A presentation this week will “demystify the process of resettlement of refugees and asylees, and clarify many common misunderstandings,” according to a news release.
Melissa Lukes, Refugee Community Sponsorship Program Developer of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, will also outline the challenges of resettling for refugees and asylees in the United States, plus information on current Afghan resettlement in Kansas, according to the release.
In addition, “Catholic Charities’ program of Refugee Community Sponsorship, with three levels of commitment, will be outlined, along with additional opportunities for individuals and groups to participate.”
The 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 informational meeting, “How Groups and Individuals Can Assist Afghan Asylum Seekers,” is free, but registration is required to attend in person at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Register to attend, or find the event livestream, at this link.
According to the release, the event’s sponsors are: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; Plymouth Immigrant and Refugee Alliance (PIRA); Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (L.I.R.I.M.); St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center; KU International Affairs; KU International Support Services; KU Institute for Leadership Studies; Pat and Dave Willer; Ed Quick; Margie Wakefield; Watkins Law Office; Nora Murphy and Jim Beach.
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Ahmad “Baset” Azizi is a KU political science student, not a congressman. But that’s what his older sister claimed as she showed a picture of Azizi to an officer at the crowded Kabul airport on Aug. 24. Her family was desperately trying to escape Afghanistan after it fell to the Taliban.