In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20th as World Refugee Day. Since 2001, people around the world have celebrated the day with events that honor the world’s more than 16 million refugees and raise awareness around refugee issues.
Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants (LORI) goal is to provide a platform for refugees to share their stories as well bring awareness about the refugee crisis around the world to Baton Rouge residents. This event is free to the public and will have cultural dances, food, and art displays.
LORI 6TH ANNUAL WORLD REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT DAY ~ PRESS RELEASE
“Home is a concept on its own with diverse meanings to different people. To us, Home is conceived as a safe space. Louisiana is now our Home, and we genuinely appreciate that the United States has given us a second chance at life. When communities recognize the value of being truly welcoming and intentionally work toward the inclusion of newcomers, they create a culture and environment where all residents feel empowered to work with each other in strengthening the social, civic, and economic fabric of our city and state.
Our vision for this program is to provide a safe platform for refugees and immigrants to share their stories and enhance awareness about the global refugee crisis while recognizing their contributions amongst Louisiana residents”.
Theme: WELCOME HOME ~ HOPE AWAY FROM HOME
The theme is an underlining of our mission to create an inclusive and nurturing environment for refugees and immigrants. We aim to share this sense of belonging with others who embark on similar journeys. The WRID event promises to be a cultural extravaganza, showcasing an array of global cultures within our community. This year, we have included resource tables representing different countries, displays of cultural artifacts, a myriad of international dishes, and a heartwarming blend of global and Cajun cultures.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Family Youth Service Center at 1120 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
We believe the strength of our society lies in embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity. The WRID event has drawn hundreds of participants in the past, including local dignitaries, faith leaders, businesses, and members of the immigrant and refugee community. When we find strength in our diversity, we build a resilient community that fully harnesses all residents’ talents, skills, and contributions to thrive.
Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants