USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT:  Jim Farrell at jfarrell@uscridc.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants President & CEO, Lavinia Limón, and Film and Television Actor, Jeff Fahey, to Travel to Jordan to Meet with Refugees from Syria and Iraq, July 3-6

(Crystal City, VA) – Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and film and television actor, Jeff Fahey, Global Ambassador for USCRI, will travel to Jordan to meet with Syrian and Iraqi refugees July 3-6.   While in Jordan, Ms. Limon and Mr. Fahey also will meet with international and local NGOs and governmental representatives in an effort to gather information on the refugee crisis in the region.  Approximately 60,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan in the past year.  It is estimated that 400,000 human beings who cannot return to the former lives in Iraq still live in Jordan today after nearly decade.

“I have spent time with many people over the years who were displaced by war and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq and in Africa – while it is always deeply disturbing, we must not look away.  We hope that we can help in some way now by meeting and listening to these refugees from Syria, and to the Iraqis who continue their lives as displaced persons in Jordan after ten years.  Each time we gather the facts of these tragedies directly, the international community must endeavor to learn better - and in fact it does - how to respond to the enormous global refugee problem,” said Jeff Fahey, Global Ambassador for USCRI.

WHAT:     The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants President & CEO, Lavinia Limón, and Film and Television Actor, Jeff Fahey Meet refugees from Syria and Iraq

WHERE:    Jordan

WHEN:     July 3-6

Ms. Limon and Mr. Fahey will be available for media interviews during the trip by contacting Jim Farrell at jfarrell@uscridc.org.

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