Department of State Hosts Discussion on the Power of Refugee Stories

On September 21, the U.S. Department of State will host a panel and discussion on “Making Media That Matters: Amplifying the Stories of Refugees.” Hosted by Assistant Secretary of State for Cultural and Educational Affairs Evan Ryan and Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar, the opening panel will feature Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, Ben Stiller, actor/director/advocate, and representatives from the refugee community.

This event will bring together members of refugee communities, refugee service providers, government officials, foundations, and leaders from the technology, media, and entertainment industries. It aims to forge new connections and develop alternative strategies that can better harness the power of storytelling to highlight and amplify stories about refugees. This event will take place at the New School in New York City during the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly and follows the White House Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Refugee Crisis.

The panel will be followed by an open discussion to explore ways to increase the resonance and reach of refugee stories with the goal of increasing global support for resettlement. The stories of refugees and refugee service providers will be highlighted throughout the event.

The event is open to the media by RSVP. Limited space available. Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov. To add to the discussion, follow #RefugeeStories on Twitter.

Source: U.S Department of State