much more.
On any given day, the U.S. immigration authority detains over 32,000 people. But when we look closely we see that many of those in detention are asylum seekers, torture survivors, victims of human trafficking and others who should be helped, and not thrown into a jail cell.
Youth from cities through out America gather in Washington, DC, to share their experiences and perspectives at the U.S. Refugee Youth Consultation. The Washington, DC, event is part of the Global Refugee Youth Consultations occurring internationally. It is the first gathering of refugee youth hosted by such a large representation of non-profits involved in refugee resettlement in the United States. In the midst of a global refugee and migration crisis, this video provides an introduction and platform to the voices of refugee youth living in the United States.