The Capital District Region serves as a relocation center for a growing numbers of refugees from Iraq and other conflict areas across the world. Many who come are women and children who have spent years living in appalling conditions while awaiting relocation. Please join us in learning about the challenges they face in adapting to new lives here in the capital region and the community efforts being made on their behalf. 

Speakers:
Layheng Ting, Refugee Women Experience in Albany: A Lesson Learned from Emmaus’s Work
Ms. Ting is the Executive Director of Emmaus Intervention Project with Refugees and Recent Immigrants. Emmaus’s mission is to help refugees and recent immigrants to achieve sustainable and fulfilling lives by providing family based English literacy classes and advocacy services for all ages of recent immigrants and refugees.

Elaine Hills, The Causes and Human Costs of Targeting Iraq. Ms. Hills is an anthropologist and epidemiologist who works with the Iraqi Refugees Project (IRP), a community-based coalition that works to: welcome newly resettled Iraqis to the Albany region; help Iraqis with their transition into life in a new culture; advocate for policies that promote the well-being of Iraqi refugees; and educate others about the great need for Iraqi refugee assistance.

What: Iraqi Women Refugees and Community Action in the Capital District 
When: Wednesday, February 24th 2010, Noon to 1:15
Where: The College of Saint Rose , St. Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Avenue, Albany

Admission is free and open to the public

Sponsor: The College of Saint Rose,  Women and Gender Studies Committee, The Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity Studies (CREST), the College of Saint Rose Art Department, and the Department of History and Political Science.